Week of Jan 14 – Jan 20

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


Why do politicians insist on ramming credit down small businesses’ throats?

The evidence suggests that SMEs are mostly happy with their financial positions – but still they’re encouraged to borrow, borrow, borrow.

Benefits Street exposes Britain’s dirty secret – how welfare imprisons the poor

The left should be angry at how we treat those at the bottom. Instead, they’re angry at people talking about it

This is a delicious tale. The little guys showing up the heartless multinational giant

The fight for compassionate Conservatism

Why Iain Duncan Smith winces whenever a Tory denounces benefit claimants


The Tories must speak for the middle classes

Davd Cameron and George Osborne show admirable concern for the elderly, the working (and workless) poor, and for wealth-creators – but not the people who put them where they are

Some Labour figures worry that the party leader is overdoing the anti-business rhetoric

David Cameron, cash, colonels, crusties – and the future of fracking

The week ahead promises a significant step over one of the defining environmental issues of the decade

The Spectator book review that brought down Macmillian’s government

Did Harold Macmillan stitch up his succession – or did Iain Macleod’s famous Spectator piece, 50 years old this week, stitch up Macmillan?


Osborne backs a rise in the National Minimum Wage – and spikes Miliband’s big day

“When I look at the British economy, I see [it] expanding…I think Britain can afford a higher minimum wage.”

George Osborne’s announcement last night he supports an increase in the minimum wage to £7 an hour has shot Ed Miliband’s fox. And his cat, his dog, his goldfish, his hamster and his Bolivian marmoset called “Che”. If you recall, today was supposed to be the day of Miliband’s big economy speech. But its focus turned out to be something of a movable feast, to the extent that at one point yesterday it seemed Labour’s leader was planning to underpin the recovery by referring the British middle class to the monopolies and mergers commission.


His speech today confirms it: Osborne is becoming the face of Tory welfare policy

And that ain’t necessarily a good thing. The Tories’ moral mission could be forgotten amid all the talk of cuts.


It’s time to put a stop to Vote Early, Vote Often in Britain

That our electoral system is compromised shames our standing as a liberal democracy.

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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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