Week of Sept 12 – 18

London USDR Across the Pond

By Steve Parkhurst, Senior Editor, USDR.

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


Boris Johnson: My vision for a bold, thriving Britain enabled by Brexit

My friends, I must report that there are at least some people who are woefully underestimating this country. They think Brexit isn’t going to happen. There are some media observers – in this country and around the world – who think we are going to bottle it.

With the terror threat level at critical, Johnson launches a leadership bid – or so his critics are bound to claim

His Telegraph article message: “Britain can flourish on WTO”. And how it will inevitably be read: “With May out of Number 10 – and me in”. Watch for calls for his dismissal.

Look at Grenfell and recall when social housing was beloved

Britain’s best modernist estates remind us of the flair ordinary people were once thought to deserve


Disraeli’s “leap in the dark” towards modern democracy. 150 years on from the 1867 Reform Act.

Two cheers for a measure that, though mostly about managing, dividing and taming popular opinion, remains a reforming landmark.


Jean-Claude Juncker’s plans are all the proof needed that Britain could never remain in the EU

Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the EU Commission, departed from the script for his “State of the Union” address to the European Parliament yesterday. He said, as intended, that the rest of the EU regretted the UK’s decision to leave in March 2019, but added as an aside: “You will soon regret it as well.”


Public sector payback time

Its awards consume roughly a quarter of public spending. It is hard to see where the tax hikes or spending scaleback to fund them will come from if the Chancellor sticks to his guns.


There is a solution to the concerns of those criticising the EU Withdrawal Bill’s new powers

The Government could allay fears and bring consensus by appointing an external advisory committee to scrutinise how the powers are used.

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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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