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Week of Jul 4 – 10

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By Steve Parkhurst, Senior Editor, USDR.

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


Staying inside the single market forever leaves us at the EU’s mercy

Available to a good home: a statue of the Iron Lady, in bronze. If Britain can’t find a suitable place, I have a suggestion. Send her to Brussels.

Theresa May’s opposition plea could expose Labour’s Brexit position

What a difference three months can make. In April, Theresa May stood on the steps of Downing Street and announced that she was calling a snap election to increase her majority and stop opposition parties from ‘political game-playing’ during the Brexit process.

The British proposal treats EU citizens in the UK less favourably than even the Vote Leave manifesto did. In the European parliament, we can’t accept this

There’s an elegant solution to the secret shame of overdue library books

Recently there appeared in my inbox an email from that splendid institution, the London Library. Were the following two books still in my safekeeping? it enquired.


Corbyn has taken control of the debate and is leading us into a miserable, debt-laden future

Jeremy Corbyn is winning. I don’t just mean he is ahead in the opinion polls – although, horrifyingly, he is. I mean that he is setting the agenda. At some point in the past year, MPs stopped talking about the deficit. Voters, hearing only competing spending pledges, naturally concluded that the fiscal crisis was over, and cast their ballots accordingly.

The Royal Free hospital’s attempt to gloss over its transfer of more than a million health records to the AI developer DeepMind is boneheaded and dishonest

Activists mustn’t be allowed to dictate the terms of the Grenfell inquiry

Also: Macron’s mesmerising Frenchness; Jean Vanier visits the Queen; cold callers


The myth of Britain’s decline

Our glory days are not over – they’re in full swing

We’re repeating the mistakes that pitched the world into disaster last century. But there’s still hope

he way to avoid repeating the mistakes of the past is to study history, or so they say. But then how did we get here? The hideous events of the 20th century – ideological tyranny, economic stupidity and the manipulation of populist rage ending in mass murder – have been more minutely chronicled, catalogued, interpreted and re-assessed than any political phenomena in human experience.

Media culpa: journalists are losing public’s trust

When the audience don’t believe the news, we’re all in trouble


Is the Corbyn bubble about to burst?

The problem with the Labour party is the Labour party


Wake up Nimbys, the option is either Tory housebuilding or Marxist social engineering

Time is running out for Britain’s housing Nimbys, who now face certain, crushing defeat. The pressure has become too great, the outrage of the propertyless too uncontainable, the need for change too overwhelmingly obvious. Denial or self-interested excuses dressed up as concern for the common good simply won’t cut it any more: we will soon start to build a lot more, and rightly so.

Let’s face it: we’re botching Brexit

Both main parties are divided and as much use as a chocolate euro

Education money

It is clear from the reports of discussions within government and within the Conservative Parliamentary party that many think more money should be given to schools that have low funding levels today. There is general agreement to the idea of the pending reform, that a larger share of the money should go as a per pupil sum for each student at the school to reflect the basic costs of provision where ever it may be in the country and whatever the social background.


Former Labour Chancellor vows to ‘fight from within’ to wrestle control of party back from Jeremy Corbyn

Alistair Darling, the former Labour Chancellor, has vowed to wrestle control of the party back from Jeremy Corbyn and his left-wing allies as he claimed the idea of a new party is “for the birds”.

Ministers must stop this cacophony on public sector pay and restore Cabinet discipline

When Theresa May became Prime Minister a year ago next week, we were promised a return to Cabinet government to replace the more relaxed and informal atmosphere of the Cameron era. To some extent it was delivered, with greater emphasis on committees and proper policy papers.

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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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