Week of Sept 27 – Oct 3

London USDR Across the Pond

By Steve Parkhurst, Senior Editor, USDR.

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


Don’t cancel the child abuse inquiry. No matter how much it’s hurt us survivors

We survivors placed our faith in this inquiry. It must go ahead – for us, and for the thousands of children whose appalling suffering continues

Theresa May must reveal her key Brexit demands now – the detail can come later

Almost everyone I meet seems to have a personal plan for Brexit. Even some friends who voted Remain have interesting ideas for it. I feel embarrassed that this column has not yet worked up its own blueprint.

What’s happened to Spain’s socialist party? Well, it’s like Britain’s Labour

It is as if hell has broken loose in the 137-year-old PSOE – and Pedro Sánchez’s ‘new political landscape’ could well end up producing the same old outcomes


Ukip, not Labour, is now the official opposition – and we will hold the Government’s feet to the fire

Friday 30 September will mark 100 days since the British people voted to leave the European Union, despite having the combined might of the political establishment, the global elites and the multinational banking corporations arrayed against them. And my goodness, we’ve learnt a great deal in those 100 days.

Fracking is great, the green movement is a religion, his dire predictions about climate change were nonsense – and robots don’t mind the heat, so what does it matter? At 97, the creator of Gaia theory is as mischievous and subversive as ever


Why shouldn’t MPs fly business class? That’s the cost of a functioning democracy

Scotland always was a kind of “no holds barred” sort of place when it came to politics. “How did a nice young man like you manage to survive Glasgow politics?” the former Norwich MP Ian Gibson once asked me. “I haven’t, yet,” I replied. And, in the long run, I didn’t.

Who needs a coherent plan for Brexit when you have dreams and fantasies?

While ministers spout unfounded claims and fanciful notions about how trade and security will work once we leave the EU, the UK is becoming a laughing stock


The loony Left is back – but the Tories would be crazy to be complacent

It was the creed that dared not speak its name out loud. As John McDonnell, the shadow chancellor, gleefully told Labour Party delegates in Liverpool on Monday, they need whisper it no more. So let’s hear it for Socialism.

Ignore the talk of Labour unity – Tom Watson just humiliated Jeremy Corbyn

On Monday Seumas Milne, Jeremy Corbyn’s spin doctor, enraged a shadow minister by deliberately deleting part of his speech.

Is Seumas Milne about to be shown the back door?

Oh dear. It’s not been a great conference for Seumas Milne. Jeremy Corbyn’s director of comms managed to make himself the story this week after he altered Clive Lewis’s speech on Trident at the last minute. The shadow Defence Secretary was said to be so angry over the changes that he punched a wall after the speech.


Iain Duncan Smith: Sticking to the plan

We were told at the time that David Cameron’s Government had secured a reformed EU…which the same people now tell us Theresa May somehow prevented it from securing.

Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour foes face a bleak future

There were several possible responses that Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour critics in Parliament could make to his re-election as party leader. They could accept the result, talk about unity and try to move on together, despite their misgivings. They could continue the internal feuding by effectively cold-shouldering their own leader and hope something would turn up between now and the next general election, scheduled for 2020, to give them a chance of winning. Or they could leave Labour and forge a new SDP-style centrist party.

Rewilding: the left’s latest crazy, dangerous idea

How the new craze on the fundamentalist wing of the naturalist lobby could destroy the countryside

Poor investment research

The run up to the referendum was characterised by some very sloppy investment research, often put out by large US corporations who wanted to side with Remain. Instead of wisely staying neutral and seeking to put out balanced well informed commentary some of them put out scare stories to buttress Project Fear. Few of them seemed to read the Consolidated Treaties, or bother to understand the intellectual and research underpinnings of the Leave campaign. Most of them put out forecasts that had plenty of bad cases for Leave but no good cases

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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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