Week of Feb 28 – Mar 6

London USDR Across the Pond

By Steve Parkhurst, Senior Editor, USDR.

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


Behind a smokescreen of bogus patriotism, ideologically driven cuts to the NHS and all our public services are unpicking the bonds of nationhood


Theresa May was right to go to Scotland this week – but she can’t ignore Northern Ireland for ever

The fall of the power-sharing executive in Northern Ireland was not the direct result of the Brexit vote, but the strain it put on the Union didn’t help

After court cases and footage of its angry boss, the minicab app is losing its shine


We must be ever vigilant of the Left’s insidious domination of our institutions

It is a cliché to speak of “political correctness gone mad”. But it is much more serious when it goes institutional. This week, a report (“Lackademia” by Noah Carl) from the libertarian Adam Smith Institute argued that British universities are largely staffed by the Left.

It’s time to prepare for a second Scottish referendum

Nicola Sturgeon’s case for a second referendum is becoming unanswerable

Jeremy Corbyn has no clue how to help the NHS. That’s why the public wants him nowhere near it

No rally happens these days in Britain without the leader of the Opposition trying to get in on the act. Thousands are marching to Parliament Square this afternoon, where they will listen to Jeremy Corbyn denounce the Conservative Government’s management of the NHS.

The real reason Nigel Farage hates Douglas Carswell

It’s not just about a knighthood. It’s about a real anti-establishment man and a fake one


US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson snubs UN request for climate change meeting

Patricia Espinosa says it would be ‘very bad’ if the US was to stop trying to reduce global warming

Labour leapt into Brexit’s fires – and now the party is burning

The party’s supporters voted two to one to remain, so why does Jeremy Corbyn kowtow to the leavers?

Brown let talk of a general election run out of control. Is Sturgeon doing the same with a second independence referendum?

Whatever Scotland’s first Minister decides to do, events seem to be creating their own momentum.

The Guardian view on Philip Hammond: more honesty is needed about budget pain to come

The chancellor cannot pretend that the next round of austerity is simply an accounting exercise. Lives are at stake


The Lords are entitled to amend the Brexit Bill – or to try to. But not to dig in to delay it.

What took place yesterday looks less like peers hunkering down for a fight than preparing, after a show of defiance, to run up the white flag.

At last, Owen Jones realises that Jeremy Corbyn’s time is up. But will the Labour leader listen?

If you want an understanding of just how desperate Labour’s situation currently is, consider this: Owen Jones is turning out to be the voice of reason.

Shop prices down again, disposable income up

Yesterday the BRC published its latest shop prices index. Over the last year prices are down by 1%. This is a smaller fall than recent figures, but shows there is still fierce competition on the High Street and on the internet, with the overall balance of prices under good control.


The Telegraph becomes the Faragegraph

The paper offers him publicity, and he is a perfect fit for its developing worldview.

Juncker has “four or five scenarios” in mind for EU integration after Brexit

Belgian daily Le Soir has obtained information about the broad thrust of European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker’s revamped proposals for EU integration after Brexit. What to make of them?


Conservative MPs are not up for the challenge of reducing public spending growth

Hammond was right to postpone the date by which he aims to achieve a balanced budget. But whether or not Tory MPs really have the appetite for one is doubtful.

Theresa May’s new third way

The Prime Minister is trying to steer a path between globalism and nationalism

What is professionalism?

It is sometimes said there are only two professions, the law and medicine. By this people have meant that these two skills or arts require long study of the past corpus of knowledge, stiff professional exams, continuous professional development once qualified, and supervision by a professional regulatory body.

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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.