By Steve Parkhurst, Senior Editor, USDR.
Looking at the news and opinion out of London each day.
Why everyone wants the UK to stay in the EU and the rise of tech rockstars. Five things I learned from Davos 2016
A climate of intimidation and deceit is growing around those Conservative ministers who want Britain to leave. They can’t stay silent forever
These unusual bed fellows both have the same goal, but two very different visions. Corbyn needs to separate his campaign from that of Britain Stronger in Europe if Labour is to succeed
As we await details of the PM’s deal, we should take a different look at our relationship with Brussels
The midwinter boondoggle up an alp demonstrates exactly what has gone wrong with the world
This is not about the nanny state snooping on home educators, but parents’ duty to honour their children’s rights
Would the idea boost the chances of a Leave vote, or secure a better deal on which to Remain? And even if it’s desirable, is it feasible?
Plus: Trump v Sanders? Beckett’s report: smell the ostrich dung. And: I have never used poppers.
The decision by the Commons Home Affairs Committee to investigate the flaws which currently allow too many of this country’s criminal “Mr Bigs” to avoid repaying their illegal profits is welcome. The committee believes that “loopholes” in the current legal framework and weaknesses in the way that prosecutors enforce confiscation orders are at the root of the problem and plans, in response, to use a series of parliamentary hearings to identify ways in which the sums recouped from offenders can be increased.
Also: Cameron and Soubry strike out at SNP; McCluskey turns fire on Scottish Labour; Corbyn accused of fixing Welsh by-election selection; and more.
With oil at $28 a barrel, the North sea and its supporting investments face a very damaging threat. None of us can know whether in the near future OPEC might change its policy and suddenly reduce capacity to put the price up; and none of us can know exactly when enough capacity will be closed elsewhere in the world where there are exposed investments and very high costs to get supply back into line with demand and to get the oil price higher. All we can do at the moment is try to manage what we have. Today, we have a very low oil price by recent historical standards, and it has completely undermined the business model and the investment case for many parts of the industry.
The Labour leader wants to be seen as a man of principle – but he is talking nonsense about the Falkland Islands
In some ways, it’s too early to tell. But the question is worth probing because it matters.
Speaking English is essential to integration, but how much farther can the state intrude in the non-criminal family lives of religious conservatives?
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