By Steve Parkhurst, Senior Editor, USDR.
Looking at the news and opinion out of London each day.
The rallying cry of ‘Tory scum’, like other senseless hatreds, is a mask for the party’s own inadequacies
The timing will be very delicate, as Prime Ministers do not call referendums unless they are sure that they can win them
David Cameron has talked up his party’s compassion. He needs to act fast to turn rhetoric into concrete policy
Margaret Thatcher’s official biographer pays tribute to one of her most conscientious ministers – and the man who brought her down
While refusing to sing the National Anthem, he stood like a sulky sixth-former, causing great and needless offence
Voters have turned their backs on the politics of the 20th century and want to hear grown-up answers to urgent practical matters
Even as the faithful prepare to gather in Aberdeen, the party’s manifold flaws are beginning to show
Refugee crisis: Until there is meaningful strategic engagement in the Middle East, the exodus will continue
Nearly 2.5 million are spread across Turkey, either in camps or as guests of local communities. All of this has reportedly cost the Turks more than $6bn
I’ve voted as my party told me to all my life. Now I genuinely can’t decide whether Britain should leave or remain
There is little meeting of minds between the Franco German controllers of the EU and its most detached and unhelpful member, the UK. The meeting between Mr Cameron and Mrs Merkel did its best to bridge the large and growing gap between the UK and the continent, but the truth is the political Channel has just got a lot wider.
Plus: What Heidi Allen said about him. And George Osborne. And Theresa May. Plus: Yes, Nicky Morgan could be the next Conservative leader.
For the first time, he now has a clear, credible and explicable agenda that can change Britain’s destiny
From the point of view of 1945, the British political world of 1938-39 looked tawdry, and cowardly, but as far as we can tell the majority of people liked it at the time.
Like Cameron, everyone can just pretend the Labour leader said something totally different
Grown-up Government continues and social reform is happening. But we are still living beyond our means.
There are other, far more severe issues to tackle first, from malnutrition to poverty
The election is already a distant memory as the PM tries to stop his party and country falling apart
The Chancellor has acquired one of the few ministers who made a mark in the last Labour government – and a man with a genuine passion for transport
The Home Secretary is fanning the flames of prejudice in a cynical attempt to become Conservative leader
The hate-filled protests in Manchester are indicative of a party that is in danger of wiping itself out
Education equips you to be able to learn – so that you can do so for yourself.
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