By Steve Parkhurst, Senior Editor, USDR.
Looking at the news and opinion out of London each day.
Isil’s territory is a breeding ground of hate, spreading spores of terror over the web to infect the world
I was asked to write a response to the Autumn Statement by a leading national newspaper. I dropped everything on Friday morning and wrote the required number of words to their deadline, but they did not publish it
George Osborne could be acting decisively to ensure our economic security – but he is far more interested in short-term political gain
Dan Jarvis wants Jeremy Corbyn’s job, but he can’t be involved in any coup to overthrow the Labour leader
Labour may yet have their Bobby Ewing
Because, it says, of its ‘liberal values and respect for human dignity’, the Economist has put out a film about Emily, a 24-year-old Belgian woman, who wants assisted dying. She is physically healthy, and comes, the film assures us, from a happy family. She has suffered from severe depression since childhood, however.
Many readers will know that I wanted quicker fixes of the main banks balance sheets and capacity to lend, rather than Quantitative easing. I wanted the illiquid or damaged banks to have to sell off assets and raise additional capital so they were stronger sooner. The advocates of QE are now able to claim that there has been no great general inflation so far as a result of their money printing, because credit was badly damaged by the crash and remained very tight owing to the tough regulation of the banks thereafter.
For engaging with sceptics, and discussing uncertainties in projections frankly, this Georgia professor is branded a heretic
Thatcherism has spread around the world causing global poverty to plummet.
Labour MPs can’t go on sitting quietly, pretending to back a leader they clearly do not. They need to be brave if they want to save their party
George Osborne’s Autumn Statement, with its backtracking on the slashing of tax credits, leaves a huge question hanging over 21st-century Britain: who has the cojones to do something about the destructive culture of welfarism? Anybody? It seems not. Both the supposedly small-state right and the apparently pro-work left have become bizarrely reluctant to address the spread of the autonomy-sapping welfare state into more people’s lives.
The former London Mayor sullies the memory of his dignified reaction to the bombings he now describes as a ‘protest against our invasion of Iraq’
The Clarkegate allegations have revealed flawed accountability structures and failures of confidentiality – exacerbated by a fixation with the short-term.
The UK has been running a substantial deficit on its balance of payments with overseas countries for some time. The Office of Budget Responsibility has good news for us on this deficit. It forecasts that it will fall from over 5% of our National Income in 2014, to around 4% this year, 3% next year and then to around 2.5% thereafter. It points out the deterioration up to 2014 was caused by a weaker income balance, and suggests that going forward returns on UK investment abroad will pick up again.
The Money Lab: making the wrong decisions about paying for a care home is all too easy – and could cost your family hundreds of thousands of pounds
More money for housing, transport, schools and the city’s cultural hotspots, plus an ‘Olympicopolis’ at Stratford
To have a hope of defeating Isil in Syria, David Cameron needs to be ready to deploy British troops – and make some difficult political decisions
The key Eurosceptic donors who will fund the anti-EU campaign do not feel they can work with him. Will he step aside to aid the cause?
Critics have lined up to warn about the impact of his latest round of austerity, but the public has learned to deal with it
He has succeeded in boosting recovery, but failed to eliminate the deficit. Now he must prove his determination to fix that roof – whether the sun is shining or not.
Spending cuts could end Britain’s membership of the EU
The Corbyn cultists are going on a magical mystery tour which can only end one way. MPs need to wake up and defy this mindless cult
Sturgeon and Swinney must stop relying on Salmond’s belligerent and baseless assertions.
Now 66% of Labour members think Corbyn is doing well, will Blairite MPs stop attacking him from the inside?
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