Monday, 22 May 2017

Weak and Wobbly

Ignore the whole of the Conservative manifesto, then.

That is a pity, because there are some good things in it, as well as some very, very bad ones.

"We do not believe in untrammelled free markets. We reject the cult of selfish individualism. We abhor social division, injustice, unfairness and inequality. We believe not just in society but in the good that government can do. Paying your fair share of tax is the price of living in a civilised society."

Jeremy Corbyn, who really does believe that, needs to recite it word for word, and then reiterate commitments such as the post-Brexit fund to reduce regional inequalities, a commitment that Theresa May cannot now be trusted to honour.

As for Corbyn and the IRA, everyone has always known about that. It has already been rehearsed many times. Except in the part of the country where you cannot vote Labour anyway (and you are most unlikely to vote Conservative, either), you now have to be pretty old to care about it awfully much, if at all.

Bringing all of this back out of the woodwork again is a sign of desperation on the part of the Conservative Party, that even the most viscerally anti-Labour voters might have stayed at home after Mrs May had threatened to take their houses away from them or their children.

She is no longer threatening that, though. So don't expect to hear much more about the IRA. Ignore the whole of the Conservative manifesto. And ignore the ridiculous commentators who were still applauding the Dementia Tax only a few hours ago.


  1. People made the mistake of ignoring Cameron's 2015 manifesto-but, to his great credit, he really did go on to deliver that seismic EU referendum (even though it cost him his job).

    The Conservative manifesto is splendid, particularly the commitment to create a "UK Shared Prosperity Fund" with the money we would have spent on EU contributions and the commitment in black and white to leave the Single Market and lift the ban on grammar schools.

    Copying much of their 2015 manifesto, is the biggest compliment they could pay UKIP.

    For the first time ever, I shall vote Tory.

    1. It is worthless. This is the first ever major U-turn during a General Election campaign. She is completely out of her depth. Corbyn needs to commit to the Shared Prosperity Fund, which is very much his sort of idea, but which he would never have got past the Blairite Right in the drafting stage. Otherwise, it'll never happen.

    2. If she had all those other policies, nobody ever noticed.

    3. Indeed. The Prime Minister literally had a meltdown live on air today, screaming and everything as she climbed down from the only manifesto policy that anyone had noticed that she had.