George Osborne’s London Evening Standard labels Theresa May’s manifesto ‘most disastrous in history’ | The Independent

The Independent reports that the newspaper run by ex-Conservative Chancellor George Osborne has launched a scathing attack on Theresa May’s election campaign, claiming it is based on “the most disastrous manifesto in recent history”.

George Osborne’s London Evening Standard labels Theresa May’s manifesto ‘most disastrous in history’ | The Independent

For weeks now, I have monitored the Conservative Party Twitter feed with increasing distaste. It’s built May into the hero and the other political leaders as incompetents – she alone is white and above the perceived nastiness of the party. The messages were shrill and simplistic, providing no evidence as to how or why questions. The manifesto was ignored and U-turns were simple expediences. Now the campaign is again trying to destroy Jeremy Corbyn.

Of course, George Osborne is biassed. But he’s also completely right.

I have been a Conservative Party supporter all my life but I’m completely disgusted with Theresa May’s leadership. Most importantly, I fear that she’ll precipitate a train crash for the UK in Brexit negotiations with the EU.

I’m still undecided whether to abstain from voting. I’d be a hypocrite to vote for May. But perhaps if I vote for Conservative her backbench will oust her? For me, the Conservative Party has become an omni-shambles.


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  1. Like Dr Alf I worry about the direction of the Conservative Party and at the failure of May to deliver some home truths to an electorate that seems to have had what passes for a brain removed.

    It ought to be quite obvious that our public sector is bloated, inefficient and unaffordable and that the worst examples are the civil service, local authorities, the NHS, police and fire services.

    Tinkering at the edges does not solve these problems.

    The U turns on executive pay represented an own goal showing May to be weak and vacillating and unwilling to confront gross inequality.

    I have been reading the Daily Telegraph since the age of 11 and have been Conservative all my life but a 450 to 1 gap between top pay including emoluments and bonuses and average pay is not only unseemly but dangerously destabilising.

    There are no exports worth mentioning, no Messianic drive to get the country “match fit ” to perform, no talk of House of Lords Reform, nothing about productivity, nothing about obesity, nothing about foreign aid.

    It is as if Mrs May expects the country to go on existing by levitating on a sea of money from Arab potentates, Chinese billionaires seeking a safe haven, Eastern European oligarchs, drug barons, arms dealers and criminals.

    Certainly by my rudimentary arithmetic if we go on spending £1.5 trillion more than is coming in each year we will implode financially at some point but the official red book totals which must cause Dr Alf as a Chartered Accountant sleepless nights bear a sense of unreality.

    There is what he may remember old fashioned Captain Mainwaring style bank managers describing to their SME clients as “floorboard money”(One of my friends who owns 2 private nursing homes remembers that this was communicated by these bank managers as them getting out of their chairs, holding an imaginary crowbar and using it in a downward motion to lift up the floorboards to reveal monies hidden away from prying eyes and the tax inspector that could then be used to help justify the loan application).

    Those days are gone but from Mrs May who talks in code we here about “difficult choices” a phrase which frightens people into voting for Jeremy Corbyn who talks as if there is an endless supply of money and that with higher corporation taxes, business rates, local authorities unchained to do their worst and taxes on the rich everyone else will have a free ride.

    Mayism is a short lived experiment because the Brexit negotiations are already doomed as most of our negotiating hand has been frittered away by the three stooges, Fox, Davis and the head “Mugwump”, Boris Johnson.

    There is little point in voting for Corbyn because he would bring bankruptcy and the IMF which Margaret Thatcher saved us from by interceding personally with the Sultan of Brunai who bailed the country out. Lady Thatcher said at the time “We owe you a debt of gratitude for life” but in this country memories are short and gratitude in very short supply as people seem to follow the Arthur Daily shoddy car dealer mentality of “Let’s be having it now”.

    Tim Farron is an unlikely leader or Coalition partner and Corbyn,Abbott and McDonnell seem to inhabit a world where money is manufactured to order.

    It is probably a case of vote for May who wins with a modest majority then fire up the Tory grandees in the 1922 Committee who deliver the “walk the plank”message and the knife between the shoulder blades.

    Like Dr Alf I have a difficult choice to make but perversely this one seems right to me because George Osborne and the vehicle he has chosen to further his Prime Ministerial ambitions wants to head a new political party and to do that he wants Corbyn to govern by Coalition and make an unholy mess of everything.

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