Week of May 16 – 22

London USDR Across the Pond

By Steve Parkhurst, Senior Editor, USDR.

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


Why migration from Africa this century will make the refugee crisis look like a dress rehearsal

For years, immigration was the issue that dared not speak its name in British politics. Now, as we have seen during the week our three main parties presented their manifestos, it is of central importance to anyone hoping to get elected. Whether it be the arrival of cheap labour from central Europe or of desperate souls on tragically unstable inflatable rafts from Syria, every politician needs a strategy.


Labour will be ungovernable after June 8. Its moderates must split or die

The word from Labour’s frontline is so depressing for the party that its sub-Marxist manifesto has largely become irrelevant. For many candidates, the question is now of personal survival, and of what they and others like them do on June 9, having registered a presumably apocalyptic defeat.

Lord Ashcroft: My election model’s probabilities currently suggest a potential Conservative majority of 162

Labour do less well when figures are based on information about who has probably turned out to vote are used. The party’s turnout, then, will be crucial to the result.

Theresa May, the accidental empress

May’s ascendancy is the result of a remarkable chain of coincidence and contingency


Theresa May missed the ITV debate, yet still left her rivals looking like political pygmies

Television debates are often said to be a job interview to be Prime Minister, so it was bold of Theresa May – the post’s current occupant – to pass up ITV’s chance to debate her rivals on stage this evening. She won’t have much to worry about though, as none of the leaders she left in the studio are in any danger of becoming Prime Minister.

ITV leaders debate: what you missed if you were down the pub – a poor-quality pub discussion

John Rentoul watched the party leaders – minus Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn – so that you didn’t have to

Is the UK ready to strike its own trade deals?

An independent trade body would make it easier to take on the vested interests who favour protectionism


Theresa May’s manifesto is a triumph of common sense over ideology

he crucial premise of this manifesto launch – and of the Mayism which the lady herself insists does not exist – was clearly that statement: “My mainstream government will work for mainstream Britain.”

What Theresa May said when she launched her manifesto – and what she really meant

Our chief political commentator decodes the Prime Minister’s words at the launch of her programme for election in Halifax today

Seven essential points to note in the Conservative manifesto

Pleasingly, it includes several policies that this site has proposed.


WATCH: When Clegg told people to accept the referendum result and “move on”

It was, of course, back when he expected that his side was going to win. His party appears not to have taken the advice.

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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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