One of the biggest barriers to improved performance by all of us is the inability to get around the UK by road or rail. Thursday was a great example. Trying to get from central London to the busy Thames Valley, you had to run the gauntlet of the tube strike, the intrusive roadworks to replace general road with cycle lanes in central London, the strike on Great Western railway and a blocked M 25. If you wanted to go to Kent there was Operation Stack to contend with, closing one of the main motorways.
By Steve Parkhurst, Senior Editor, USDR.
Looking at the news and opinion out of London each day.
Britain can’t afford its out-of-control benefits system. Moderate Labour MPs should support our proposals
Maybe we all need to become better patients, but the NHS has to up its game, too.
The media complain about ‘career politicians’. Yet when politicians come along who aren’t Oxford PPEists, who have progressed via think tanks and spadships to safe seats without their feet touching the ground, journalists are shocked by their failure to conform to contemporary mores.
His grassroots popularity has rattled his colleages, but the leadership frontrunner offers his own version of the hope that swept Labour to victory in 1997
A triumph for direct democracy and localism or a posh-boy stitch-up? The rise of Zac Goldsmith divides even the Tory faithful
Resisting the Tory reforms is absurd because we know that showering the poor with money does no good
Britain is not like Belgium: our actions matter to the rest of the world
Why and how the Conservatives should work with the Lib Dems in this Parliament.
With Jeremy Corbyn and the loony Left on the rise, the party is teetering on the edge of oblivion
The German Chancellor just made a teenage girl cry on television. Any politician doing that in the UK would be crucified.
It wasn’t meant to work out this way. A month ago, Westminster watched to see if Jeremy Corbyn could get the support of the 35 MPs he needed to enter the Labour leadership race. At the time, it seemed a sort of joke. After all, the people who were lending him their backing weren’t doing so for any great love of Corbyn.
After more than a decade of intense negotiations with Tehran, we are still no closer to understanding whether Iran is really trying to build an atom bomb
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Labour is in an almighty mess at the moment. Those involved in the leadership campaigns are surprised by how the mood in the party has changed from quite open acceptance of a need to change in the days after the election defeat to angry dissent when change is suggested, as evidenced by the reaction to Harriet Harman’s welfare policies this week.
Zac Goldsmith is against a London Mayoral shortlist. He is happy to compete in a primary against all comers.
We also have the running order for candidate interviews on Saturday week.
Even a broken clock is right twice a day, and Iain Duncan Smith may be worth listening to – this time.
Whether he is or isn’t on it is a test case of whether the Party practices the values it preaches.
The SNP are trying to provoke noisy confrontations to deepen divisions they can exploit. On hunting, patience and politeness should be our weapons.
We list the committee members who will decide the Open Primary Shortlist. If it’s wide of the mark in any way, please direct your complaints to CCHQ.
With Greece in crisis and Russia still rampant, we must regain the geopolitical outlook we once had if we are to tackle the worst global threats
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