Week of May 28 – June 3

Looking at the news and opinion out of London eachday.

6-3-13

The NHS is being held together by “sticking plasters” that “will only last so long”, the head of the NHS Confederation has warned.

And a survey of health leaders reveals that one in five believes the financial pressures on the health service are worse than they have everbeen.

6-2-13

UKIP up on 21% in Observer/Opinium poll

An Opinium poll in The Observer tomorrow has Labour on 37%, the Conservatives on 26%, UKIP on 21%, a record high, and the Lib Dems on 6% a recordlow.

20 Labour MPs turn on Ed Miliband over refusal to hold EU referendum

New campaign group, Labour for a Referendum, puts pressure on Labour leader to offer an in-out vote on Europe

The politics of food

A new report claims that more than half a million Britons are now reliant on foodbanks

Why Ukip is a party of extremists

Last Saturday I wrote for my newspaper a column whose drift was that it was time for the sane majority of the Conservative party to repel those elements on the Tory right who plainly wish the Prime Minister and the coalition ill, and who would never be satisfied with his stance on Europe, however much he tried to adjust it to pleasethem.

A perfect example of Britain’s EU problems

The decision to trigger legal action against the UK for restricting access to benefits for some foreign nationals has alienated politicians across thespectrum

6-1-13

The EU declares bureaucratic war on the UK

It was always agreed in the EU that welfare systems should be under national control.Even Labour, when giving away 138 vetoes over important policy areas, kept a red line around welfare. Decisions about how much to pay, and to whom, were to be made by national Parliaments and governments. The UK signed up to the free movement of workers, not to the free movement of benefitseekers.

Ed Miliband is a blancmange in a hurricane

Labour’s leader is weak, indecisive, lacks clarity, and has turned his party into avacuum

Ukip is trying to become a grown-up party. Just look at Farage’s response to Woolwich

Ukip has been unusually quiet in its response to the Woolwich killing last week. The only thing we’ve heard is a tactful statement on the day from Nigel Farage, slamming the incident and calling for calm. Not a peep more, and certainly no outlandish statements about tackling the ‘cancer’ of Islam. The muted response is a clear sign Ukip is working hard at its messagediscipline.

Hague calls for national parliaments to veto EU Commission plans

Daily Mail was the first paper to have yesterday’s story about the European Commission taking Britain to court over access to benefits for EU immigrants, and it is also the first to have today’s about William Hague’s plan to give national parliaments to reject Commission proposals if enough of them agreeto.

How to tackle the EDL

Those wondering how to respond to English Defence League marches this weekend can look to the example of tea and non-confrontation we set at York mosque

5-31-13

Tim Yeo: humans may not be to blame for global warming

Humans may not be responsible for global warming, according to Tim Yeo, the MP who oversees government policy on climatechange.

After Woolwich, what will change?

Theresa May knows what it is necessary to do to fight Islamism – but her hands aretied

The EU Commission is the gift that keeps on giving

Iain Duncan Smith has received a special delivery: a big present, gift-wrapped in blue paper and yellow ribbon, sent direct from the EUCommission.

5-30-13

Nick Clegg cares more about his party than the country

The Deputy Prime Minister’s strategy is all about protecting the Lib Dems’ poll ratings and his own job, says JacobRees-Mogg.

Boris Johnson is ‘absolutely increasingly confident’ of Cameron 2015 win. How reassuring.

Boris Johnson is ‘absolutely increasingly confident’ that David Cameron will win in 2015. This was the Mayor’s attempt at responding to Andy Coulson’s suggestion that he’s desperate for the PM to fail so he can cycle in and save the party, a blondmessiah.

5-29-13 

George Osborne plans to harness £11.5bn savings via new star chamber

Chancellor upbeat on target for 2015-16 spending review but ministers may face grilling in revived cabinet committee

We need cuts, not slices

This is the Government’s last real chance before 2015 to reshape the nature of the publicsector

Labour has a plan to save the NHS, but does it have the nerve?

A health service built for an age of quick cures and brief lives needs drasticsurgery

So Theresa May and Sayeeda Warsi want to ban the preachers of hate? On the contrary, bring ‘em on

The asbestos of publicity doesn’t fan the flames of a vicious dogma into a raging inferno, it first retards them, and then inflicts a fatalmalignancy

5-28-13

Iain Duncan Smith is right about spending

Iain Duncan Smith says the Government should spend more on defence and the police. This is the right approach

You can’t blame big firms for avoiding tax

Britain’s tax system is a complicated and unfair mess – a simpler, fairer system would benefitall

The Tories are playing raucous politics with spending cuts – again

With his spending review drip-feed George Osborne wants us to think the government is back in business. Don’t believe any of it

What we can learn from Woolwich

Philip Johnston weighs up the official reaction to the death of Drummer Lee Rigby and the threats posed to a freesociety

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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