The Conservative manifesto is riddled with falsehoods

The Conservative manifesto is riddled with falsehoods

Why did Keir Starmer bother slagging off Jeremy Corbyn when the Conservative manifesto is riddled with falsehoods?

The lying Labour leader went on a nonsense rant about Corbyn’s Labour manifestos in 2017 and 2019 being “uncosted” when they were, in fact, fully-costed – as he well knows.

He didn’t have to do it because it clearly demonstrates that he is a liar.

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He could have highlighted all the lies in the Tory manifesto instead – as fact-checking organisation Full Fact has.

You can read the full details on the Full Fact website here, but the essential take-outs are:

  • The Tories say a package of social security (they call it welfare) reforms will save taxpayers £12 billion a year. It won’t (firstly, because tax doesn’t fund anything – public money does; secondly, because some of the changes had been announced previously and are not new).
  • The manifesto claims that “the UK economy is now growing faster than Germany, France, Italy and the United States”. It isn’t.
  • It says: “Last year, small boat arrivals to the UK fell by a third.” They didn’t.
  • There’s a claim that education has improved under the Tories: “Today, 90% of schools are Good or Outstanding, up from 68% in 2010.” Untrue – because changes to the way schools are inspected makes a direct comparison impractical.
  • The Tories say “debt as a share of GDP is forecast to start falling next year”. It isn’t. The government’s fiscal target refers to underlying debt, which is not forecast to begin falling as a percentage of GDP until 2028/29. And GDP is a poor yardstick by which to measure prosperity, in any case.
  • They say they have recruited record numbers of teachers. This is true – but as the number of pupils has increased there are now fewer teachers relative to the number of pupils than in 2010.
  • And the Tories say they have cut crime in half. They haven’t. Their figures ignore fraud and computer misuse, and any change during the Tories’ whole period in office cannot be measured using the figures available.

Bearing the above in mind, we already know that the Tories last manifesto promised 40 new hospitals would be built by 2030 – and we know that this is not going to happen.

So it seems we cannot believe what the Tories say they have done, and we cannot believe what they claim they will do. On that basis, nobody at all should vote for them.

Source: Conservative 2024 manifesto: fact checked – Full Fact

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One Comment

  1. 6033624 June 13, 2024 at 12:37 am - Reply

    Since the last election I realised that I never read manifestos and yet vote for parties anyway. So I have begun to read them. I read the ‘Conservative & Unionist Party’ manifesto when it came out. LOTS of filler with nothing to say and bullet points of many things they are going to do to address non-existent problems. Then the usual victim-blaming so God help you if you are poor, disabled or unemployed because YOU are considered a scrounger who is undeserving of help and your access to this help is going to be cut viciously. No newspaper or TV news challenges this view either, nor do they challenge the view that benefit fraud is rife and costing the country a lot of money. As a former Civil Servant I know that there is some benefit fraud but that it is dwarfed by tax fraud (especially by group accounting frauds) Yet, for example, the office who investigate tax fraud for the whole of Scotland is the same size as the office who investigate benefit fraud for a medium sized town. The tax frauds are for tens of thousands at the very least and benefit fraud is for as little as £50. The people who have the power do not allow themselves to be investigated nor blamed for their actions.

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