Week of Nov 26 – Dec 2

Across the Pond by Steve Parkhurst

By Steve Parkhurst, Senior Editor,  USDR.

Looking at the news and opinion out of London each day. *The UK has a national leadership election on December 12*


Tougher sentences are not the answer – we need more scrutiny of convicted terrorists

Many people will say that the only thing to do with people such as Usman Khan is to detain them indefinitely. That instinct is understandable, but it is not right

Prosperity not austerity

When the new government announced its economic aim is to promote growth and prosperity it heralded a most important change. It was a change I had pressed for for several years, meeting with disapproval  from Mr Hammond.


In these last twenty seconds of the Marxist dream, the Left has lost its mind

A former leader of the Conservative party, Iain Duncan Smith, posts pictures of his vandalised constituency office online. This provokes an avalanche of vicious abuse and threats of violence against him and his family.

The pound has been rising

There has not been a lot of media comment,  but the pound has risen   from 1.06 Euros to 1.17 Euros since August  and from $1.21 to $1.29. The commentators say this has happened thanks to opinion polls implying a Conservative government that can get Brexit done. Indeed, its not so far off the Euro 1.23 and $1.37 levels  it was at just before the referendum.


Tax independence

The Conservative Manifesto, echoing Vote Leave, promises to take back control of our money and our laws. Some are writing in to claim we will have to live with tax harmonisation or a level playing field with the EU after we have left thanks to the wIthdrawal Agreement.

Labour is in trouble and Jeremy Corbyn’s the reason why; At the gasworks end

The party, reports a huge new statistical survey based on YouGov polling,  is heading for a crushing defeat. In London it is set to lose both Kensington — its most spectacular gain in 2017 — and Dagenham and Rainham, which has been a solid supporter for decades.


Better off out

I have always believed and argued that we can be better off economically once we leave the EU. As long as we have the right budget and follow pro growth policies on exit, the UK economy can speed up a bit from its current levels.

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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.