Week of Aug 11 – 17

By Steve Parkhurst, Senior Editor, USDR.

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


The hard Left wants to seize power on the streets, not at Westminster

Jeremy Corbyn’s supporters are not interested in the compromises required to win an election

Should MPs disrupt Extremism Disruption Orders?

Given the obscurity of the Government’s intentions, the opacity of EDOs and the over-reaching habits of the police, the question must be asked.

Here are some important reasons why the Tories haven’t got 2020 sewn up just yet

In the summer of 1992, when the Conservatives had unexpectedly won for the fourth time, the prevailing view was that they would rule more or less for ever

Gordon Brown issues coded warning against dangers of a Jeremy Corbyn victory in Labour leadership contest

The former Prime Minister did not mention the left-wing frontrunner but pressed the issue of electability


Predicting things is hard. But the urge to know what will happen next is too strong to be deflected by the quietism of ‘whatever will be, will be’

Labour modernisers like me wanted a new way to elect leaders. Good grief

We’ve made a huge mistake

Housing is the nation’s most urgent and complex challenge. Yet we’re paralysed

Right to buy emerged last week as a boon to private landlords. The crisis seems to worsen week by week


Jeremy Corbyn’s debt to Silvio Berlusconi

Tony Blair’s cavorting with a right-wing billionaire mired in scandal epitomises what the Labour party is now trying to leave behind

If the momentum of the last hundred days is maintained what will Britain be like in five years?

Often the reforms are going further than anything that Margaret Thatcher achieved.

Cameron: Tory ideas can shape the next decade for all Britons

This Government is delivering the prosperity and security that Britain needs

Forget Greece: China’s economic slowdown is the biggest story of the year

There’s hardly an industry or a part of the world that isn’t counting on China to keep growing strongly. Soon, that could be a big problem

A-level results: Students now pass exams like they are going out of fashion…

… and they are, sort of, as three big employers alter the way they judge people, probably for the better


Labour must stand for, not against, something

The next leader must grasp that Labour needs to champion ordinary Britons’ creativity, not their hapless dependency

Britain needs Yvette Cooper

Or rather, it needs an effective, lively and responsible opposition. Only Labour can provide it. She is its last remaining hope in this leadership election.

The Tories can start celebrating the Labour leadership result now

The Conservatives are naturally very much enjoying the Labour leadership contest, and are starting to make use of it in the press, with Matt Hancock warning that Jeremy Corbyn would cost every working household £2,400. It’s the sort of thing the Tories were doing in the general election, slapping often rather arbitrary price tags on Labour’s policies, but Corbyn does make it rather easier for these attacks to gain purchase with voters.

A century ago the Liberal party was destroyed by three factors that seem just as relevant today: nationalism, the labour movement, and democratic reform

People’s Quantitative easing

I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry as I heard Jack Straw trying to explain why Mr Corbyn was wrong in arguing for People’s QE to build faster broadband networks and more homes. The problem for Mr Straw – and many others – is how do you persuade people that buying gilts with newly created money is just fine, but buying something else of more potential economic value is not?


Fasten your seatbelts – there’s a little economic turbulence ahead

There are signs that the recovery is slowing, which is all the more reason for No 10 to hold its nerve

The insurgent has breathed extraordinary life into the Labour leadership race. The party must harness the energy he has unleashed, while choosing a chief who can govern and win

Good politicians offer us hope. That’s why we’re drawn to Jeremy Corbyn

We want to believe, and at the moment Corbyn is giving people something to believe in. Maybe that’s good enough

Controlling our borders

Deciding who can become a citizen of a country and who cannot, and deciding who is welcome as a visitor and who is not, is fundamental to that country’s sovereignty. Most UK voters wish to live in a democratic country where the government they elect and influence decides the policy on migration, asylum seeking and visitors, and enforces it at the borders.

Trump and the Brotherhood

We on the liberal Tory centre-Right must take apart the money-tree assumptions of the Left. But we must also turn on the voices of the populist Right.


When will David Cameron step down as Tory leader?

Will David Cameron really consider staying on as Prime Minister for the 2020 election as well? Ever since the Sun on Sunday reported that some of the Tory leader’s colleagues were agitating for him to continue, there has been feverish speculation about whether he will.

Here are the five reasons why you should vote for anyone but Jeremy Corbyn

He’s a nice guy, but I’ve spent most of my adult life trying to keep the Tories out, and he’s the last thing Labour needs right now

Labour’s next leader. Cameron’s successor. And why both will fail without the support of their parties’ MPs

The presumption of Tory members in our own coming contest should be to vote for the person who has won the most backing from the Parliamentary Party.


Chris Grayling MP: It’s Groundhog Day in the Labour Party

Whoever they may elect as their new leader, it’s clear that we Conservatives must be ready to fight the battles of the 1970s and 1980s all over again.

We need the help of non-violent Muslim extremists against Isis

Islamic radicals can fight against jihadism, too

World Health Service or National Health Service?

In the last Parliament I raised the issue of overseas visitors coming to the UK to get free treatment. Ministers told me they were taking action to stop any abuse of our system. This week the Daily Mail has revealed that a person could come to the UK from another EU country, register with a GP, then return to that other country and claim UK money for the costs of any treatment there.

What does it take for Tories to feel compassion for the poor? We can now take ‘mental illness’ off the list

Mentally ill benefits claimants apparently aren’t ‘vulnerable’ enough for them

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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

All opinions expressed on USDR are those of the author and not necessarily those of US Daily Review.