Week of Oct 25 – 31

London USDR Across the Pond

By Steve Parkhurst, Senior Editor, USDR.

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


Former Tory leader calls on Theresa May to scrap state pension ‘triple lock’

A former Conservative leader has called on Theresa May to scrap the ‘triple lock’ on the state pension because of rising costs.


We’re following Germany down the primrose path of green energy madness

Hollow laughter greeted the warning from Ed Davey that Britain is “sleepwalking” towards electricity blackouts. In his years in charge of our energy and climate-change policy, no one did more to ensure that we are heading for blackouts than the global warming-obsessed Davey himself. But all he was alarmed about, it seems, was a threat to the astronomic subsidies we pay for all those diesel generators he wanted hooked up to the grid, to provide instant back-up to keep our lights on when his beloved windmills stop turning for lack of wind.

Why we need an election…to choose our Party Chairman

Electing them would empower new and returning members, and reward the old ones

Why we should all care about overworked doctors

There’s an ongoing debate about work-life balance. It seems that the more work demands of us, the more we nip and tuck our lives to accommodate it. The problem is, like an over-filled balloon, eventually, too much work makes you pop. It’s a matter of when, not if.

Meet the real William Beveridge

The man who inspired the welfare state and is idolised by Labour was in fact an anti-statist Liberal


If economists want to be useful again they need to redeem themselves

When times were bad you thought they were good, and when they were good you thought they were bad. You argued against successful solutions, and in favour of failed ones. You predicted a rise when in fact a fall materialised; to add insult to injury, you clung to your old ways of thinking, refusing to change apart from in the most trivial of ways. In normal industries you would be finished: your collection of P45s would fill half a drawer, and you would long since have been forced to retrain into somebody of more value to society.

Why I left Labour to join the Conservatives

I wanted a properly socialist party. Then I got one.


Will the Brexit revolution be Glorious or bloody? The fate of Mark Carney will tell

All revolutions begin with a rejection of the old order, and the elites and institutions which preside over it. But then they can head off in wildly different directions. At one extreme lies the tradition of the French and Russian revolutions – seismic events where the world is turned on its head with often disastrous consequences.

Ukip backs Zac in by-election: Party follows the Tories in not fielding a candidate for the vote

Nigel Farage said Ukip will not fight by-election against the former Tory


Don’t expect Merkel to save Britain’s Brexit bacon

But Germany faces conundrums of its own: how to save the euro, and how to lead in Europe without frightening everyone.

Nicola Sturgeon reveals 36-hour wait on Brexit “hotline”

Nicola Sturgeon today claimed the Scottish Government was left waiting 36 hours to get a response from an so called Brexit “hotline” unveiled by Theresa May this week.


Goldsmith in Richmond. A stupendous majority, a vulnerable position.

It is part of the topsy-turvy nature of modern politics that the Liberal Democrats, left for dead little more than 18 months ago, find themselves almost the favourites.

If opposition parties choose a common pro-European candidate to fight Zac Goldsmith it will send a powerful message. They might even win

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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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