Week of May 17 – 23

By Steve Parkhurst, Senior Editor, USDR.

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


Letters: The pursuit of a European superstate recalls the continent’s dark past

IR – Boris Johnson is spot on (“Boris: How EU wants a superstate, as Hitler did”, report, May 15). EU oligarchs are terrified that Britain might adopt its traditional role of standing up to continental tyranny, and sabotage their long-cherished plan to create a European superstate.

Cameron won’t purge his Brexit rebels, but there will be a reckoning

If he wins the EU vote, the prime minister will seek a united party. But he won’t forgive – or forget – the likes of Boris Johnson

The Conservative Manifesto and opposition to EU measures

The Conservative Manifesto in 2015 could not have been clearer. It said we will “reclaim power from Brussels on your behalf and safeguard British interests in the single market”. It went on to say “No to ever closer union. No to a constant flow of power to Brussels. No to unnecessary interference”. I agreed with all that.


Labour must stop feeling repulsed by the idea of Englishness

The impulse to deride patriotism reflects the party’s distance from many core voters

The EU, TTIP and the UK Parliament

A number of Conservative MPs tabled an Amendment to the Queen’s speech . This is an unusual but available means to require the government to do something that Parliament wants but the government has omitted from its programme. It could also be used to seek to drop something from the programme.


Iain Dale: My interview with the Prime Minister

Plus: The reshuffle – who may be in, who may be out. I am a wet lettuce liberal on prison reform. And: Lightning strikes twice in Camden.


Economists have a century of failure behind them. No wonder they back Remain now.

Over the past few weeks, David Cameron and George Osborne have been claiming, over and again, that those of us who support Brexit have lost the economic argument. They want us to concede that we only really care about “sovereignty”, and to accept that this would come at a heavy cost in terms of forgone prosperity.

So you want more social justice and economic efficiency? You won’t get either without radical civil service reform

Here are three proposals for change.


Twelve issues which deepened the EU referendum divisions in the Conservative Party

With Remain and Leave Tories increasingly suspicious of one another, there’s a lot of work to be done to reunite the Party.

Osborne colludes with Bank to deliver Brexit gloom, says IDS

George Osborne has been accused of colluding with the Bank of England and the IMF to highlight the economic risks of leaving the EU.

The Leave campaign is really the Donald Trump campaign with better hair

I spent Saturday evening in the Blue Note jazz club in New York, which tells you something about how deeply pleasant life can be when you have retired from government.

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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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