Week of June 23 – 29

By Steve Parkhurst, Senior Editor, USDR.

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

6-29-15

It’s not ‘Tory lite’ to recognise that Labour’s problem is economic credibility

Of course the last Labour government did not cause the global financial crisis. But we did make errors, and until we admit that, the electorate will not listen to us

Who’s afraid of Big Bad Putin? He has overplayed his hand.

Russian President has trapped himself in a self-destructive spiral of nationalist rhetoric, economic self-harm and military aggression.

Tunisia attack: With no one left to impress, David Cameron can act freely on terrorism

The degree to which crude political calculations have determined previous responses to terrorism is depressing

With Tunisia, David Cameron faces his first real test on terror

A faultline separates Theresa May’s instincts from those of the libertarian right. The prime minister must tread carefully

We English want our homes to be castles – but only if they’re freshly painted

Seven out of 10 of us don’t like our homes as they are. I’m not surprised

6-28-15

Decline and terror. Europe is failing.

There is a common link between horror in Tunisia, murder in France and failure in Greece – a continent-wide crisis of politics, economics and culture.

Lib Dems shouldn’t put their faith in divine intervention

Farron’s latest claim that he lacks ambition hints at a sinfully laissez faire relationship with the Commandment

6-27-15

The transatlantic flirtation behind Ukip’s sudden meltdown

Nigel Farage and his senior adviser were caught up by the glamour of the Tea Party – to the fury of some in their own party

Cameron is trying to negotiate with people who can’t agree on anything

Even if they do cobble together a deal, it won’t be meaningful reform and it won’t be lasting. Which leaves Out as the only option.

6-26-15

Where’s the timetable for the Conservative London Mayoral candidate selection? Here’s the one we need

The contest should run “long” rather than “short”. And our preference is for a ballot of members – which all candidates’ names should be on.

The rest of Europe knows that David Cameron is bluffing

The PM’s negotiating team have been reduced to asking for a few white rabbits

This summit has underlined just how long things take in Brussels, with squabbling member states confronting daunting problems

‘No children, no dogs, no DSS': The demonisation of benefit claimants is helping fuel homelessness, and it’s about to get even worse

With housing benefits cuts on the way, a rise in evictions is inevitable

6-25-15

Daily catch-up: David Cameron, colossus; Labour contenders, insignificant no-marks (I don’t think)

The Prime Minister has been underestimated, but the ‘Labour giants of yesteryear’ thesis has been overdone

Official: income inequality has fallen under David Cameron.

“Inequality has gotten much worse in the United Kingdom,” declared the Nobel laureate Joe Stiglitz when he was on Andrew Marr’s Start the Week last month (clip below). It’s one of those things that ‘everyone knows’ which is (to put it politely) not supported by the data. The latest inequality data came out today, taking us up to 2013/14.

If Osborne cuts tax rates for the rich, he must also curb their tax privileges

We won’t complain if the Chancellor reduces the top rate further. But the trade-off should be fairer property and pensions taxation.

Cameron wants his legacy to be that of a great social reformer

After the glow of election victory come the hard yards, as the PM looks to cut the welfare bill by £12 billion

Our poverty rules are an insult to everyone – it’s time to rip them up

By using dodgy statistics to overstate their case, the Left has caused much of the public to ignore the real problems of deprivation

6-24-15

Goldsmith declares his bid for the Tory mayoral nomination

Having secured a thumping endorsement from his Richmond Park constituents, the environmentalist and Eurosceptic officially joins the race.

Can Gove drag our justice system out of its Victorian time warp?

The civilising rule of law is threatened by archaic procedures and severe budget cuts

The emerging United States of Euroland

It has long been permitted to talk of political union on the continent, just as surely as it has been regularly denied in the UK. On 22nd June the “five Presidents” of the Euro area (EU Commission President, Eurogroup President, the President of the Euro Summit, the President of the ECB and the President of the European Parliament) set out their vision of how to deepen economic and monetary union.Their wishes include a common Euro area Treasury with binding commitments to converge the economies of the zone, controlling and disciplining fiscal policies for each nation and completing a financial union.

Alan Milburn finally confronts Labour with the hard truth about Tony Blair

lan Milburn has told Labour something it does not want to hear: Tony Blair was as great for the party as Margaret Thatcher was for the Tories. At a breakfast with the Centre for Social Justice this morning, the former health secretary argued that  Labour ‘could not have got it more wrong’ at the last election and urged the party to snap out of its ‘self-delusion’ that New Labour and Blair were all bad

6-23-15

Cameron backs Family Hubs. Now he must make them work.

The support on offer must be value for money for the taxpayer – not to mention valuable for the parents and children who will actually use it.

The BBC is not as important as the NHS. Its supporters need to stop being so thin-skinned

The BBC and its uncritical cheerleaders need to get over themselves

Why Ed Miliband may have lost Labour the next election, too

By not staying on as caretaker leader, he has ensured his party plots its course in panic and ignorance

It’s clear that many are tiring of the Greek crisis

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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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