With a week to go till polling day, time to revisit the Tory Manifesto. If the public learn only one thing from the election campaigning so far it should be that the Tory manifesto receives far less scrutiny from the media. Likewise, the Tory record in government has received far less scrutiny than the leader of the opposition has received for his historical involvement in various peace initiatives.
1. A strong economy that works for everyone
More zero hours contracts, more job insecurity, the Tories already scrapped the minimum wage when they renamed it the ‘living wage’, 100,000s live on below the living wage already and this will expand. The Tories have embraced the ‘gig’ economy, an economy built on insecurity and employer power dressed up as employee choice. You can choose to starve or you will accept work at whatever rate an employer deems fit to pay you, defined purely on the employer’s difficulty in recruiting. And you will work for longer, retirement being edged out to 70 and beyond.
2. A strong and united nation in a changing world
David Cameron’s folly too far and the thing that Theresa May has wagered her political career on. There is no good deal that includes Britain leaving the EU, which only leaves varied bad deals. May has said that
“no deal is better than a bad deal”
but has also said that Britain faces
if it leaves with no deal. May has not said what those dire consequences would or could be. May has not said what deal she is prepared to accept or how much she is prepared the British public to pay for a deal.
‘brexit’ means ‘brexit’
and, in that, May is consistently vague about a meaningless phrase that is defining a political party on the edge of its extinction.
3. The world’s great meritocracy
A justification for the Tories to revise selective education and all the prat falls and pitfalls that entails; ‘meritocracy is the lie in their manifesto that tells us that we are being lied to but, more than that, we are being mocked.
4. A restored contract between the generations
The Dementia Tax will rob most families of the single asset that the elderly generation had to pass on but the reach of the Tories is further. By introducing social care insurance, Britain is being softened up for the move towards health insurance. Jeremy Hunt has referred to social care as a prospective gold rush for privateers.
5. Prosperity and security in a digital age
The Tories plan to introduce laws to stop the sharing of embarrassing information about their party and those associated with them. It will be an initiative led by those who donate to the Tories who control media outlets and who do not like the freedom with which such information can be distributed. Part of the power of controlling the media is that you get to control what the public can digest. That power also extends to withholding information and using that withholding of information as political leverage. If the public can freely distribute and access such information then it diminishes the power that has been bought by those who control the media.
In addition, accessing the public’s every waking moment on the internet provides data that can be mined for all manner of purposes. The style of direct marketing employed, almost certainly illegally, during the EU Referendum and which is being employed during the 2017 general election is just one example of how such intrusion can be exploited politically. Some bright spark worked out that, if they could use your internet activity to direct you to buying particular tins of baked beans, they could use the same activity to direct you to vote or not vote in particular ways too.
Tory Manifesto Of Low Aspirations for The Public But High on Profiteering
The Tory Manifesto has all but been junked by the media now. It was a paltry document to begin with but, with just a week left till polling day, the Tories are desperate to bury it to focus on the only area they ever thought they’d have to campaign on; ‘brexit’. It all comes back to ‘brexit’ for Theresa May. The Tories had one message, Britain will ‘brexit’ and Britain needs a strong leader to get the best deal for Britain. It was simple but Labour delivered a well thought out, costed and, importantly, popular manifesto. Labour’s manifesto derailed the Tory election strategy and the Tory Manifesto was thrown together to tide them over until they could get focus back on the single issue that they planned on campaigning on; ‘brexit’.
We were meant to be fooled that Britain only faces a single issue, we are meant to ignore the fact that the Tory record in government is littered with their destruction of public services and employment. We are meant to ignore rising poverty, rising in-work poverty and the human rights abuses of people with disabilities. In fact, we are meant to ignore absolutely everything the Tories have actually done in government and, instead, pretend that Theresa May is a strong leader and, by handing her another majority, pretend she will offer stability for the upcoming ‘brexit’ negotiations, she is clearly neither. Not strong or stable but stubborn and stupid. May doesn’t even have the support of her own party.