Week of Mar 11 – Mar 17

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


Party members’ budget priorities: more nuclear stations, lower green taxes

And they want deficit reduction even more than a 40p rate cut.


Nigel Farage and ‘new Ukip’ are running away from disaffected Tories. Why?

Who votes Ukip? It’s a question psephologists have been trying to answer for years but Nigel Farage had a clear response on the Sunday Politics today: not just disaffected Conservatives. Based on research by Lord Ashcroft, Farage boasted that ’new Ukip’ — a party which is ‘a lot of more professional, a lot more smiley, a lot less angry’ — now has such a great influence on the Labour party, they will be forced into changing their stance on an EU referendum following May’s Euro elections

His standing with the public is dismal, but his reputation grows as the economy does

What I want from George Osborne’s Budget

Every year the Budget comes and goes, amid a flurry of live blogging and urgent blog posts at The Spectator. And almost every year, the papers are full of the minutiae which make for entertaining headlines.

This isn’t about trashing the economy, it’s about making it more competitive so it works for everyone


Time for Gove

Much of current controversy about the Education Secretary has its roots in his belief that he must push for change while he still can.

Schools need freeing from the right as well as the left

And free schools are doing that

I’m exposing Clegg’s gimmicks to stop him interfering with schools

Simon Jenkins has written a bizarre piece in the Evening Standard. As well as answering that, I’ll explain a few others things about it. Unfortunately, he has completely misunderstood the basics of the universal free school meals fiasco.


Lawson is right: Osborne should cut the basic rate

The Chancellor has the chance to show that the Tories are on the side of ordinary, precarious, Micawberish voters.

Assisted suicide: are we on a slippery slope towards death on demand?

In this week’s Telegram Lord Tebbit and Tom Chivers debate the moral and practical realities of allowing an individual to decide when their life should end. Lord Tebbit foresees an explosion of financially motivated “suicides”, while Tom Chivers insists that with the right safeguards, people should be allowed to die with dignity.


The Tory knives are out for Michael Gove – and Boris is leading the assassins

From the moment he took his job, Michael Gove knew that he would make energetic and determined enemies. The teachers’ unions, local councillors and even his own department all stood to lose from his reforms — and all could be expected to resist them. What the Education Secretary did not expect was hostile fire from those who should be his friends.


The NHS winter crisis that never happened

The BBC should be more careful with its coverage next year.

What policies would you like to see in George Osborne’s Budget?

Well, let the Chancellor know by taking our special pre-Budget survey. You can also have your say on how much credit he deserves for the recovery.


Lord Ashcroft’s EU research event will give an insight into how the referendum may be won – or lost

A focus group can never tell you what to think – but it can tell you how to persuade others.

What’s next for Tim Montgomerie?

Normally, we wouldn’t blog about a journalist moving jobs — but Tim Montgomerie is an exception. He is an actor in, not just an observer of, Britain’s political drama which is why it’s significant that he has decided to step down as opinion editor of The Times, to do other things (as yet undefined).

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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

All opinions expressed on USDR are those of the author and not necessarily those of US Daily Review.

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