Week of July 30 – Aug 5

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


Why the NHS is like a kitten

Of all the strange behaviours of the rich, owning horses long struck me as the most bizarre. A horse, when you think about it, is a hopelessly unsuccessful attempt to combine a pet with a form of transportation.

Labour are rattled by the Conservatives hiring world class election strategists

Jim Messina, a veteran of the Obama Campaign, has been hired by the Conservatives to advise on social media and political organisation. Mr Messina says he has “long admired” David Cameron. This follows the hiring of Lynton Crosby last November.

David Cameron’s EU tightrope

The Prime Minister needs to perform a delicate balancing act in his EU talks


Why can’t we be told how many members the Conservative Party has?

CCHQ’s main reason for not releasing the number of members who voted to select candidates for the European elections is that the Board hasn’t agreed to do so.  This doesn’t mean that it made a specific decision not to release the figure: merely that since it has not been released during previous European elections, there’s a presumption that it shouldn’t be issued after this one.


The next Tory leadership battle is Boris Johnson vs Theresa May – and it’s already started

The Mayor of London and the Home Secretary are squaring up for the next Tory leadership battle


Gove now almost level with Boris as Party members’ favourite for next Tory leader

When we last reported on who Conservative members want as Party leader after David Cameron, the Mayor of London was the clear leader.

Shapps admits that Labour has policies, but warns that they’d be terrible for the country

In a broad sense, Grant Shapps’ speech to Policy Exchange this lunchtime is similar to Michael Gove’s fiery article for the Telegraph in May. Both make the personal political, as it were. Shapps attacks Eds Miliband and Balls directly and without remorse, but does so under cover of political difference.

The hacking scandal goes beyond the press

The corporate world must be subject to the same transparency and rigorous scrutiny that has been applied to the newspaper industry


The NHS must improve its approach to costing if the market is to work

News that one of the health service’s largest operators of the non-emergency 111 helpline is to pull out of the market will have raised very few eyebrows in the health sector. NHS Direct, which ran the telephone helpline that preceded 111, is on track to record a deficit of £26 million this financial year and, along with other providers, has attracted criticism for a host of operational and qualitative mishaps.

Almost two-thirds of Tory members believe Cameron will be Prime Minister after 2015

Take a look at the figures from the latest monthly survey.

Vince Cable is proving himself a master of hit-and-run politics

The Business Secretary’s interventions on immigration and housing are part of a wider tactical game

Boris the ironist treads a careful path through immigration row

Boris Johnson’s Telegraph columns are often works of mischief, but today’s is a carefully constructed piece of politics. His subject is immigration – about which the political nation has been warring over the weekend. Boris is, famously, pro-immigration – as one would have to be to win elections in London, irrespective of whether one was a Conservative.

Last week’s Across The Pond

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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