That was short and not-very-sweet, wasn’t it?
Yesterday we heard that the Conservatives would try to make December’s general election about law and order. Today, that plan fell to ruin.
It seems the Conservatives wanted to trumpet their claim to be adding 20,000 police officers to our streets. There was only one problem:
It has already been debunked.
We know that it was the Tories who cut the service by 21,000 in the first place.
We also know that, with natural wastage occurring all the time (such as retirements or resignations), adding 20,000 won’t even make up the staffing level we have at the moment.
So we know that any claim to be restoring law and order to a higher standard in this way is false advertising, if not an outright lie.
Also, of course, there’s no point in having police if the Tories are going to use them as political tools – as seems to have been the case in the Extinction Rebellion protests, when they victimised vulnerable people with disabilities.
But health secretary Matt Hancock didn’t seem to know that, when he appeared on Good Morning Britain.
The result was a train crash for him, and a killing for the show’s co-presenter, Susannah Reid:
"But you cut 21,000 police"
"Yes, but we're putting 20,000 more police…"
"It's not *more* though, is it? You're still 1000 police officers & 100s of police stations short."
— The Rt Rev'd Mojito🍹 (@childofeternity) October 30, 2019
Now, to judge from Nadhim Zahawi’s performance on the BBC’s Politics Live, the Tories want to make it about the NHS.
But wasn’t there a scandal about a dodgy US trade deal to rig the price of drugs, only yesterday?
Tory trade officials have been warned that the subject of 'drug pricing' is so sensitive they must not mention it in emails but use the term 'valuing innovation' instead.
Turns out 'valuing innovation' will cost our NHS an extra £500 MILLION A WEEK.
Bang that on the side of a bus pic.twitter.com/ABRPxdq73Y
— The Prole Star (@TheProleStar) October 30, 2019
Ah yes, that’s right: Price-rigging is now to be known as “valuing innovation”.
Hopefully the Tories’ innovative valuing system will price them right out of being re-elected.
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Utterly sickened to see Boris Johnson at PMQ’s today attempting to berate Jeremy Corbyn over his plans for the NHS should a Labour government come to power at the end of the year. I could not believe how, with an unashamed straight face, a man whose party has just been caught out engaging in secret talks with America over an NHS trade deal, sought to seek the high ground over someone who has just been personally integral in getting a cystic fibrosis drug onto the NHS because a young boy crippled with the condition had written to him, after his plea to the Conservative government consistently fell on deaf ears. The worrying thing of course is that people will actually vote for this fat, shameless oaf in December
he beggers belief……….
not to mention the approx 20 thousand retiring next year