Election manifestos: In Britain, the state is back | The Economist

A ballot box with a current event-clock

A ballot box with a current event-clock (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This is an excellent read from the Economist. It reports that the three main parties are proposing very different policies. Yet it argues that they have a common thread: a more intrusive role for government

Election manifestos: In Britain, the state is back | The Economist

This is by far the best comparison of alternative policies that I have read so far.

What alarms me though is the overwhelming absence of strategy, detailed costings and risk analysis. May still looks set to win the election but the consequences of her policies will be felt for generations.

As a passionate believer in individualism with effective social nets, I believe that the Conservative Party Manifesto 2017 has lost its way, without an overarching strategy, just different flavours of jam for UKIP and Labour supporters. It’s a sham.

Is Theresa May just a wolf in sheep’s clothing?

Thoughts?

The Guardian view on Theresa May’s manifesto: a new Toryism | Editorial | Opinion | The Guardian

Illustration from The Pied Piper of Hamelin

Illustration from The Pied Piper of Hamelin (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 


In an excellent editorial the Guardian argues that like Tony Blair in 1997, Mrs May is where the majority of voters are, to the left on the economy and to the right on social issues. It suggests that she plays to this mood, as a political judgment that risks society closing in on itself rather than opening up. The conclusion is alarming, ‘Forward Together, says Mrs May, but where to? Nobody knows’.

The Guardian view on Theresa May’s manifesto: a new Toryism | Editorial | Opinion | The Guardian

As I commented yesterday on my critique of The Conservative Party Manifesto 2017, it’s seriously light on strategy, costings and risk analysis. Unlike Margaret Thatcher, Theresa May is not a conviction politician, she’s a simple opportunist, looking out for for what’s best for herself and her elitist supporters.

Older people who voted for Brexit should now be alarmed that something is wrong – because if they need social care they could end up losing their house (except for GBP100k).

May is incredibly arrogant, assuming that she can win with a landslide, without tabling detailed policies, costings and risks. Of course, she’s banking on winning voters from UKIP and the Labour Party. She’s discounting the traditional Tory voters who will be appalled by her direction, for example, abandoning ‘individualism’.

Like the Guardian editorial, I question May’s direction. She reminds me of the story of the Pied Piper of Hamlin.

This leads me to an open question:

Should traditional Conservative voters support Theresa May, or should they protest voting for the Liberals or Labour, or simply abstain from voting?

Thoughts?