Willpower or nannying is hopeless, but a dose of team spirit might shed Britain’s extra pounds
A Bill to introduce “tax-free childcare” will be included in the Queen’s Speech on Wednesday as the three main parties seek to make the issue a critical one at next year’s general election.
The more many party members see of Nigel Farage’s party, the less they like it – let alone want a deal with it.
Plus: The rise of the Russian restaurant, Farage’s lessons for Labour, and my farming future
Sudanese govt under fire for young mum’s death sentence
Ed Miliband is a man who poses smiling next to a colleague wearing a t-shirt with Thatcher’s grave on it. He happily knifed his own brother in the back, splitting his entire family in two, and did not even bother to include his name on his own son’s birth certificate.
When Vince Cable delivered his killer line at that day’s Prime Minister’s Questions, MPs in the Commons erupted in laughter and the humiliation of Gordon Brown was complete. The recently installed prime minister had encouraged talk of an early election that would smash the Tories, only to withdraw farcically at the last moment because he feared defeat
The Prime Minister’s sniffy attitude to some of his own natural supporters seems quite likely to cost him power
I have consistently maintained that the Liberal Democrat party is an anachronism, a perversion and general waste of political space. So imagine my joy in recent weeks at discovering that the remaining members of the Liberal Democrat party are starting to agree with me.
I have just read a book so good I want to read it again. But I also want to read (or write) a more complete version of it that is less solicitous of its subject and more concerned with the failures of modern liberalism — as evidenced by the recent success of UKIP and other populists across Europe.
Can the Government maintain its mojo?
The Tory leader has a chance to channel voter anger into meaningful reform
Jim Waterson’s BuzzFeed interview with Ed Miliband is well worth a read. But the opening paragraph stands out in particular.
With one week to go till polling day, the Tories are throwing the kitchen sink at the Newark by-election. When Patrick Mercer resigned last month, it was assumed the Conservatives would easily hold the seat. But since then, Ukip gave a strong performance locally in the Euro elections, adding an unknown element — a higher turnout in Ukip’s favour? A rise in the anti-politics sentiment?
Ed Miliband must resist the temptation to take a right turn on immigration. He won’t win an election fighting on Tory ground
Abbott warns Miliband against edging towards Ukip
In Brighton in 1996, an insurgent party held its first and as far as I can see only conference. Liberal journalists gazed on the gaudy spectacle with wonder and disdain. We could see that he Referendum Party was a sign of the coming age of the super-rich. It was created by Sir James Goldsmith, a corporate raider who inspired the English tycoon Sir Larry Wildman, in Wall Street, and, you may not be surprised to hear, was a vain and bombastic censor to boot. (He persecuted Private Eye in the courts for not treating him with the deference a mighty plutocrat deserved.)
Business secretary admits he knew of polls suggesting he should be leader, after close ally Lord Oakeshott resigned
Tax Freedom Day, which falls today, is cause for celebration. It marks the point in the calendar when someone’s income stops paying for their tax bill and they start keeping the money they have earned. It is an annual reminder that people who work hard and play by the rules deserve to keep their hard won earnings. It is why cutting tax has always been a priority for Conservatives.
Dave Small of Redditch Borough Council expelled from party less than a week after local election victory
Vince Cable has issued a statement on the leaked ICM polling.
If the Labour Party can offer no hope to its core vote, then the exodus to Ukip will surely multiply
“Several weeks ago, I told Vince the results of those four polls too.” That one sentence transforms Matthew Oakeshott’s gloriously vitriolic resignation statement from simple self-indulgent flounce into deadly serious political arson attempt.
Will Nick Clegg’s party revert to being a party of protest, or campaign as a party that wishes to help govern responsibly?
For once, the predictions turned out to be correct. The European elections have shaken the establishment. An insurgent leader has defied the odds, and a hostile media, and cemented his place in British political history. Hats off to David Cameron.
ConHome’s conference, Securing a Majority, grappled with the question of how to reach alienated UKIP voters.
Until the main political parties respect the economic concerns of Ukip supporters the party will continue to do well with voters
Cameron’s party will not tolerate a repeat of his Blair-like attempt at a public identity
Investment plans to make even a teenager say thank you
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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