The left-leaning Independent offers a hard-hitting analysis of Labour’s leaked manifesto. It argues that elections ought to be about policies and substance rather than personalities and process, so it attempts to judge Labour’s leaked draft manifesto on its own terms, and on the assumption that the final document to be published next week will not have been amended much.
My problem with manifestos is that they are not independently risk-assessed and costed. Of course, it also depends on assumptions, especially concerning Brexit.
But British journalism really needs to take a critical look at the Conservative manifesto, with Theresa May demanding a blank cheque.
If the UK media does it’s job correctly, they should compare the relative risks and opportunities of the policies of all the parties on a like for like basis. But because of bias in the UK media, this is unlikely to happen.