Week of Jan 5 – 11

Across the Pond by Steve Parkhurst

By Steve Parkhurst, Senior Editor,  USDR.

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


Boris should bring in an Erasmus for the Home Nations

Now that the deal is done and all of the arrangements are in place, a section of Brexiteers seem to be waking up to the implications of Boris Johnson’s capitulation to Brussels on the status of Northern Ireland.

Auto-rant, bullshit and self-pity. The conspiracists who stormed the senate. And their right-wing equivalents here.

The centre-right mainstream will be frantically galloping this morning to put as much distance as possible between itself and Donald Trump.



Today I expect Parliament to want more detail on how we get out of lockdown. The Regulations imply another quarter of badly disrupted jobs and businesses, with no early let up in controls. What would be the trigger to allow some relaxation?

Britain is skint – so we should use our post-EU freedom to grow ourselves out of this mess.

It may sound obvious, even trite, but it’s the only way out. The primary purpose of economic policy for the next five years should be to generate revenue.


Can lockdowns work?

Many countries have imposed lockdowns and curfews. There is no sign from the international numbers that those locking down more for longer have been more successful in reducing case numbers or deaths.

Borrowing to keep the economy afloat is worth every penny

The government has so far risen to the economic challenges of the Covid crisis. It’s clear what Rishi Sunak needs to do next

Migration control, NHS spending, boosting growth – and a reworked foreign policy. Four post-Brexit priorities for Johnson.

The Prime Minister’s Leave campaign promised that things would be better when we left the EU. So he must therefore prove it.

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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.