Week of Mar 31 – Apr 6

Across the Pond by Steve Parkhurst

By Steve Parkhurst, Senior Editor,  USDR.

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

4-6-20

Six lessons that the Coronavirus is teaching us about ways we need to change

The debt to GDP ratio will now surely soar past the 100 per cent mark in the next couple of years into what used to be seen as banana republic territory.

On coronavirus, economists think differently to the ‘common sense’ crowd

The ‘common sense’ approach typified by Piers Morgan has some pretty serious flaws

4-5-20

China, the WHO – and why it’s time to stand up for Taiwan

The former’s exclusion of the latter from the WHO has become a risk to international public health.

Time to bring in a business voice to organise the exit strategy

Tonight the Queen will address the nation, offering the kind of inspirational, non-partisan leadership that Britain needs. Her words implicitly touch upon a question that many have asked during this crisis: are we the same country that got through the Second World War? Her Majesty’s answer is a resolute yes: “The attributes of self-discipline, of quiet good-humoured resolve and of fellow feeling still characterise this country.”

4-4-20

Supply chains and interruptions to output

During the prolonged wrangles over Brexit we were beset with false claims that supply chains would be disrupted by moving to a Free Trade or WTO based future arrangement between the UK and the rest of the EU. Some of us pointed out the long and complex supply chains of industries like the car industry already included substantial supplies from non EU sources which worked fine despite coming from outside the single market.

3-31-20

The role of Parliament in the crisis

I am uneasy that I cannot go to Parliament and raise there the issues and problems that concern my constituents. I appreciate this is the normal time for an Easter recess, but these are not normal times. My case load, email box and website are even more active than usual. There is heightened awareness of government given the large increase in powers and the direct effects it is having on all our lives. I of course take things up by email, phone and letter, as Ministers are working.

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Across The Pond is edited daily by Steve Parkhurst. Steve is a political consultant, a baseball beat writer, 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.