Week of Sept 15 – 21

By Steve Parkhurst, Senior Editor,USDR.

Looking at the news and opinion out of London eachday.

9-21-15

Our moral duty to the migrants is to make Syria safe to live in again

Creating secure havens in the war-torn country is the only long-term answer to this humanitariancrisis

Why I voted for Syed Kamall as the Conservative London Mayoral candidate

I want a winner, but I also want a winner who will be the best possibleMayor.

The rise of Jeremy Corbyn shows political language is being drained of all meaning

We need an urgent review of the terms we use to describepolitics

Revenge! says the Mail, amidst claims of “drugs and debauchery”. Its serialistion of Lord Ashcroft’s biography of the Prime Minister begins.

Labour is likely to pursue the author’s account of when Cameron knew about his non-dom taxstatus.

Is that really the best Lord Ashcroft could dig up?

My first reaction on reading the extracts from Lord Ashcroft’s muckraking biography of David Cameron in today’s Mail was, ‘It that it?’ Ashcroft has been digging for dirt about the Prime Minister for the best part of five years, even luring Isabel Oakeshott away from the Sunday Times to wield the shovel, and all he’s been able to come up with is that he smoked cannabis with James Delingpole when he was a student and may have been present while someone else took cocaine at his house. And, of course, there’s the pigstory.

Why schools need a ‘parental trigger’

Parents should have the right to call a vote of no confidence against failing schools. But unions don’t want that tohappen

9-20-15

Taxi customers face £1.8bn ‘green’ bill

London minicab group Addison Lee says plans to make taxis cleaner and greener will land customers with fareincreases

Owen Paterson: Economic growth is the key to saving the planet

A new idea is gaining ground, under the term ‘Ecomodernism’, which celebrates that economic growth and technology can go hand in hand with greenliving

Arthur Scargill: Jeremy Corbyn isn’t left wing enough

Ahead of the Labour leadership election result, David Cameron warned that Jeremy Corbyn would take Britain back ‘to the days of Michael Foot and Arthur Scargill’ if elected. Well, a week into Corbyn’s leadership of the party — and several gaffes later — it turns out that there is one small snag with regards to Cameron’s premonition; Corbyn is just not left wingenough.

Jeremy Corbyn: Labour’s new leader has ‘puritan’ written all over him

Part of his appeal lies in the party’s links to Methodism, but that could also be hisundoing

The unlikely saviour of the NHS: drug-resistant gonorrhoea

The epic challenges of the post-antibiotic age will take the debate beyond the well-worn issues of obesity and oldage

9-19-15

Jeremy Corbyn’s first week as Labour leader: a series of gaffes, u-turns and general chaos

Harold Wilson’s remark that ‘a week is a long time in politics’ has never been more apt than at the beginning of Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership. The hopey-changey rhetoric that lead him to victory last Saturday has inevitably given way to a more traditional form of compromise politics. While Corbyn’s debut at the Dispatch Box was the high point of his first week as Labour leader, the rest of his time has been devoted to fighting fires — literally in oneincident.

Why I’ve finally given up on the left

Left-wing thought has shifted towards movements it would once have denounced as racist, imperialist and fascistic. It isinsupportable

Police ‘child abuse’ investigations are now undermining justice

It is not only public figures who are having their lives ruined by false and anonymousaccusations

If Jeremy Corbyn had been a woman, how civilised it could have been

What would the past week have been like if the new Labour leader had been female? Bryony Gordon picturesit

Better off out – business benefits from leaving the EU

Leaving will be better for business. Business now agrees we were right to quit the Exchange Rate Mechanism, which damaged jobs and closedfactories.

9-18-15

Forget Corbyn. The Government should turn its attention to the unreformed state.

Starting with Jobcentres, prisons and ambulances, there’s a long list of dysfunctional services that needfixing.

Upset about the way this newspaper has been covering stories about Corbyn? Here’s my response

I don’t care if this sounds self-interested: disparaging the mainstream media as a homogenous lump of Tory clones, as many Corbyn supporters do, is just not verysmart

The Women’s Institute could teach Labour a thing or two about inclusivity

Plus: Good PR for Lidl, the people’s pop andFacebook

Jeremy Corbyn should stand by the dignity of silence

Previous generations rarely sang the national anthem — maybe the Labour leader is just old-fashioned? If so, he should stick to hisguns

9-17-15

Defections threat as Labour MPs unhappy with Corbyn send texts to Lib Dem leader Tim Farron

Jeremy Corbyn faced a threat of Labour defections today after days of turmoil over hisleadership.

Boff is the star of this selection show. But we should choose to win. And that means Goldsmith as Mayoral candidate.

Name recognition plus appeal to floating voters leave this authentic individualist Tory in a position to beat a Labour machine politician nextMay.

9-16-15

Jeremy Corbyn’s first PMQs appearance was like a phone-in radio show

The Labour leader seemed to be angling for a job in local radio at Prime Minister’s Questions as he crowdsourced points from partysupporters

Poor Jeremy Corbyn has found himself in a political situation where he’s damned if he does, damned if hedoesn’t

So Corbyn is meant to sing ‘God save our gracious Queen’ even though he is a republican? There’s consistency foryou

The Conservatives should not deploy money or manpower either way in the EU Referendum campaign

Frankly, we need to get through all this without a split. Resources neutrality is essential to thatend.

9-15-15

If some Labour MPs carry on being disloyal towards their new leader, their predictions that a Corbyn-led Labour can’t win the next election will become a self-fulfillingprophecy

What Conservative MPs are saying about how to deal with Corbyn

They are smart enough to be wary of him – and, even more, of the sense of entitlement that the Party finds it hard to shake offentirely.

Corbyn’s survival requires a sustained grassroots movement. I share none of its core beliefs, but evangelism shows me how this might best be done

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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

All opinions expressed on USDR are those of the author and not necessarily those of US Daily Review.
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