Do we support Labour’s bid to rebuild the UK – socially, economically, industrially – or Theresa May‘s plan to persecute the people of this great country to death and beyond?
I use Mrs May’s name instead of the Conservative Party’s because she has made it personal in the belief that she is seen as an inspirational figure, in the same way Margaret Thatcher was, by many, in the 1980s.
But the Conservative Manifesto really is the most offensive political document This Writer has laid eyes upon.
The arrogance it displays is repulsive in itself. Mrs May actually expects people to vote for her, no matter what she says she’ll do to us.
She is banking on most of us believing the propaganda against Jeremy Corbyn, put about by her billionaire friends in the mass media, and by the Tories who run BBC News.
The idea is that people will be so afraid of a Jeremy Corbyn-led government, despite having no knowledge of the great plans or strong (really strong, not fake-strong like Mrs May) leadership he embodies, that they will – in essence – vote to self-harm.
The Tory manifesto now promises to eliminate the national deficit – not the debt – by 2025, no less than 10 years after George Osborne originally promised in the run-up to the 2010 election. So let’s get something absolutely clear: Theresa May and her Tories will NEVER “balance the books”. They use the deficit as a reason to cut public services.
The Tory promise on NHS spending – £8 billion – is the same as George Osborne originally promised several years ago. It is a standstill promise. It is less than later Tory claims, which were proved untrue. That means they were lying. The biggest lie of all was that the Tories were giving the NHS more than it wanted. NHS leaders had said the service needed a bare minimum of £8 billion extra per year, but really needed £20 billion in order to ensure standards of service delivery. The Tory manifesto promise is to starve the National Health Service.
Forget headline figures banding around on NHS funding – what's being pledged by Tories is basically the same as previous commitment
— Lawrence Dunhill (@LawrenceDunhill) May 18, 2017
Conservatives promised to improve all standards of NHS care, but A&Es are in their worst state on record & hospitals are in financial crisis
— Jeremy Corbyn (@jeremycorbyn) May 18, 2017
We already know that Theresa May is now the Lunch Snatcher – planning to steal children’s free school meals so they are undernourished an ill-prepared to absorb their lessons. There’s talk of breakfast clubs – so what?
We know that the Tories want to include senior citizens’ homes in the calculation of their assets used to work out the cost of in-home social care. While their homes won’t be taken away from them while they are alive, they will be included in a so-called “death tax”.
Only asset many pensioners have is the home they worked their whole lives pay for, Theresa May wants to steal it from them, that simple!!!
— Peter Stefanovic (@PeterStefanovi2) May 18, 2017
The Tories have promised to increase the minimum wage (“National Living Wage” – what a despicable lie) – but hidden in the small print is the fact that they are cutting 80p/hour from the amount they are planning to pay, so by 2020 (if I recall correctly) it will be £8.20, not £9. Meanwhile inflation is set to rise rapidly.
The manifesto has dropped the Tory promise to freeze rail fares in real terms. UK citizens fund the privatised rail companies with £4 billion a year – £3.5 billion of which is profit for their shareholders, and 70 per cent of that money goes abroad, because those companies are owned by foreign firms, or more likely, foreign governments. Theresa May will squeeze you, to subsidise foreign rail services.
The list goes on and on.
And all the time, Mrs May self-identifies with these policies of hate.
"There is no May-ism" says PM whose manifesto launch includes the words me, my & I more than any I've seen before
— Nick Robinson (@bbcnickrobinson) May 18, 2017
Theresa May is desperate to be the new Margaret Thatcher. But as a leader, she’s more of an Iain Duncan Smith – absolutely inept but determined to kill as many poor people as possible.
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