By Steve Parkhurst, Senior Editor, USDR.
Looking at the news and opinion out of London each day.
He passes the test both of having an insight into the needs of the Home Office and a record of robustly questioning legislation for which it is responsible.
One of the most notable features of the modern EU is the growing dominance of Germany in its deliberations. This is inevitable as the Euro and the freedom of movement of peoples become central and often all consuming issues. Germany is the paymaster of the Euro and the generator of many of the jobs on the continent that people wish to move to.
If you pay people to be poor, with out-of-work benefits or by topping up their wages, you lock them into poverty and kill social mobility
Pledges on this scale cannot be delivered in this Commons without Conservative consensus. They can only be charmed – not bullied – onto the statute book.
Political education can help solve the crisis of non-engagement. It’s time we did it properly
One of the best of P.G. Wodehouse’s works is The Inimitable Jeeves, which I have recently re-read. In order to impress his friend Bingo Little’s rich uncle, Lord Bittlesham, Bertie Wooster has to pretend that he is the romantic novelist Rosie M. Banks, whose writing Bittlesham greatly admires. The trick succeeds.
If George Osborne is struggling to balance the books, he should try introducing these new taxes – and watch the revenues roll in
When all else fails, I suppose, you can just plead for mercy. That appears to be the message emanating from the Scottish Labour party’s conference in Perth this weekend.
There are two faces to Corbynism. Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell are doing everything they can at the moment to appear reasonable, not radical, but behind the scenes they are starting to stuff their offices with figures from the hard left.
As the prime minister finally puts his negotiating position in writing, what does he want and will he get it?
The Labour leader’s struggle to rally his party against the nuclear deterrent is a gift to Scottish Nationalists
Last Parliament, the Government seemed to be guided by academics and their books. This Parliament, less so.
The nuclear issue is likely to be the dominant policy issue in Perth, and the SNP has long deployed it to outflank Labour on the left
The government needs to get thinking quickly about a new tax credits proposal that is acceptable to the the Commons and the Lords. George Osborne will deliver his Autumn Statement in four weeks’ time and he has promised to outline the results of ‘listening’ exercise.
I wish to reassure our German friends. I see no need to impose a charge on Germany to go on selling us so many goods if we leave the EU.
The tolerance now granted to tech companies seems limitless. Their data servers remember everything; their users forget the gravest lapses
It doesn’t matter what you think about tax credit cuts: to fawn over this medieval arrogance is to show your contempt for democracy
How does Labour solve a problem like Jeremy Corbyn?
Governments lie in order to get elected. We tolerate it, but we shouldn’t. So how about a new rule: breaking a manifesto pledge triggers a general election
Yes, the House of Lords defeated George Osborne over tax credits – but nobody wants to change the rules of the game they won
Downing Street has promised action on the constitutional issues raised by last night’s defeat – but what might it be?
It’s Osborne’s fault that people are angry about tax credits. He should have spelled the cuts out in his manifesto
Lloyd George would leap from his grave if he saw how his heirs are behaving. The power of the Lords must be curtailed
We can see now that the unintended consequence of the policy was a surge in low-paid jobs
The Government is defeated in the Lords on tax credits. What next for Osborne, welfare reform and the constitution?
The savings still need to be made. The Government still struggles to judge Parliament’s mood. And why aren’t Bishops this angry about other injustices?
It is difficult to exaggerate the fury in the Tory party at the House of Lords after last night’s double defeat.
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