By Steve Parkhurst, Senior Editor, USDR.
Looking at the news and opinion out of London each day.
They were looking confident at Macron towers as the seconds ticked down towards 8pm local time, and they had every right to be. Emmanuel Macron, the exit polls confirmed, has completed one of the most extraordinary political journeys of modern times – a Trumpian exploit, ripping up the rules of contemporary politics to ditch his party and lead a personal movement – a centrist mash up of Right and Left – which now seems almost certain to carry him to the presidential Élysée Palace.
May must strike the right balance between breaking the Party through into new areas and voter groups, and winning a mandate for effective government.
Recently, EU president Jean-Claude Juncker made an odd and revealing remark. Addressing the European Parliament on the topic of Brexit, he declared: “The choice of the British people, however respectable it may be, does not fit into the march of history, not European history and not global history.”
Of all the politicians to have a bad 2016, Zac Goldsmith is high on that list. The former Conservative MP for Richmond Park managed to lose not one but two elections. First, the mayoral contest against Sadiq Khan after a tawdry campaign, and later his seat when he called a by-election after the Government approved Heathrow.
That is why we must all unite behind Mrs May
Jeremy Corbyn as Prime Minister would put our growing economy at risk
The Conservatives are set for a major breakthrough in Scotland at the general election following a surge in support north of the Border, according to a new poll.
The PM will have to decide how to court key voters – and she can’t just threaten them with Corbyn
For those around the Labour leader, the priority is to ensure that he stays on after defeat, or that he is replaced by a fellow member of the faction
We are coming to the end of the first week of an election campaign that few were expecting when this week began. The parties are drawing their battle lines: the Tories are warning of a happy Vladimir Putin and a ‘coalition of chaos’ involving the SNP, Labour and the Lib Dems, while Labour is making this an anti-establishment election (though what precisely the Establishment is up to and which naughty coffee chains it involves remains vague, even for the party’s MPs promoting that message on the airwaves).
For those of us who hoped that Brexit would trigger a democratic rebirth in Britain, these are exhilarating times. Less than a year ago, the establishment was told in no uncertain terms what we, the voters, thought of it; the festering cultural and ideological gulf between the public and governing classes was exposed for all to see.
The prime minister has the opportunity to change the political landscape. Here are five policies that would help to achieve this
The Lib Dems have just nine MPs, Labour is in crisis and Ukip is struggling to find a post-Brexit identity – a large proportion of British voters feel disenfranchised; they may never vote for May’s Conservatives, but they can’t easily find another home. They will likely abstain
You’ve got to hand it to Theresa May: she certainly knows how to spring a surprise, not just on the country but even on her own Cabinet.
Tory sources said that support for the ‘brave’ decision was unanimous
Tony Blair is still a member of the Labour Party. Presumably he wishes, for the time being, to retain that status.
All the latest news and reaction to the Prime Minister’s announcement.
The pound has risen against both the dollar and the Euro on news that Mrs May is seeking a new mandate to implement Brexit. The cost of government borrowing has also fallen, with bond prices rising.
Theresa May now has the chance to secure a mandate for her break with the Cameron government. The sooner the hard Left can be rejected at the ballot box, the better
‘The world is a hair’s breadth from nuclear war,’ says pro-Kremlin news presenter
Fairness for younger people. A shift to technical education. More homes. Tax help for families. Cut the Lords in half. A voluntary cap on party donations.
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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