By Steve Parkhurst, Senior Editor, USDR.
Looking at the news and opinion out of London each day.
What would happen if the Green Party were actually given the chance to put its politics into effect? Here’s one vision
The Chancellor on elected mayors, northern cities and the need for ‘a bit of the Michael Heseltine’
It all hinges on Farage winning South Thanet. But what if he doesn’t?
And why should they shape the election campaign anyway?
And almost a quarter favour a ban on private loans to them.
As Lord Ashcroft turned 69 this week, the international businessman celebrated with a polling event on his birthday to announce the impending Labour bloodbath north of the border
The Kipper complaint of a Westminster conspiracy is not entirely wrong
Something remarkable happened yesterday in the Commons. All the Ulster parties present joined with Labour, the Liberal Democrats and the Conservatives to advocate lower taxes for Northern Ireland. They told us that a lower tax rate in the province would lead to new investment, more company formation, more private sector jobs and greater prosperity. The Commons duly approved unanimously a measure which will allow Northern Ireland to cut its Corporation Tax rate from 21%, the present UK rate, to 12.5%.
A big lesson from the sum of recent Lord Ashcroft Polls is that the balance between Labour’s strength in England and its weakness in Scotland could be decisive in May.
As the Kremlin’s money grows scarce, more repression will take its place.
Writing exclusively for the Telegraph, Ukip’s leader, Nigel Farage, explains exactly what he would do to cut immigration and reform Britain’s borders
It was a bit rich of George Osborne to tease Nigel Farage for ‘a novel approach to policymaking’ for dumping Ukip’s previous commitment to a 50,000 cap on the number of migrants arriving in the UK each year live on the Today programme. George Osborne found this rather funny, even though he and his colleagues have spent the past year doing something reasonably similar.
Instead of prohibiting second jobs, we should treat serving as an MP as being a second job.
As other nations have been rethinking their approach and admitting mistakes, British politicians have been too scared to embrace reform
In contrast to the Bercow masterplan, my idea would cost taxpayers nothing
James Kirkup says the Home Secretary is signalling that she would commit the party to resisting the open-market liberalism of the London mayor
Election day is scarcely eight weeks away, presenting a united front matters, and this is no time for the Conservatives to be squabbling over immigration policy.
The Ukip spring conference was somewhat overshadowed by a publicity stunt from a local theatre group in Margate, which saw dancers dressed as Nazis high-kick their way through Springtime for Hitler to publicise their production of The Producers.
Why is Theresa May doggedly sticking to the Tory net migration target, even when it has failed so badly in this Parliament? Her Tory colleagues might be asking why she’s even talking about it when immigration is not one of the key campaign priorities for her party. It is supposed to be talking about housing this week, not immigration.
There’s no shortage of high-profile candidates to take on this safe seat – but it is a misunderstood part of London.
The Conservatives are right to prioritise housing, but they must go much further
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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