Your nominations, please…

by Stephen Tall on June 4, 2006

I’m going to out up a new poll over at m’other gaff soon, asking the question: who is your favourite must-read British political commentator? I’m going to short-list seven, probably from among the following (in alphabetical order):

  • David Aaronovitch (The Guardian)
  • Nick Cohen (The Observer)
  • Matthew d’Ancona (Sunday Telegraph / Spectator)
  • Danny Finkelstein (The Times)
  • Simon Heffer (Daily Telegraph)
  • Simon Jenkins (The Guardian / Sunday Times)
  • Boris Johnson (Daily Telegraph)
  • Dominic Lawson (The Independent)
  • Matthew Parris (The Times)
  • Melanie Phillips (Daily Mail)
  • Andrew Rawnsley (The Observer)
  • John Rentoul (The Independent)
  • Philip Stephens (Financial Times)
  • Alan Watkins (Independent on Sunday)

I’ve tried to give a reasonable spread, both of newspapers and of viewpoint (without resorting to the inclusion of ‘look at me’ controversialists, like Littlejohn).

Have I missed any? Want to lobby for one of those to make the cut? If so, let me know in the comments box.

Meanwhile, there’s still time to vote in my current online poll to say when you think Tony Blair – and seemingly, by extension, John Prescott – should step down. A clear majority are currently urging ‘Immediately’, but there’s a disturbing number of masochists who believe he should ‘go on and on and on’. (Or perhaps you’re really sadists, and think it’s a punishment that fits the crime.)