Welcome to The Commentator
If you're interested in new ideas, fresh perspectives and the defence and promotion of the open society, we're hoping this is the place for you.
(NB: For the benefit of new readers who are coming to this site all the time, we are re-posting this welcome note which we published on our first day)
If you have ever thought that there was a gap in the market for discussion about domestic and international affairs from a perspective that actually supports freedom, democracy and the open society you've come to the right place. Drawing on a large network of analysts, journalists, and politicians in the United States, Britain, continental Europe and beyond, The Commentator aspires to be a formidable force in the battle of ideas.
Of course, Rome wasn't built in a day, and neither will the Commentator achieve its ambitions immediately. As an entrepreneurial venture, rather than a corporate-industrial venture with millions if not billions behind it, we are a work in progress. We know what we want to achieve but it will take time to get there. At our launch on Tuesday, April 5, you were witness to little more than an embryonic version of what the site will look like in a month's or a year's time. Nonetheless, we hope you get the picture.
The core aims are threefold:
First, to provide a select but high quality quotient of original, featured news (see top middle of front page), focusing on important issues that are either downplayed or ignored by the mainstream media. We envisage reaching 3-5 new items a day.
Second, to deliver top class commentary on domestic and international issues from the perspective described above. Think the Guardian's Comment is free, and then imagine its equal and opposite. New commentary is featured in the middle of the page below the news items. It then moves to the top left and drops down that column as new items are entered. When we're up to speed there will be around 20 original commentaries on the site at any one time. Again, we envisage 3-5 new items a day in this section. As an adjunct to the commentary you will notice (top right, just below the list of most popular items) a section called Follow the Money which is a dedicated economics and finance column written by a senior practitioner from the banking sector.
Third, to provide a link aggregator along the lines of the big American services of this type such as Real Clear Politics or the Drudge Report. We aim to provide you with a one stop shop of the most interesting news and comment of the day so you don't need to go to 20 different sites to find it yourself. At any one time you will see 40 items in this section.
The rest is self-explanatory. Just browse through the site and see for yourself. We hope it's simple and intuitive to use.
So, share the concept with your friends and colleagues. Write to us with your thoughts. And, once again, welcome to the Commentator!
We are wholly dependent on the kindness of our readers for our continued work. We thank you in advance for any support you can offer.