Week of Jan 7 – 13

Across the Pond by Steve Parkhurst

By Steve Parkhurst, Senior Editor,  USDR.

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


EU negotiations


No, interest rates are not the ‘overwhelming cause’ of our housing crisis

Blaming low interest rates for house price rises is altogether too simplistic

Walk with kings but do not lose the common touch

MPs need to be confident communicators, willing to talk to anyone and to learn from anyone. As Kipling might have said they need to walk and talk with Prime Ministers and Secretaries of State , with Presidents and Ambassadors, with Chief Executives and executive Mayors just as they need to listen to anyone in a low paid job, the student and the unemployed to understand how it feels for them.


Boris should only back Trump over Iran if it’s in the UK’s interests

Anyone who spent Christmas catching up on The Crown on Netflix will have marvelled at the portrayal of Harold Wilson by Jason Watkins. For my generation, Wilson was the towering political figure during our most formative years, becoming prime minister in 1964, winning a landslide bigger than Boris’s in 1966, being ousted in 1970 only to return in 1974 before resigning unexpectedly in 1976.

Good King Boris sets out to reunite his kingdom

The Prime Minister conducted himself like a benevolent monarch.

“Trillion dollar bills lying on the street”

If taxes are not to rise, let alone be cut, the Government will need to establish a spending discipline for which it is presently poorly prepared.


Johnson aligns himself in the Soleimani crisis with those who deprecate barbarism

The Prime Minister has shown a moderation of which his critics did not believe him capable.

My clash with Alastair Campbell convinced me it’s time to hug a remainer

I confess I had butterflies doing the first BBC Politics Live of 2020. It felt like the first day back at school. Beyond Twitter spats and Christmas family banter, the festive period had been politics-free.

Today, the clock starts ticking down to the next big Brexit deadline

Getting a deal on the future relationship in a mere 11 months will be challenging, but it is not impossible.

Rebecca Long Bailey goes continuity Corbyn in leadership pitch

After weeks of speculation, Rebecca Long Bailey has finally announced that she is entering the race to be the next Labour leader.

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Across The Pond is edited daily by Steve Parkhurst. Steve is a political consultant, a baseball beat writer, 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.