By Steve Parkhurst, Senior Editor, USDR.
Looking at the news and opinion out of London each day.
The combination of a small majority, radical intent, a flow of power one way to Cabinet Ministers and another to key aides requires adjustment.
Diane James, Ukip’s new leader, did her first major TV interview as Ukip leader this morning. And very revealing it was too.
It’s difficult to reconcile the Prime Minister’s evident ambitions with the realities of her circumstances – and not obvious she’s trying to.
Diane James is the new Ukip leader. The party’s home affairs spokesman won with 8,451 votes. She beat Lisa Duffy into second place by nearly 4,000 votes. Bill Etheridge came third, Phillip Broughton fourth and Liz Jones fifth.
Nigel Farage has just delivered his speech at Ukip conference, in which he declared that he had put ‘absolutely all of me’ into Britain leaving the EU. ‘I literally couldn’t have worked any harder, or couldn’t have been more determined – it’s been my life’s work to get to this point. I want my country back, but now folks I want my life back,’ he said.
The Prime Minister is chasing an altogether different group of voters.
A new phase of economic advancement lies ahead as we finally put the global financial crisis behind us
It’s been a long old haul, but nearly 10 years after the start of the biggest economic calamity in post war history, it may finally be safe to say that the financial crisis and most of its unwanted after effects are basically behind us.
It’s a story we have all become familiar with, a facile narrative that we keep being told explains everything from the rise of Donald Trump to Brexit. It goes something like this: globalisation, technology and capitalism have helped the highly educated; the welfare state has bailed out the poor; but the middle classes have been hammered and hollowed out. Their old jobs are gone, replaced by precarious, lower paid roles, and their living standards are stagnating, at best, and in free fall, at worst.
Ultimately the fate of the reforms will rest on whether May can command the trust of her MPs.
As a new parliamentary reporter some time in 1980 I was walking along the committee corridor of the House of Commons when I saw a familiar figure approaching. It was not that I knew this individual personally; but I felt like I did. When I was growing up he was the towering politician of the age, on television seemingly every night, lampooned, caricatured, revered, feared and derided in equal measure.
Cameron has gone. But the man who co-led Party and Government with him is still there. Here’s what his options look like.
There are three types of MP: those who want to be prime minister one day, those who refuse to admit to such an ambition, and those with the rare self-awareness to know they’re not up to it but would love a go anyway.
How important is your vote? You might think it would be just as valuable in as the next Briton’s. That would be the least you might expect from universal suffrage after all. But it depends on where you live.
So it’s fair to say that at the launch party for Nick Clegg’s book last night — Politics: Between the Extremes — the parliamentary Lib-Dem party, all eight MPs (minus a couple), plus peers, were pretty well accommodated into a single club room. And once the boundary changes take effect, the cohort of MPs may be reduced to five, which will make up a nice cosy table in the members’ dining room.
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