Week of Sept 8 – 14

By Steve Parkhurst, Senior Editor, USDR.

Looking at the news and opinion out of London each day.

9-14-15

Corbyn backs In. Corbyn backs Out. What effect will he have on the EU referendum?

Perhaps the most important question is whether or not the money and manpower of the two big parties is deployed during the campaign.

If Jeremy Corbyn honestly cares about the workers, he’ll back trade union reform

Most Tube staff do not support strikes. Their right to work, and our right to travel, should be respected by the militant few

Labour MPs must decide where their loyalties lie in a Corbyn-led cabinet – as must Corbyn himself

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-fulfilling prophecy

Could this start-up save the Greek economy?

A five-day accelerator, run in London by Reload Greece, hopes to develop ideas that can have an immediate social and economic impact on the debt-ridden country

9-13-15

Corbyn’s victory reveals Labour’s revulsion with real voters

The party has deeply honourable roots, but in a world with the universal franchise and post-industrial employment, it must work out what, and whom, it is for

Jeremy Corbyn has arrived — here’s what happens next

It has happened. Labour has elected Jeremy Corbyn as its leader. The party hasn’t just lurched to the left, but dived headlong in that direction. Never, in the history of the universal franchise, has a leader of one of the two main parties been so far from the political centre.

Corbyn is a test of what the Conservatives are made of – not what Labour is made of

Will Cameron and Osborne snooze on their oars, or take the opportunity to redouble their radicalism?

Jeremy Corbyn: Labour will be led into the wilderness by a characterless man

The party is so denuded of talent it is hard to see where the succession to Corbyn will come from

Jeremy Corbyn is redefining opposition – come what may

By ripping up the Westminster rulebook, Labour’s leader has a chance to reframe political certainties

9-12-15

Jez, he did – Jeremy Corbyn is the new leader of the Labour Party

Jeremy Corbyn has won the Labour leadership in the first round with an extraordinary 59.5 per cent of the vote. Andy Burnham came second.

The day the Labour Party died

Labour members didn’t want to keep the flame alive and fight. They wanted to see their party go out in a final blaze of uncompromising glory

Jeremy Corbyn’s acceptance speech was the stuff of Tory dreams

When George Osborne watched Ed Miliband winning Labour leadership in 2010, he shouted “Yes!! Yes!! Yes!!” I imagine he had probably passed out by the end of Jeremy Corbyn’s acceptance speech: it was the stuff of Tory fantasy.

As Jeremy Corbyn becomes Labour leader, do you hear that? It’s the sound of new politics

The people who built Jeremy Corbyn’s victory are not West Wing wannabes but thousands of activists across the country

9-11-15

Questions the BBC need to ask to show balance on the EU

The BBC will I trust wish to be fair in the long run up to the EU referendum. We know they have a list of questions to ask to assist the stay in campaign, as we hear them regularly on radio and tv. Just to help them I am going to suggest some other questions they need to ask to show balance.

Sadiq Khan wins: is Labour handing England over to the Tories?

After giving Scotland to the SNP, Labour appears to have gift wrapped London for Zac Goldsmith

Without aspiration or elitism, university has become a breeding ground for unrefined lad culture

For those of us who studied literature, it would have been hard to go from reading Jane Eyre to inveigling totty back to our rooms and doing violence on them

Iain Dale: In my view, Syed Kamall edged our LBC London Mayoral debate

Boff was, well, Boff. Greenhalgh never really sparked. And Goldsmith was, frankly, all over the place.

9-10-15

Jo Johnson wants the higher education market to work better. Here’s a way of ensuring that it does.

Whatever he does to validation, he should ponder replacing the current system of tuition fees and loans with commissions.

The need for cheaper energy – and to keep the lights on

The two questions that the Committee needs to ask when considering this Government proposal are these. Will it will help or hinder the Government in their central task of making sure we have enough power in this country for our future needs? And will it help or hinder what I hope is also the Government’s task, which is to provide value for money and sensibly priced energy, so that we can tackle fuel poverty and have a plentiful supply of reasonably priced energy to fuel the industrial recovery and the general economic recovery that the Government wish to see?

Jeremy Corbyn’s anti-style might soon come back to haunt him

Corbyn captures a wider revulsion at the slickly managed, focus-grouped politics that many associate with New Labour

9-9-15

The Left should keep its moral lectures to itself

I’m sick of lefties’ sense of moral superiority, when they actually have a fundamental lack of humanity

The rightwing firebrand was once a Trotskyite. It’s a common enough political journey – but there are ways to avoid it

Villiers warns that Ulster’s government might run out of money

Also: Plaid savage Welsh Labour’s record (but guarantee to keep them in office); and an SNP plan to fix alcohol prices risks EU’s wrath.

Why does the left care more about Islamophobia than anti-Semitism?

Why do leftists care more about Muslims than they do about Jews? If that sounds confrontational, consider this: this week, the Met Police released the latest hate-crime figures for London. They show that offences against Jews have risen by 93% over the past year, while offences against Muslims have risen by 70%. And guess which story the BBC, Guardian and Independent, those voices of the British liberal conscience, have chosen to flag up? Yep, the 70% hike in Islamophobic attacks, not the nearly 100% hike in anti-Semitic offences.

The Labour deputy leadership election: who are you voting for?

With one day left to vote for the party’s deputy leader, the candidates set out how they plan to contribute to a Labour victory in 2020

9-8-15

Daily catch-up: a glimpse of the political future – David Cameron versus Jeremy Corbyn

Intimations of the kind of trouble into which a Corbyn-led Labour Party is heading

Make no mistake, Labour is at war with itself

Those in the party who think Corbyn will not be as bad as they once feared are deluded – he will be worse

The Government’s case is inadequate – MPs should support proper purdah for the EU referendum

Today’s votes offer a real opportunity to protect the fairness of the ballot.

There are almost no wise heads left on the Labour benches

Like a relegated football team which hoped to bounce back but failed to do so, the Opposition is in crisis.

Their failures of imagination, inspiration and organisation paved the way for Jeremy Corbyn’s rise

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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

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