Opinion Revisited – The Conservative Party Manifesto 2017 – www.conservatives.com/manifesto


Having correctly forecast Theresa May‘s election disaster, I’m reblogging my observations on the Conservative Party Manifesto 2017. Much damage to the Conservative brand was done in the election. Now the Conservatives need a new strategy to beat Jeremy Corbyn‘s plan for domestic revolution. Thoughts?

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Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Read the original Conservative Party Manifesto 2017  by opening this link.

Although a lifetime UK Conservative Party voter, I’m disappointed in Theresa May and her political leadership. For me, she has been strong on rhetoric and light on coordinated policy and weak on strategy.

Now we can read Theresa May’s political offering in the much awaited  Conservative Party Manifesto. It seeks to widen the appeal of Theresa May with motherhood promises and distance itself from the ‘nastiness of Conservative Party’ perceived by many. May is appealing with ‘Trust Me’ campaigns. Perhaps, she’s trying to emulate Germany’s Angela Merkel, who has campaigned with ‘Angela knows best’. But Angela Merkel has delivered for many German citizens and May is untested as a political leader – in particular, her position on Brexit is deeply disturbing.

But decide for yourself, read…

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Opinion – Yes, Grenfell is a scandal. No, Theresa May does not have blood on her hands | Coffee House – The Spectator – Fraser Nelson – John Gelmini

Typical street of the Royal Borough of Kensing...

Typical street of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in London. (Spear Mews, looking towards the K + K George Hotel, 1, Templeton Place) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Dr Alf is right but frankly Mrs May is her own worst enemy, constantly reacting to events long after they have already happened and walking about in a manner which shows through her body language and facial expression that she cares very little about what has happened to the poor people affected by the tragedy.

There are 4000 buildings of a similar type to Grenfell Towers, many of which can be seen from the M6 in Birmingham and many in Labour controlled areas.

The failure to fit sprinklers, proper fire resistant cladding, alarms and external fire escapes is a national problem that crosses the political divide and is a fault of insurers who should have refused to insure each of these buildings until they were made safe by Government Housing Ministers, like Brandon Lewis and Mrs May’s new Chief of Staff. These men and their predecessors did nothing to tighten up on fire safety, encouraged fire station closures when populations were rising and did nothing about ‘Fire Futures’ the document that heralded the present regime.

Indeed we heard in the Independent from the CEO of the Fire Protection Association that Ministers felt that nothing needed to be done because no “residents had died as a result of fire”. We know that the inflammable cladding used on Grenfell House is banned in Germany and America and we know that Government Ministers were aware of that fact and of the Coroner’s report after the Larkenall House fire 4 years ago. We know about the late night power surges at Grenfell House and the standards of poor workmanship by the London Borough of Kensington and Chelsea’s outsourcing company and the fact that residents who complained were threatened with legal action.

Mrs May in her reaction to the two terrorist incidents and Westminster Bridge again talked a good fight but did nothing. This time round she has announced a £5 million GBP fund which is derisory but once again did nothing to trim the waste of foreign aid (£16 billion GBP a year with no proper accounting, as Dr Alf would understand it, to determine where the money has been going).

Boris should step in and put her out of her misery, as she is out of depth and out of road. He however has to act and not grandstand as he has a case to answer too.

John Gelmini