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Week of Mar 13 – 19

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By Steve Parkhurst, Senior Editor, USDR.

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


We must not allow men like Max Mosley to do Putin’s work for him by weakening our own vigorous, free media any more

This last week we have learned again that Britain is being poisoned, both literally and metaphorically.


This is how to curb Putin: stop welcoming Russian kleptocrats

The diplomatic reaction to the Salisbury poisoning won’t stop more terrorism. Better to stem the tide of dirty money


Hammond keeps it real faced with Brexit fantasy

The Chancellor’s Spring Statement comes on the day when the OECD reminds us that Britain has gone from one of the fastest growing of the world’s advanced economies to the slowest.

Few of us pay any attention to our local council – until it totally combusts like Northamptonshire

Members of Parliament regularly bemoan the fact that however high up in the democratic pecking order they come, their lack of actual, hard influence over their local communities is a source of frustration.

Why the Conservative Party should champion female entrepreneurship

If they want to remain the party of business, the Tories must channel both Thatcher and Cameron and embrace the need to broaden access to capital.


Jeremy Corbyn’s refusal to stand against Russian aggression shows he is utterly unfit for his office

Russia’s brazen disdain for Theresa May’s ultimatum to explain why one of its former spies was poisoned by a Soviet-era nerve agent in Salisbury has plunged relations between the two countries into their worst crisis since the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Labour moderates turn up the heat in Cold War with Corbyn

Jeremy Corbyn’s response on Russia continues to send ripples through the Labour party. After the Labour leader failed to say that he believed Russia to be responsible for this attempted murder, his spokesman went one further in the post-PMQs briefing.

Corbyn’s position on Russia failed to impress Conservative or Labour MPs – but the public might see it differently

Strategically, it may make sense to keep in check the rhetoric of conflict and aggression, given the Russian leadership’s view of the world as threatening it. But that wasn’t an argument Corbyn chose to make, and what he did say went down badly

Javid’s integration strategy is long on plans, but short on measurable goals

Social cohesion is a tricky thing to quantify, but the Communities Secretary should explain how he plans to decide if his pilot programmes are a success or not.

Russia crisis exposes danger of PM Corbyn

Jeremy Corbyn consistently dismays the majority of Labour MPs with his eccentric views, his ineffective performances at PMQs and his hard-Left takeover.

Labour MPs dig in for new cold war with Jeremy Coryn and Seumas Milne

Moderate Labour MPs are lining up against Team Corbyn, but at least one former operative is staying loyal.


Theresa May has demonstrated that Britain will not be pushed around by Russia

Prime Minister Theresa May did a fine job in uniting the House of Commons today in the wake of the poisoning of a former Russian spy and his daughter with a military grade nerve agent in the city of Salisbury.

Hammond’s seriousness, professionalism and – yes – dullness make Labour look lightweight

It is not that he dares to be dull, but that he cannot help being so. He has prudently turned it to his advantage.

Can cautious Philip Hammond cut through with voters?

The chancellor may have been more interested in appealing to Tory MPs when he delivered his Spring Statement.


May has given Moscow a deadline – she must enforce it with unmistakeable firmness

The British Government needs to show the same resolve as in 1971, when Sir Alec Douglas-Home threw 105 KGB agents out of London.

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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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