Week of Mar 21 – 27

Across the Pond

London USDR Across the Pond

By Steve Parkhurst, Senior Editor, USDR.

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


Labour could stand up for young voters – if it stops the infighting

Britain’s struggling young people deserve better than a party squabbling over Jeremy Corbyn. Labour must put its focus back on the people who need it

At long last, the Labour Party have picked a side on Brexit! Let’s hope they’ve not left it too late

Keir Starmer, the Labour Party’s Brexit spokesman, has outlined six Brexit tests for the government

No 10’s Scotland gaffe

Today Theresa May travelled to Scotland to give a speech in which she claimed that Brexit will make the UK more united. In an attempt to counter calls from the SNP for ‘IndyRef2’, May said Britain’s exit from the EU creates an opportunity to strengthen the ties between the nations of the United Kingdom.


Why is Nicola Sturgeon so cagey about Scotland’s EU future?

It’s important to keep an ear out for the rhetoric of Britain’s remaining Remain parties, because they are changing, too. Having announced plans for a second Scottish referendum entirely because of Brexit, Nicola Sturgeon is now incredibly cagey about whether her independent nation would even be part of the EU, or perhaps more like Norway.


Westminster terror attack

Theresa May’s speech

Welcome to London

We can say we’re not afraid, light candles and make hearts of our hands but the truth is that we can’t go on like this

The letter I received about alleged police hacking shows how at risk we all are

The whistleblower lists damning claims of spying on innocent individuals by a secretive Scotland Yard unit. It’s now vital that we hold the police to account

The extreme Centre

I see Mr Blair and others are out and about complaining that the centre is not strong enough. He thinks the centre ground needs reinforcing, as he dislikes the way it is assailed by Brexiteers of all persuasions, and by the Corbyn tendency in the Labour party. He still sees new Labour as ideal, as the perfect balance between “the extremes”. It is high time this piece of self serving nonsense was exposed to some criticism.


Martin McGuinness was a coward who only sued for peace to save his own skin

Dealing with terrorists is a hazardous business and it is important that we do not nourish a false historical narrative of events.

Scotland’s prosperity depends on the Union

Scotland’s path to prosperity would be harder to travel alone

Martin McGuinness – a man who put the ballot before bullets

Ulster is where memory burns long and forgiveness comes slow. The death of Martin McGuinness will pass without the spilling of sorrow by many Unionists in Northern Ireland and here in mainland Britain, where the IRA’s terror campaign paid regular, outrageous visits, there will be those who mutter a cold ‘good riddance’.

UK inflation lags behind US and Spain and is close to Germany’s

The countries experiencing some reasonable recovery in demand are all experiencing an upturn in inflation of a similar magnitude. Slow growth economies have also experienced a rise thanks to oil and commodity prices, but less so than the faster growing ones.

Why we must look well beyond the EU for trade

A better way of looking at it might be to see the EU referendum result as the people accepting responsibility and making amends for their past mistakes. With the benefit of hindsight we can see that the EU project was always doomed to fail, insofar as it was intended to develop from a trading bloc to a federal superstate of many diverse nations.


Revealed: The 63 Labour seats the Tories could snatch at the next election

Theresa May has once again ruled out a snap general election but that doesn’t mean the temptation to hold one will go away. Today’s ICM poll shows why: the Tories, on 45 per cent, have a 19-point lead over Labour. This pushes the Government’s poll lead up by three points following a fortnight dominated by Philip Hammond’s Budget debacle, his subsequent u-turn over hiking national insurance rates and Theresa May coming under pressure from the SNP

Resist the pressure for full-time politicians

If an MP neglects his constituents then they can throw him out.

Brexit can’t just be for England, Theresa May must make it work for Wales too

Against a backdrop of mounting pressure on the unity of the United Kingdom caused by Brexit, Theresa May has today signed off on £1.3bn worth of regional investment at Swansea’s Liberty Stadium. As Swansea City fight to avoid Premier League relegation, so too is the Prime Minister striving to maintain the union of our four nations. As Wales and other poorer regions begin to see the taps of EU funding turned off, tensions with Westminster are likely to rise.

The Brexit bunch are the real referendum whiners

In an age of fanaticism, it was always unlikely that the urge to censor would be confined to the left. If you think that the insults conservatives have thrown at liberals will not boomerang back to injure them, consider the following examples of right-wing invective.

In defence of George Osborne (by the Evening Standard’s departing editor)

So I am feeling a bit better about my lack of radio experience. These are exciting times for free movement of labour and with Westminster under the control of Tory and Labour cabals, lovely jobs outside Parliament are tempting. George Osborne is no more qualified to edit the Evening Standard than Tristram Hunt to run the V&A, but now art and antiquities scholars have dried their tears, that is turning out splendidly.

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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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