Week of Jul 26 – Aug 1

By Steve Parkhurst, Senior Editor, USDR.

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


Theresa May is right not to mess with David Cameron’s resignation honours

Downing Street has made clear today that Theresa May will not move to prune down or veto David Cameron’s resignation honours list. This is the right decision.

Theresa May is right to take her time over Hinkley Point

It is not easy to know what is right about Hinkley Point. If the arguments were clearly all on one side about nuclear power, one feels they might have been settled by now. But what the latest twist does show is the strange nature of political decision-making.


Hinkley Point 1) Thatcher drew on Methodism, May has “my method”

It shows an admirable devotion to duty. But whether what was sustainable as Home Secretary will be so as Prime Minister is another matter.


Hinkley Point delay is May’s latest break with the age of Osborne

The critical consensus seems to be that there are more practical, less grandiose alternatives which can come online quicker, and without exposing our energy infrastructure to foreign powers.


Triumph for IDS as jobless families fall to record low: Number drops by 170,000 in a year following string of reforms by former work and pensions secretary

Iain Duncan Smith made reforms to reduce size of ‘bloated’ welfare system

As ISIS stretches its hand into Europe, it is more important than ever that we destroy its base in Syria and Iraq

The group’s possession of physical territory offers it money, freedom of action and a propaganda weapon. We should strip it of all three.

House prices rise in July post Brexit

Another Project Fear forecast bites the dust. According to the Nationwide Index house prices rose 0.5% in July and 5.2% for the year, a slightly faster rate than pre Brexit!

Prime Minister May: Post-Thatcherite.

Her conservatism will likely combine undisguised contempt for the cultural left’s sacred cows with a neo-statist economic policy.


More good economic news turns voters to Brexit

So the second quarter saw good UK growth despite the gloom mongers, despite all the uncertainty about the vote, and despite the pro Brexit vote before the quarter end. Meanwhile a leading pharmaceutical company confirms a large UK investment programme to confound the scientific pundits who said we would lose that kind of thing.

May must act to save the nation’s savers

Every Prime Minister starts out talking about higher productivity but ends up offering more debt and cheap credit. Will this one break the mould?

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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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