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Week of Dec 31 – Jan 6

author: sparkhurst 4:54 am EST January 5, 2014
Looking at the news and opinion out of London each day.

1-5-14

What the NHS really needs

I blamed the pheasant casserole, but I did it an injustice. Its only contribution to the drama behind my disappearance in mid-December was a residue of lead shot in the small intestine that briefly confused the radiologist. The real villain revealed by the scan was my appendix, which had taken on the raging, bull-necked, bug-eyed appearance of Ed Balls faced with a set of improving growth figures.

Ministers must not take growth for granted

The burden on enterprise and the middle classes is still too high

1-4-14

The moral of the Antarctic ship of fools: never treat a scientific debate as if it is closed

My tweet yesterday – ‘all saved from the ship of fools’ – has turned out to be premature. The havoc created by Professor Chris Turney’s Antarctic expedition  has since increased.  The Xue Long, the Chinese ship which provided the helicopter to airlift Turney and his colleagues from the Akademik Shokalskiy to the Aurora Australis, has itself now become stuck in ice. Meanwhile 22 Russian crew remain aboard the Shokalskiy.

Owen Paterson is right – pragmatism is needed to free housing supply

The planners have managed to inflict a twin disaster – a severely restricted housing supply while ensuring that any new building that is allowed as ugly as possible.

1-3-14

David Cameron, human shield

Party members blame him for the Government’s problems and credit his Ministers for its successes.

12-31-13

Green taxes are Party members’ U-turn of the Year

Conservative members regard it as not just a significant u-turn, but also a good one – but what does it say about Cameron’s convictions?  
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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

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