Week of Aug 18 – 24

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By Steve Parkhurst, Senior Editor, USDR.

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


Corbyn could boost Osborne’s leadership chances

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.

Enemies of Jeremy Corbyn’s politics should not be delighted by his rise

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.

Duncan Smith’s work of a lifetime

His quest to reform the Employment Support Allowance makes sense.

Old-school Corbynomics gives the Tories a chance to kill off the Left

Victory for the would-be Labour leader is a decisive opportunity to expose the follies of socialist thinking

Our public transport is facing its biggest crisis since Dr Beeching

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


Tories must demand the truth about the EU

The renegotiation of membership terms with the EU is an illusion. Conservatives must hold David Cameron to account

Personal attacks won’t have an impact on Corbyn’s campaign

The reasons behind the popularity surge go beyond politics

Do Yvette Cooper and Liz Kendall look like leaders?

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.

Is the game up for China’s much emulated growth model?

From Brazil to Thailand, debt-driven development has ended in tears. A more inclusive strategy must emerge


Jeremy Corbyn’s Iraq apology shows that he isn’t averse to low political gambits

A Corbyn-led Labour government would be a disaster for Britain and would rightly be consigned to electoral annihilation

Who is to blame for the Labour party’s predicament? It’s not Jeremy Corbyn

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

Housing Association riches

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.

The charities using YOUR money to sabotage all efforts to rein back migration

How a cabal of tax-payer funded groups is waging a vicious war on ministers trying to solve the Calais crisis


Buying British

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.


If Jeremy Corbyn is Labour’s leader there may not be a way back

Labour could be about to do something that can never be undone

University was never meant to be for everybody. Young people have been sold a lie

Having dreams is all very well, but our young people deserve a real future, not one based on fairytales

Daniel Hannan MEP: Cameron’s peerages are helping to discredit the Lords

While, even now, some high-minded people are getting through, many peerages are going to time-serving quangocrats.

Nato underwrites the stability of the EU. Corbyn’s idea to take the UK out of it would be disastrous

The grand gesture would do nothing to tackle expansion, and will see Britain treated with nothing but contempt


Four reasons for Corbyn’s resistible rise

His biggest advantage has been his rivals’ failure to argue against the substance of his platform.

Jeremy Corbyn’s rise is all Ed Miliband’s fault

If he’d not been so quick to resign Labour wouldn’t be in this mess

Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party: one of them must go

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.

Dugdale’s uphill struggle as Scottish Labour leader

Also: Kendall and Kinnock turn fire on Corbyn; Burnham confirms support for contesting Ulster elections; and former Tory MEP passes on.

Letters: None of the Labour candidates faces Britain’s need to earn its living

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 consequence of Labour’s self-destruction: weakness in the face of ISIS

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.

If you believe David Miliband has the answer for Labour, the question is: what’s wrong with you?

In his bespoke lexicon of political cliche, “fresh thinking” translates to “barely rehashed Blairite ideas which sounded stale a decade ago”

Cheat sheet: what Jeremy Corbyn stands for

Given by most metrics Jeremy Corbyn is on track to win the Labour leadership contest, his policies deserve to be examined and discussed. Based on his speeches and pamphlets, here is a summary of what Corbyn has pledged to do in key policy areas. There is a surprising amount of detail.

Those who believe that New Labour’s clapped-out politics can transform the party’s fortunes are delusional

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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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