Week of Apr 1 – April 7


Looking at the news and opinion out of London each day.

4-7-14

Cameron’s renegotiation strategy is no longer an obstacle to a second Tory-Lib Dem coalition

David Cameron’s plan to renegotiate Britain’s membership of the European Union has long been regarded as a major obstacle to a second Tory-Lib Dem coalition. But, as I report in the Mail on Sunday, this is no longer the case.

4-6-14

Reassurance – not revolution – is the Tory mantra for 2015

Conservative strategists need to ensure the Nigel Farage effect is short-lived – and draw voters’ attention back to the economy ahead of the general election

Labour’s cost of living problem

Labour’s shifting positions on the economy have not so much resembled a journey, more a spate of forced evacuations. It is as if Ed Miliband and Ed Balls have been marooned on a series of islands; clinging to each argument until the tide turned against it and then being swept off to grasp at the next.

The political class is mired in delusion

The reaction to Nigel Farage’s debates victory over Nick Clegg illustrates how deep our leaders’ self-deception goes

4-5-14

How green policies hurt the poor

Cold? Hungry? Short of cash? You can always eat carbon credits…

4-4-14

Why has Labour’s response to Maria Miller taken so long – and why has Cameron’s been so weak?

The response of both parties to the Maria Miller row has been very strange. Labour has waited until today to make a comment, with Chi Onwurah saying in the last half an hour that David Cameron’s ‘weakness and double standards on the issue of Maria Miller’s expenses are totally unacceptable and completely out of touch’.

Nigel Farage is the new Sarah Palin, rambling on crazily about Russia

Nigel Farage has just completed a fascinating phone-in with Telegraph readers. The discussion was wide-ranging, and the Ukip leader engaged with it in his usual avuncular style. That is until the conversation turned to his professed admiration for Vladimir Putin. At which point, not to be put too fine a point on it, he fell apart.

4-3-14

Cameron’s North-West Frontier

The region will be the most crucial battleground of all of them next year. No wonder the Prime Minister kicked off a regional tour there yesterday.

4-2-14

Boris is back on top in our future leader poll – just. And Osborne’s support nearly doubles.

This part of our monthly survey confirms the Chancellor’s soaring popularity among Party members.

Why not fine those who waste the NHS’s resources?

What do I want from the budget, I was asked. So I had a think. One plea was for no more pasty taxes, which I argued distracted from the more serious changes that would actually affect most people. So Osborne decided to cut the Bingo Tax, and we ended up with #bingogate.

4-1-14

Osborne tops our Cabinet league table for the very first time

A response to the Budget? Probably. But the Chancellor’s numbers have been shooting up for some time now.

Nigel Farage: an anti-politics anti-hero who confounds the Westminster consensus

Watching that “I Love Nigel Farage” documentary on Channel 4 last night, I was struck by the frequent, ironic juxtaposition of “No Smoking” signs and our Jurassic hero. While the entire world has embraced clinical hygiene of both the body (no fags, no booze) and mind (political correctness), Farage carries on as if the 1970s never ended.

What Osborne is trying to achieve with his “full employment” ambition

ConHome suggested it – and now the Chancellor has followed through. Here we explain the politics and economics of full employment.


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Across The Pond is edited daily by Steve Parkhurst. Steve is a political consultant, a writer at his blog as well as a Senior Editor here at US Daily Review. Follow Steve on Twitter @SteveParkhurst

All opinions expressed on USDR are those of the author and not necessarily those of US Daily Review.

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