Looking at the news and opinion out of London each day.
To say that avoiding tax – taking action within the law to limit the amount paid – is “immoral” is based on the idea that the state spends our money more morally than we do ourselves.
Will Ed Miliband’s pledge on the Living Wage, made in today’s Independent on Sunday, work? Actually, that’s not really the most important question: the experience of the weeks following the autumn conference season is that you don’t actually need a workable pledge to be able to set the terms of debate.
An NHS crisis. Romanians and Bulgarians. Farage on tour. UKIP top the Euro polls. And then…aaarrrgggh…AAARRGGH!
A document has been recently debated by the Civil Liberties committee of the European Parliament. It’s a good example of how well-meaning people, convinced that they are standing up for the underdog, can end up doing enormous damage to freedom, to equality before the law and, perversely, to the minorities on whose behalf they presume to speak.
One of the odd things about the polls at the moment is that the Tories lead on economic competence and leadership, traditionally the two most important issues, yet trail overall. There are, I argue in the column this week, three possible explanations for this polling paradox.
New polling from Business for Britain shows business leaders want a referendum, and the Single Market costs more than it is worth.
If the government really wanted to cut its benefit bill, it would ensure that employers give their workers a living wage
Should pupils in free schools and academies be taught by teachers without Qualified teacher status? This question has become the latest game political ping-pong involving all three parties. So much has been said it’s difficult to know what everyone believes.
Reporting the NSA story hasn’t been easy, but it’s always been fulfilling. It’s what journalism at its crux is about, and we must protect that
It’s obvious that the more you leave our enterprises unregulated the better they do
Tony Blair was doing his former-prime-minister routine the other day, at an event hosted by the excellent Mile End Group in London. These occasions always serve as a reminder that the Blair premiership was the most expensive training programme ever undertaken in history. Only towards the end of his tenure, when it was way too late, did he get the hang of being prime minister.
In a two-horse race, it is unsporting of the Prime Minister to show such open contempt for his rival
The Labour MP’s brave and moving report should make us rethink more than just complaints handling.
The Labour Party is targeting all its resources at a small group of voters who can swing the general election vote
The international scoop was that America’s National Security Agency tapped Angela Merkel’s mobile phone (along with the phones of many more world leaders). As the shock of the revelation has sunk in, most observers have grasped that the shrug-of-the-shoulder explanation that ‘spies spy’, doesn’t really work in this instance.
Many twentysomethings are resentful of their birth control options, and so are choosing to use nothing at all
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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