Week of Feb 25 – Mar 3

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


Welcome to the age of four-party politics

The Tories and Labour can’t count on ever winning another majority. Elections will never be the same


Ed Miliband is a strong argument to vote Conservative

Tory voters are even willing to keep Clegg on if it means preventing Labour’s return to gover

How to repair a free school – the next stage of Michael Gove’s reforms

Any government can set out on a journey of reform – the question is whether they can stay on course upon hitting turbulence. The coalition is entering this phase now. Its flagship reforms, universal credit and free schools, are encountering difficulty. We all know about the welfare problems, but not much attention has yet fallen on the nature of Michael Gove’s impending headache.


Going green shouldn’t mean growth-damaging, consumer-hitting, supply-threatening targets

It is not denial of the human role in climate change to believe that they cripple growth, spur rent-seeking, and heap costs on the poor.

Blaming someone else for your fate is disempowering and useless

The voters don’t want another coalition because they’re fed up with Nick Clegg

The well-sourced rumour that the Prime Minister will not lead a second coalition is both interesting and important. In May 2010, the circumstances were such that the country needed a secure government. The weekend after the election was the first stage of the Greek euro crisis and there was a risk that the United Kingdom could face a run on the pound and an inability to sell gilts, so large was the deficit. The joint decision of David Cameron and Nick Clegg to put the national interest above factional party ones is praiseworthy and even with the benefit of hindsight right.


It’s about having the right values, not attracting the ‘right’ people

Should aid money be spent on Britain’s flood victims? Which politicians have responded well to the crisis?

These questions, and more, feature in our March survey. You can take the survey by following the link in this post.


David Cameron’s election gamble could electrify British politics

It was David Cameron’s idea. Remember that. He was the one who stood up on the morning after election day in 2010 and made a “big, open and comprehensive offer” to the Liberal Democrats. The result was the Coalition that has governed us with unexpected success since then, and is expected to do so until the end of the parliament next year.

If the Conservative Party rebranded, what should its new name be?

Progressive Conservatives? Radical Thatcherites? The John Major Workers’ Party? You choose.

National Insurance reform could cost us dear

A ‘simpler’ tax system would provide politicians with yet another opportunity to pick our pockets

– – – –

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.

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published.