Week of Jun 14 – 20

By Steve Parkhurst, Senior Editor, USDR.

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


How did the Remain campaign get the British character so wrong?

It is inevitable that the tone of the referendum campaign will change. The cheerful slugfest of accusation and name-calling would seem grotesque after last week’s terrible event. But what will not – must not – be allowed to change is the substance of the argument.


Jo Cox MP murder: House of Commons re-issues security guidance to MPs and tells them to call police if they have security concerns

MPs were tonight told by the House of Commons’ authorities to call the police if they have any concerns about their security in the wake of the murder of Labour MP Jo Cox.


Jo Cox dead: Latest updates after Labour MP dies after being shot and stabbed outside Birstall library

The 41-year-old mother of two has been killed in the attack in Birstall, West Yorkshire, police have confirmed

Vote Remain, or risk turning Britain into Argentina

Far from providing a solution to mistrust of EU institutions, Brexiteers have done their best best to undermine trust in British ones.


Is Britain ready to risk it with Brexit? Why everyone could be wrong about the EU referendum

Pundits and pollsters are having a nervous breakdown as they try to work out who will clinch victory in the EU referendum, with every rise and fall in the polls just prolonging the agony.

Sadiq Khan’s advert ban shows he is an illiberal censor at heart

Six weeks ago I was one of the 1.3 million Londoners who voted for Sadiq Khan as mayor. Boy do I regret it now. Because he’s just shown what he really thinks of us inhabitants of the capital: that we’re so mentally fragile, so pathetic, so vulnerable to the wicked charms of advertisers, that he must censor allegedly sexist ads on our behalf and protect us from offence. In proposing a blanket ban on bus and Tube ads that make people feel bad about their bodies, Sadiq has revealed his authoritarian, paternalistic contempt for the people who swept him to power.

Nick Timothy: I’ve already voted Leave – but these wretched campaigns show everything that’s wrong with British politics

Whatever the outcome, the Political Rules of Engagement must change if we are to restore trust in our democracy.

UK government bond prices surge on hopes of Brexit

Remain and the Treasury like to attribute all market moves to hopes and fears of Brexit. They  should be thrilled to be proved wrong on government interest rates. They  said they would go up if Brexit seemed likely.  Instead, as  pro Brexit  polls have improved since the turn of the year UK government borrowing rates have plunged. The 10 year rate is down from 2 % to 1.2%, a fall of 40 %. Bond prices have surged.

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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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