Week of Jan 19 – 25

By Steve Parkhurst, Senior Editor, USDR.

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


Davos: five days that failed to save the world

Why everyone wants the UK to stay in the EU and the rise of tech rockstars. Five things I learned from Davos 2016


The EU’s back is against the wall. It won’t go down without a dirty fight

A climate of intimidation and deceit is growing around those Conservative ministers who want Britain to leave. They can’t stay silent forever

Here is why both Corbyn and big business want to stay in the EU

These unusual bed fellows both have the same goal, but two very different visions. Corbyn needs to separate his campaign from that of Britain Stronger in Europe if Labour is to succeed


European civilisation is in danger of succumbing to the EU empire

As we await details of the PM’s deal, we should take a different look at our relationship with Brussels

Let’s make attending Davos as shameful as running a sweatshop

The midwinter boondoggle up an alp demonstrates exactly what has gone wrong with the world

Home schooling needs real scrutiny to ensure it delivers effective education

This is not about the nanny state snooping on home educators, but parents’ duty to honour their children’s rights


The pros and cons of a second EU referendum

Would the idea boost the chances of a Leave vote, or secure a better deal on which to Remain? And even if it’s desirable, is it feasible?

Over at Corbyn Central, the comrades are eating each other

Plus: Trump v Sanders? Beckett’s report: smell the ostrich dung. And: I have never used poppers.

Evening Standard comment: Crime must not pay for Britain’s ‘Mr Bigs’

The decision by the Commons Home Affairs Committee to investigate the flaws which currently allow too many of this country’s criminal “Mr Bigs” to avoid repaying their illegal profits is welcome. The committee believes that “loopholes” in the current legal framework and weaknesses in the way that prosecutors enforce confiscation orders are at the root of the problem and plans, in response, to use a series of parliamentary hearings to identify ways in which the sums recouped from offenders can be increased.


Welsh Conservative MPs press Osborne for devolution u-turn

Also: Cameron and Soubry strike out at SNP; McCluskey turns fire on Scottish Labour; Corbyn accused of fixing Welsh by-election selection; and more.

My contribution to the debate on the Energy Bill, 18 January

With oil at $28 a barrel, the North sea and its supporting investments face a very damaging threat. None of us can know whether in the near future OPEC might change its policy and suddenly reduce capacity to put the price up; and none of us can know exactly when enough capacity will be closed elsewhere in the world where there are exposed investments and very high costs to get supply back into line with demand and to get the oil price higher. All we can do at the moment is try to manage what we have. Today, we have a very low oil price by recent historical standards, and it has completely undermined the business model and the investment case for many parts of the industry.


Mr Corbyn’s lack of gumption would imperil the Falklands

The Labour leader wants to be seen as a man of principle – but he is talking nonsense about the Falkland Islands

Is the Chancellor achieving the rebalancing he wants?

In some ways, it’s too early to tell. But the question is worth probing because it matters.

Cameron is correct to champion our common language

Speaking English is essential to integration, but how much farther can the state intrude in the non-criminal family lives of religious conservatives?

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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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