Week of April 15 – April 21

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


The Health and Safety Executive should be abolished

Mike Penning should put his own house in order


Political bloggers exercise equal opportunities in attacking people

The criticism of Sarah Wollaston has nothing to do with her being a woman


What Cameron can do next for the churches

There are signs that Cameron is increasingly sensitive to public concern and anger about the treatment of Christians in Muslim-majority countries

Is moral change speeding up?

After David Cameron’s whole God thing last week, there was a discussion on the radio this morning about whether religion is necessary for morality. Clearly there’s nothing to stop atheists being as moral as religious people, and as atheism grows in more advanced, literate countries, almost by definition the least corrupt and venal societies also have the lowest levels of religious belief.

The death and resurrection of Jesus is a much harder story than his birth

Instead of contemplating the mystery of our salvation, it is easier to turn away and focus on things which seem more within our mental grasp.


Sexism is ‘in your face’ in Britain because it’s up for discussion

Sexism is more ‘in your face’ in Britain than in other countries, a United Nations investigator has claimed. I can see why the UN’s Rashida Manjoo might think this – for better or worse, sexism is a topic that features frequently in British publications.

There is no better commentator on the mores of the modern world than the incognito graffiti artist from Bristol

Why Fraser Nelson is wrong about a jobs ‘miracle’

I suppose I should by now get over the fact that intelligent, articulate journalists feel able to write with such certainty about data they simply don’t understand. It cannot be repeated too many times that the explosion in the numbers of people ‘on the dole’ (by which Fraser means the number on ‘out of work benefits’, including lone parents on income support and those on incapacity benefits) occurred in the period from 1979 to the mid 1990s, after which it began to fall.


The aid budget increased 28 per cent last year – what have we got to show for it?

If aid is about development, helping allies or promoting peace and prosperity, we need to see the fruits of our £10.6 billion.

The paper used the tears of an American girl to sell its story on child hunger – so what?

It’s official: smaller state and welfare reform leads to jobs record

The British jobs miracle continues, with unemployment now down below 7 per cent and employment at an all-time high of 30.4 million. This is the level that Bank of England Governor Mark Carney said he’d consider raising interest rates – a milestone chosen because, only recently, it seemed as if we’d take years to reach this point. Now we’re past it.


As a party we have been expecting this; Ukip is doing well in the poll

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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

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