Week of Apr 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.


Coronavirus must not rob us of our liberties forever

For a century, emergencies such as this one have been justifications for state coercion


Boris Johnson moved out of intensive care

The Prime Minister has this evening been moved out of intensive care but remains in hospital. After being moved to an ICU bed on Monday night where he received oxygen treatment, Boris Johnson’s position has slowly improved in recent days. Now, in the clearest sign he is on the road to recovery, Johnson no longer requires a bed in intensive care.


We need you, Boris – your health is the health of the nation

How is Boris? For millions of people, that was our first thought upon waking yesterday. And our last thought before we fell asleep the night before. The prospect of losing our Prime Minister was profoundly shocking. “He won’t die, will he?” a friend texted at 11.18pm. “My heart will break.”

Rishi Sunak named successor number two amid claims that Michael Gove was ‘deliberately’ overlooked

The Chancellor will deputise for the Prime Minister if Dominic Raab falls ill, despite earlier suggestions Mr Gove would be next in line


The PM’s recovery cannot come quickly enough for the economy

Politicians of all colours have been effusive in their best wishes for the Prime Minister, and quite right. We all hope Boris makes a speedy recovery from what is a very serious condition. But they should also be asking what happens if, as seems likely, the Prime Minister remains incapacitated for some time. Who will be bold enough, in Boris’s absence, to make the decision to ease restrictions as soon as possible?

The role of Public Health England

Public Health England set out the strategy for handling this pandemic in a document published on 3 March as the “Coronavirus Action Plan”. So far Ministers have followed 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.