By Steve Parkhurst, Senior Editor, USDR.
Looking at the news and opinion out of London each day.
It’s easy to say that Aylan Kurdi died due to our lack of compassion. But the reality is far more complicated
Just a thought: what if Aylan Kurdi, the poor drowned three year old child whose picture changed Europe – we are told – when it comes to the fate of Syrian refugees, had been, say, Afghan rather than Syrian? Or Eritrean, or indeed Pakistani? Quite possible, you know. Perhaps half of the migrants coming to Europe across the Mediterranean are not actually Syrian.
It is more than 50 years in Britain since anyone was put to death by order of a court. Do we really need to go back to it
The principle of free movement cannot withstand this influx of refugees and the criminal efforts of people traffickers
Our debased political culture has not kept pace with global change. The PM must show statesmanship
Once, the country was quite happy to send those it disliked to Germany…
Sajid Javid wants legislation to tackle sex offences in universities. But the real problem lies deeper
The Labour leadership favourite has revealed that he writes poetry. But what is it like? Wonder no longer…
Corbyn’s unexpected ascent in Britain is striking because it contains none of the divisive language that has been so popular in right-wing politics across Europe
Donations can be helpful but are unsustainable in this instance, whereas political action could bring about real change
An increase in refugees should be mirrored by a reduction in other migration. This won’t happen – and the Government is showing that it buckles under pressure.
A cross-party group of MPs, including Ukip’s only MP, is to formally join the Westminster-based ‘Out’ campaign, Coffee House has learned. An ‘exploratory committee’ of MPs which started discussing how to advance the case for ‘Out’ in June, will become the Parliamentary Planning committee for the Matthew Elliot-led Out group, which is to move into new offices in Westminster Tower later this month.
Corbyn’s withdrawal from the world doesn’t just bring shame on him and the Labour Party but on the whole country
Plus: films that are so tasteful they’re hopelessly dull
It won’t be easy, but broad appeal to centrist swing voters and a cross-party leadership can yet convince Britain that it is better off leaving the EU
There is no grand, overarching solution to the acute refugee crisis now afflicting Europe. Politicians in each country will have to carry their voters with them.
For all its difficulties, Europe is prosperous and safe: one of the best places on Earth. Many other societies have yet to achieve this happy state: some are murderous and poor. Two of the most troubled zones in the world are near Europe: the Middle East, and the Sahelian belt which spans northern Africa.