Social justice is at the centre of Labour’s draft manifesto | Editorial -The Independent

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.

Social justice is at the centre of Labour’s draft manifesto | The Independent

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.

Thoughts?

Theresa May lays bare ambition to capture Labour heartlands | Politics | The Guardian

The Guardian reports that the UK prime minister tells voters in Leeds to put aside traditional allegiances and vote ‘in the national interest’.

Source: Theresa May lays bare ambition to capture Labour heartlands | Politics | The Guardian

My wife Marilyn and I saw Theresa May on television last night. We thought she was boring and repetitive and questioned how she would capture people’s attention. But on the other hand, Jeremy Corbyn is a poison chalice and can only offer a weak left-wing coalition.

It’s May’s election to take with ease but she needs to be careful not to stumble and of course needs to keep the media away from hostile headlines. Surely, the UK urgently needs its own Macron, a refreshing break from traditional party politics?

Thoughts?