Week of Jun 28 – Jul 4

By Steve Parkhurst, Senior Editor, USDR.

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


The Tories must now show they are the party of government, or beware

To her credit, Theresa May has rejected the idea – being touted by some of her supporters – of a “coronation” to obviate the need for a lengthy contest for the Conservative leadership. She cannot be seen trying to bypass the views of the 150,000 or so Tory party members who would be denied the opportunity to choose between two candidates for the job if MPs decide to rally behind only one.


Andrea Leadsom: I can be the new Margaret Thatcher

Andrea Leadsom had laid claim to the mantle of Baroness Thatcher as she launches her campaign to become the second woman to serve as Britain’s Prime Minister.


Why Labour has gone eerily quiet – and what happens next

Labour has gone oddly quiet today, and that’s not just because the party is enjoying the mayhem in the Conservative leadership contest. After a very well-organised week of resignations, the rebels have now decided to sit back and wait for Jeremy Corbyn to come to terms with what the party he leads now looks like.

The great Conservative renewal is now underway

The next Conservative leader will define British politics for a generation

The pollsters still have a long way to go to fix their models and restore their reputations

It now seems that the pro-EU campaign were lulled into a false sense of security by erroneous poll numbers.


Ten questions for May

Shouldn’t the next Prime Minister be a Leave supporter? Do you support local authorities setting up new selective schools? Will you serve a full term if you win in 2020?

Letters to the editor: Don’t trigger Article 50 in haste

Letters to Evening Standard


Michael Gove: Boris Johnson wasn’t up to the job

Michael Gove has said he chose to run for the Conservative Party leadership after deciding “reluctantly but firmly” that Boris Johnson was not capable of uniting the party or the country.

Our writers discuss the effect on the runners and riders now that the favourite has quit the race

The EU says no single market without freedom of movement

If the EU sticks to its view that it cannot allow the UK to have any control over migration, the negotiations will be very short. The UK must refuse to continue with freedom of movement, so there will be no basis to reach a new agreement.


The leadership election, Party members and the Tory press. How much difference will the pro-Johnson Telegraph make?

Endorsements don’t matter all that much. But the tone and flavour of coverage does – what stories are selected; how they are written; how they are projected.

Andrew Gimson’s Commons sketch: Sir Alan Duncan mocks “Silvio Borisconi”

The Prime Minister was in gracefully valedictory mode, while the Leader of the Opposition behaved like a not very articulate limpet.


A brighter future for the UK

Yesterday  morning the Chancellor added his voice to the Governor of the Bank of England to reassure markets. It was important  to hear him say that there is no need for panic in financial markets. The Bank is making plenty of liquidity available to banks and the markets should it be needed. He also confirmed that there will be no emergency budget. I have always argued that such a tax raising and spending cuts  budget is undesirable and needless.

Britain’s post-Brexit future. The Iceland option. If you can’t beat them, join them?

The Norway option could represent a solution around which the country can now unite. (It can also be called the Iceland option, but that’s a bit painful this morning.)

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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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