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Week of May 2 – 8

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By Steve Parkhurst, Senior Editor, USDR.

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


Health and social care

For many years and under many governments the UK has puzzled over the relationship between social care and the NHS. All governments would like a seamless transition from the one to the other for patients who need both. All have looked at whether some administrative or management reform would make all the difference. No-one so far has come up with a perfect solution.


French election 2017: When will the results be announced and what happens next?

France has taken to the polls to cast their votes in the country’s presidential election.

€100bn Brexit bill is ‘legally impossible’ to enforce, European Commission’s own lawyers admit

A massive €100bn Brexit bill is ‘legally impossible’ to enforce, the European Commission’s own lawyers have admitted.

The real reason why the wealthy and well-connected win all the political battles during elections

The squeaky wheel gets the oil – so why aren’t the less wealthy squeaking more?

How to save the Labour party

Labour is now five weeks away from the election hammering it signed up to when Jeremy Corbyn was elected and re-elected leader. Sadly, the local elections are only a taste of things to come. Labour’s national vote share will be lower, the Tories’ higher and many of the PLP’s best talents will be ejected from Parliament. The only question now is whether the party’s response to its inevitable defeat kills off Labour as a party of government for good.


It’s now time to say: Congratulations President Macron

There is perhaps some remote mathematical chance that France’s new elected monarch will be struck down by a meteorite before he is officially inaugurated in a grand parade on the Champs Elysée on May 14th, amidst a 21-gun salute, helicopters flying overhead, the Garde Républicaine in full-dress uniform on shining horses, generals posed upright in their ceremonial 4x4s, bands playing, bunting flapping.

The local election results are a disaster for Labour, no matter what its supporters say

If Remain supporters are still angry at Corbyn’s attitude towards Brexit, Labour may lose even more voters in the general election

It’s not all about ‘me’, Theresa May, but a great party that keeps renewing itself

No one has ever fully explained the most persistent phenomenon in European democratic political history – the success of the Conservative Party. Its very name implies it is behind the times. To some, it reeks of the few, not the many. Yet in the century in which the many have been allowed to vote at all, they have chosen a wholly or predominantly Conservative government two thirds of the time.

When inequality peaked in the past, the people resented the super-rich. Today they vote for them

How to play the patriotic card and win by a landslide

A strong prime minister given to bellicose rhetoric looking to increase her majority. Remind you of anyone?


I’m supporting Marine Le Pen, and if she fails this year, she will win in 2022

For 18 years, I have sat in the European Parliament and looked on in wonderment at Jean-Marie Le Pen’s regular lunchtime table. Politics aside, when it comes to a good lunch with food, wine and company, he is certainly a true Frenchman.

The metro mayors can help rebuild urban conservatism

A look back at 1997 shows how transient landslides can be. City devolution gives Tories the chance to bed themselves in properly in new parts of the political map.


The Germans think Brexit Britain owes the EU but the IOU is all theirs

In his interview with Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, Yanis Varoufakis, the former Greek finance minister, had some advice for the British government. Don’t negotiate with the EU, he said.

Who does Jean-Claude Juncker think he is?

Jean-Claude Juncker: what a nasty piece of work. There aren’t many politicians I’d say that about. Even most of those I disagree with strike me as being pretty decent people. Theresa May might be a petty authoritarian, but she isn’t sinister. Jeremy Corbyn is wrong about everything, and stuck politically and sartorially in 1983, but he seems a nice enough guy.

Diane Abbott, the brain of Labour

I awoke this morning to hear Diane Abbott’s brains leaking out of her ears and all over the carpet during an interview with LBC’s excellent Nick Ferrari. You will need a mop and a bucket very sharpish, I thought to myself, as she gabbled on, the hole beneath her feet growing ­larger with every syllable she uttered

Labour plans to impose inheritance tax on estates worth £425,000

Maximum tax free allowance could be halved from £850k to £425k in new Labour manifesto


Emmanuel Macron has taken French voters for granted. Now he risks defeat

In theory Macron should beat Marine Le Pen hands down. But he has little commitment from the electorate

How Labour abandoned Scotland – and how it all began in 1997 with Tony Blair

Scotland leads the country for Labour massacres. Labour’s decline has been faster and sharper here – and all the more humiliating, given that it was once a socialist stronghold. In Thursday’s local elections, Labour is expected to lose control of Glasgow city council for the first time in 80 years. On 
June 8, it could record its worst general election result since 1910.

What are the British institutions that matter most?

Britain’s Common Law system explains the country’s natural aversion to the EU

His mission was never racial or economic justice. It’s time we stop pretending it was

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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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