By Steve Parkhurst, Senior Editor, USDR.
Looking at the news and opinion out of London each day.
A weak opposition will let the Chancellor set the agenda, and invite a ‘risk versus stability’ frame which plays to his strengths as a candidate.
Mr Corbyn may well win the election for the leader of the Labour Party. Whether there will be a recognisable Labour Party capable of government in ten years time is a very different matter.
His quest to reform the Employment Support Allowance makes sense.
Victory for the would-be Labour leader is a decisive opportunity to expose the follies of socialist thinking
Bus travel in London may be in rude health, but across the country Tory cuts have led to a massacre of routes and services – leaving thousands of low-income passengers isolated
The renegotiation of membership terms with the EU is an illusion. Conservatives must hold David Cameron to account
The reasons behind the popularity surge go beyond politics
A hidden reason for Mrs Thatcher’s victory in 1975 was that lots of older Tory backbenchers fancied her. She was 49 and made the best of it without obvious strain. She was not disturbingly sexy, and she behaved with absolute propriety throughout, thus preventing any filthy old wretch from taking liberties, but she appealed to the chivalrous instincts of the knights of the shires. If today’s Labour selectorate knows the meaning of the word chivalry at all, it is only to denounce it.
From Brazil to Thailand, debt-driven development has ended in tears. A more inclusive strategy must emerge
A Corbyn-led Labour government would be a disaster for Britain and would rightly be consigned to electoral annihilation
When I rejoined the Labour party it was partly out of pity, partly loyalty to a friend. As its candidates now bombard me, I wonder whether they understand where responsibility for their crisis lies
It is good to see a group of charities which are closely linked to the public sector doing well financially. The Housing Association movement has a successful business model. They invest in residential property, often with grant aid for the investment. They let most of the homes out to people who usually need Housing Benefit to pay the rents, so there is state underwriting of their main income.
How a cabal of tax-payer funded groups is waging a vicious war on ministers trying to solve the Calais crisis
The government has set an ambitious target to double UK exports by 2020. That would certainly boost growth and transform the balance of payments. Equally helpful would be reducing imports by making and providing more of the things we want for ourselves instead of importing them.
Labour could be about to do something that can never be undone
Having dreams is all very well, but our young people deserve a real future, not one based on fairytales
While, even now, some high-minded people are getting through, many peerages are going to time-serving quangocrats.
His biggest advantage has been his rivals’ failure to argue against the substance of his platform.
If he’d not been so quick to resign Labour wouldn’t be in this mess
I suppose I’d insult Jeremy Corbyn if I compared him to an American. Jews (sorry ‘Zionists’) and Ukrainians rank high in the far-left’s demonology. But Corbyn and his comrades agree that Americans are the worst.
Also: Kendall and Kinnock turn fire on Corbyn; Burnham confirms support for contesting Ulster elections; and former Tory MEP passes on.
Labour’s would-be leaders lack economic vision; British nuclear power; care for the dying; fair milk prices; and unlikely advocates for a smaller beer glass
A legacy of the Corbyn surge, whoever wins the party’s leadership, is that getting its support for bombing in the autumn will be as problematic as ever – if not more so.
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