Week of Aug 19 – Aug 25

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


There are plenty of steps the Government could take to avert the threat

What a pity, Jowett might say, that Cameron cannot take longer holidays

The puritanical insistence that our leaders over-exert themselves does not mean we are better governed.


If even America’s poor are better off, what comfort is left us?

New data suggests that 95 per cent of Americans are better off than their British equivalents. That is unlikely to prompt the response it should.


Reasons to be cheerful

Gloomy as the headlines may be, here are some reasons to look on the bright side.

Don’t play golf! Do take the ice-bucket challenge! We really do ask the impossible


UKIP ditch principles in return for advancement

The first glimpse of the insurgents’ 2015 manifesto suggests a risky willingness to be all things to all men. It could backfire.

Paul Gascoigne and the deadly cycle of addiction

It is very grim to read that poor old Paul Gascoigne is once again in trouble. There is a wretched inevitability about it. Addiction is a relapsing illness (or “condition”, if you prefer). Families of addicts become wearily familiar with the pattern: a period of abstinence raises the hopes – perhaps with a commitment to treatment, firm promises of change and agonised apologies for past betrayals; but it’s only a matter of time before those hopes are dashed again, when the sufferer has a “slip”, and crashes off the wagon yet again.


Will the Conservatives win on the economy or lose on values?

That’s a stark way of stating the choice that Lord Ashcroft’s polling suggests will loom next May.

The school that proves Michael Gove is right

Success has many fathers, and on Twitter the fight to claim credit for the results at King Solomon Academy has already begun. KSA is an all-through school in Paddington, London, sponsored by ARK, and its results are breathtaking.

English voters send a message to Scotland: we can’t go on living like this

Way back in the olden days, Scottish Labour won the 1999 elections to the Scottish parliament, at least in part, on the back of the slogan Divorce is an Expensive Business. (The SNP’s promise to raise income tax – the naffly named ‘Penny for Scotland’ – helped too. The Nationalists have never since risked making an overt case for higher taxes.)


Why we now need a Labour Speaker

Hoyle should replace Bercow – whose tenure has failed from the start to shake off Conservative suspicions of bias.

New domestic abuse powers? Conservatives should want less state power, not more

The Justice Secretary, Chris Grayling, has robustly defended his policies against somewhat agitated allegations that there is a crisis in our prisons. Certainly, he conceded, that there are difficulties but not, he says, a crisis.

Your doctor may well be killing you

GPs who prescribe unnecessary antibiotics just to stop patients nagging them are putting all our lives at risk.

Labour’s love of inherited privilege shows a lack of class

No wonder there was rejoicing on Labour’s front benches when Michael Gove was shuffled off to the Whips’ Office. The socialist firebrands were clearly worried that if Britain’s schools become any more meritocratic, they might not be able to pass on their own inherited privileges.

David Cameron returns to Downing Street after journalist beheaded

Downing Street has announced that David Cameron is returning to Westminster from his holiday.


Cameron should appoint an Ambassador for Religious Freedom

If Hague can co-chair a global summit on rape as a weapon of war, why shouldn’t Hammond chair one on the persecution of believers?

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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.

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