Week of Mar 25 – Mar 31

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


The people feel ignored – and they are angry

Not one leader of a major party has a true connection with ordinary folk. This is dangerous

They are not what they used to be, partly because today’s MPs have less to write abou

Even Ukip misses the key point in this tired debate over Europe

Nigel Farage should make invoking Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty the centrepiece of his policy

Hardly any attempts have been made by the party to reconnect with ‘blue-collar’ voters


Has Ed Miliband’s luck finally run out?

The Budget made clear how much stands between him and No. 10

Knives out for Warsi in reshuffle

After a few weeks of Boris vs George, Conservatives are now starting to gossip about something a little more immediate: a post-European elections reshuffle. I understand that the Prime Minister is currently experiencing concerted lobbying from many ministers and backbenchers to remove Baroness Warsi from her post as ‘senior minister of state’ after her decision to wave about a front page on the ‘Eton Mess’ in Number 10 on ITV’s The Agenda a few weeks ago.


How to cut energy bills

Regulation is important, but competition is essential. Later this morning, ConservativeHome will host a means of improving it.

Britain is becoming an ungovernable country. David Cameron, with no money or majority, is in three coalitions


The government supports an inquiry into energy market – for the wrong reason

Ed Davey, the rather hapless energy secretary, has told the House that he “strongly supports” an inquiry by the Competition and Markets Authority into the energy companies’ cartel (sorry, healthy profit-making market). And what did he give as his reason for being so enthusiastic about Ofgem’s recommendation for a full scale investigation of energy prices?

Gove’s plan to let unqualified staff into schools needs a rethink

Nigel Farage’s ‘victory’ in the debate was tactical, not strategic: it could help Cameron in the long run

So now what? Yesterday was the day of the Great Debate. And today is the day of the… well, it’s not entirely clear. Reading the coverage this morning – it must be said, rather less coverage than the hype promised – I’m reminded of the morning after the first Obama v Romney debate. That was billed as a game changer. Victory was suddenly in Romney’s grasp.


The Europe debate this evening between Nigel Farage and Nick Clegg is hugely significant for all the parties

Labour is now the Establishment Party. And it hopes you all Know Your Place.

Stephen Kinnock’s progress towards the Commons highlights a role reversal.

The Fixed-term Parliaments Act is no longer helping Miliband

There’s still a long way to go for Ed Miliband


The Clegg-Farage showdown could seriously damage the PM

A brief geopolitical interlude to grapple with the Russian threat will not get in the way of what Downing Street intends to be a week devoted to the economy. David Cameron promoted his pension reforms at a Saga event in Peacehaven, Sussex, yesterday, before flying to Holland for the nuclear security summit. Today he will fly straight from there to Hull, for a jobs announcement.

Willetts is right to be honest about tuition fees

But that won’t stop it being a difficult issue for the Tories at the next election.

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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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