Thursday 11 October 2018

Wisdom Teeth

As in 1990, at around this time, the reemergence of John Major means that the coup is well and truly on.

Theresa May is as determined to save Universal Credit as Margaret Thatcher was to save the Poll Tax. 

Again, her party faces electoral oblivion. And again, the country faces very considerable civil unrest. 

But again, here comes Major, nowhere near as nice as he looks, not that he has ever claimed to be.

And again, here comes "Europe" to give Conservative MPs the excuse to do the work of the extraparliamentary Left. 

Only this time, paradoxically, the extraparliamentary Left is led by the Leader of the Official Opposition.

Forward, then, to Richard Nixon's Universal Basic Income instead, as advocated by The Economist and by the Adam Smith Institute.

The main opposition to that will be on the Labour benches, where many people still think that Universal Credit was a splendid idea.

Never forget that it was New Labour that abolished Income Support, that it was New Labour that gave a grateful nation the Work Capability Assessment, and so forth.

Another hung Parliament is coming, however, and our people need to hold the balance of power in it.

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