Started this last week and as I don’t feel up to talking about the last 24 hours I thought I’d get it finished.
Last week at the Conservative manifesto launch our glorious leader said:
“There is no ‘Mayism’. I know you journalists like to write about it. There is good solid Conservatism, which puts the interests of the country and the interests of ordinary working people at the heart of everything we do in government,”
Okay, I think we can skip me going over the sheer blatant bullshit in the latter part of that.
And as for “solid” Conservatism, there’s not much solid about May’s opinions. This woman has a history of changing sides. She has no core beliefs except progressing her own career. She is a weathercock, saying and doing whatever she thinks is popular at the time.
The most recent being the dementia tax; 4 days after the policy was announced (and bombed) she announced a cap would be put in place on the amount of money taken from an estate to cover care. Of course consultation on the level of the cap will take place after the election. Voting blind anyone?
Quick side rant on other part of the manifesto:
- reducing immigration again – that’s a biennial favourite,
- doubling the Immigration Skills Charge to £2,000-a-year by the end of the parliament. It will be fine, we don’t need international workers on the farms – we have pensioners to fruit pick.
- charging migrant workers and international students more to use the NHS – never mind that many of them are the people holding it together
- Increase the earnings threshold for people wishing to sponsor migrants for family visas for those coming from outside the EU. Splitting families. Whatever you do, don’t fall in love with someone who in’t British.
- keeping tax “as low as possible” – what does it matter that our services need investment. Defund them then sell them off and everyone can go private.
- the dropping the triple lock on pensions – hello pensioners it’s your turn to take the hit
- dropping free school meals for primary students – that’s devolved so English pupils only
- increasing grammar schools – never mind that they are pointless educationally they feel right to her
- more investment in military – to be fair if she insists on sending Johnson abroad it’s only a matter of time before he triggers a war.
- and as well as wanting to drop the ban on for hunting, they also have dropped the pledge to ban ivory trading.
- dropping Leveson 2 -looks like Murdoch’s & Dacres’s meetings have been productive
- And build/regulate an internet similar to that in China – now I’m no expert but I get the feeling the Conservatives think the internet looks something like this:
Anyway back to the main topic: strong & stable?
Except no, she isn’t.
In the last year we’ve seen a number of changes. Luckily the majority of these changes have been due to public outrage, but you get the feeling that the policy makers are fishing, put out a terrible idea and then wind it back a bit but slowly push the argument in their favour.
Firstly we’re having an election which she called despite saying there shouldn’t be one until 2020. She changed her mind because according to her because she wants a stronger hand negotiating Brexit – you know that issue she campaigned against?
She said Brexit would “risk Britain’s future, our influence around the world, our security and our prosperity.”
It doesn’t matter to the EU what her majority is in Parliament they will be negotiating on behalf of their citizens. Her mandate means fuck all to them.
The previous U-turn was in her government’s first budget over increased National Insurance contributions for the self-employed. I think it might have lasted a whole week, so not quite the hand-break turn as the dementia tax
One I’m overjoyed over (but expect it to return) is the dropping of a British Bill of Rights when she campaigned for Tory leadership. The 2017 manifesto stated that the UK will remain a signatory of the European Convention on Human Rights “for the duration of the next parliament”.
Then of course was the suggestion by her successor in the Home Office Amber Rudd that companies would be required to publish details of its number of foreign employees. That one didn’t last long after the subsequent uproar.
As part of the “Conservatives are the workers party” phase *insert derisory laughter* she said she that companies would be forced to put workers on boards to give them a say in decision-making. This was watered down to listed companies would be required “either to nominate a director from the workforce, create a formal employee advisory council or assign specific responsibility for employee representation to a designated non-executive director.”
Honestly, I’m surprised she can walk in a straight line.
And as for negotiating skills? She’s abysmal in PMQs, can only just cope with meeting her own activists, and refuses to debate against other party leaders.
I don’t trust them to govern for the people and seeing that anti-foxhunting protester being arrested yesterday only increases my unease.