By Steve Parkhurst, Senior Editor, USDR.
Looking at the news and opinion out of London each day.
So I gather they think it’s game over. The Bremainers think they have bombed us into submission. They think that we have just seen the turning point in the referendum campaign, and that the British people are so intimidated by these testimonials – American presidents, business leaders, fat cats of every description – that they now believe the British people will file meekly to the polls in two months time and consent to stay in the EU; and thereby to the slow and insidious erosion of democracy in this country.
The Conservative leadership hopeful is struggling to seem prime ministerial.
This time tomorrow, the wards and corridors of hospitals across England will be a lot quieter than usual. Patients will still be there in droves, but the bulk of the staff who normally minister to their needs – that is, junior doctors – will be absent.
Entrepreneur, trader and, ahem, tax evader, the greatest Englishman who ever lived was both hack and genius.
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The British politicians counting on his endorsement don’t understand the resentment he can caus
Almost exactly three months after I was elected to the Commons for the first time, the world changed forever. But as we watched in horror the TV images of the Twin Towers’ collapse and the attack on Washington DC, another, less dramatic but nonetheless far-reaching political touch paper was being ignited. And it’s still burning.
Mr Obama is the creator of the conditions which have produced Mr Trump and Mr Sanders as serious contenders in the US Presidential race. Their candidatures make much of the failure of modern America to lift the living standards of many hard working Americans. Mr Trump is unhappy with Mr Obama’s approach to both China and migration. With Republicans Mr Obama’s big health care changes remain highly contentious.
It’s May 6 and you have been elected Mayor. You will be eager to get to work delivering on your manifesto commitments. But you must be exhausted. You should slow down and be strategic. Your first 100 days will be decisive. So here are my do’s and don’ts.
When Mr Juncker tells me the EU interferes too much I assume he is getting worried that the EU might lose the UK referendum. I look forward to more direct EU interventions in our debate, as it is all about them and the way they behave. One of the worst features of the EU is our national inability to cross examine and fire if necessary the Commission that governs us.
You do wonder whether the Conservative Party appreciates how bad its in-fighting over the EU looks to the country at large, and how deeply it worries the voters who put them into power last May.
The fierce criticism President Barack Obama has attracted over suggestions he wants Britain to remain in the EU seems pretty tame when compared with the ear-bashing he is set to receive from Arab leaders when he arrives in Saudi Arabia today.
No institution – regardless of its fame or its long history – has a God-given right to success or even to continued existence.
Although the weekly meeting of the parliamentary Labour party is a private affair, Jeremy Corbyn’s spokesman offers journalists lurking in the committee corridor outside a briefing as soon as it has concluded. Today he had to take questions from hacks on whether or not his boss goes to McDonald’s – prompted by the news that the Labour party is banning the fast food outlet from having a stall at its party conference.
The fact is that having to defend the status quo is a pretty thankless and unenviable task.
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