By Steve Parkhurst, Senior Editor, USDR.
Looking at the news and opinion out of London each day.
Our country now needs to decide what it really wants from its armed forces
So what if people aren’t happy that his appearance would have cost £275 per second?
Shadow Home Secretary says Andy Burnham is stigmatising the poor and suggests Liz Kendall has swallowed the Tory manifesto
Nick Timothy’s article today arguing that Britain should quit the ECHR will be read as representing the Home Secretary’s view at a time when the Justice Secretary is still weighing his options.
Tories must take back the language of social justice, so that words such as ‘inequality’ have some real meaning again
Yvette Cooper may lack some of Andy Burnham and Liz Kendall’s momentum but she remains a formidable opponent in the Labour leadership contest. On the Andrew Marr Show this morning, Cooper was quizzed on how enthusiastic she is for the job, given her late entry to the contest
Despite scepticism from the left, it’s worth taking Cameron’s commitment to the needy at face value
The most feared Westminster commentator on the Labour leadership, MPs’ holidays and Andy’s ‘Fandies’ (plus several other good tidbits)
Exclusive: senior Labour figures tell Michael Deacon how the party can move beyond this month’s crushing defeat
Children are not a surprise. They are not delivered, out of the blue, by a vindictive stork
The media’s comic inability to foresee the election result will have political consequences.
How very tiresome it already is to hear arguments over the European Referendum campaign based not on numbers and facts, but on emotion, intuition, and partisanship. I would have thought that after Dan Hodges’s worst nightmare, politicos would be a bit more cautious about their predictions. Ukip’s former treasurer, Stuart Wheeler, doesn’t seem to have received the memo.
In the run up to the Euro I was invited to various meetings and even dinners with senior Germans. They thought that if they explained to me the inevitability of the Euro and the alleged joys of more European integration I would see their point and change my mind. These events always started very amicably, with my hosts praising part of the UK’s democratic traditions and past and even finding good things in what I had said and written.
The Government is reducing the unions’ power as political donors – now we must act to reform our own party finances
New reforms will stop union barons funding Labour without their members’ consent. But we also need to change our own funding model.
The logic of Ukip’s only MP when he dismisses anti-austerity protests is that the whole population must submit to an ‘elected dictatorship’
Earlier this month Ben Harris-Quinney stepped down as the chairman of the Bow Group, following internal frictions over the Conservative think tank’s partial Ukip endorsement ahead of the election.
We can’t risk Putin reading a failure to hit it as a sign of weakness.
I always think it wise to look at what big institutions do, rather than believe everything they say. The parade of executives from large multinationals telling us the UK has to stay in the EU or else, does not ring true.
The first fully Conservative Queen’s Speech since 1996 combined economic effectiveness, strong leadership and, crucially, social justice
Welfare reforms and Universal Credit will change the country’s attitude to benefits, says the Work and Pensions Secretary
Plus reading on the NHS, the Human Rights Act and Hieronymus Bosch
They’re an interesting mix, ranging from Londoners like Karen Buck, Lyn Brown and Emily Thornberry to those with seats in the Midlands, such as Ian Austin, Jim Cunningham and Steve McCabe, and helps the Cooper campaign’s claim to have nationwide support, rather than backing from MPs in certain parts of the country.
For years some Eurosceptics have written to me and others complaining that there is no referendum on staying in the EU. They argued that the Conservatives could not win a General election, and argued that if they did they would rat on the promise. Well, they were wrong on both counts.
Plus a timely QTWTAIN and some updates from the Moose
With the agenda set out in today’s Queen’s Speech, the Prime Minister is on a mission to spread his party’s appeal
Imagine a world which never was – one where David Cameron lost the election, and Labour’s awkward leader is about to step up…
Could there be a sadder sight today than Nick Clegg, intervening on behalf of his now tiny ‘minor party’ in the Queen’s Speech debate? The Lib Dem leader is responding to this afternoon, his first intervention since the general election, and plans to use his slot to complain that the Tories are already turning their backs on the ‘clear thread of liberalism’ that his party installed in the government.
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