Theresa May’s hubris could cost her dearly

Have you ever been to one of those meetings where everyone is told to come up with their ideas to solve a particular problem? People start coming up with solutions off the top of their heads. Most ideas are stupid, but occasionally someone comes up with something that sounds great. It is then discussed in depth. After this process you are either left with something workable, or you have spotted holes in the plan that mean it wasn’t that great an idea after all.

Something like this should have happened when the Conservative Party was formulating its manifesto. If it had, the new social care proposals wouldn’t have made the final cut.

I am not alone in thinking that the solution put forward in the Conservative manifesto has merit, but having thought about it, and having talked to others about it, I can see it is a non-starter. Continue reading “Theresa May’s hubris could cost her dearly”

The blame for the social care policy shambles is entirely the Conservatives’ fault

The lady is for turning, because no matter how much CCHQ tries to spin it, today we saw the first wobble and U-turn in this general election campaign.

I thought the policy announced last week during the unveiling of the Conservative manifesto was a sensible one. If you can’t look after elderly parents and they need long-term care, why should you expect to inherit their house in full and expect taxpayers to pick-up the bill for their care? Continue reading “The blame for the social care policy shambles is entirely the Conservatives’ fault”

Margaret Thatcher’s principles still have a role to play in 21st Century politics

In the Conservative manifesto, Theresa May once again had a pop at those of us on the libertarian right. Once again she described our views as an “ideological template”. There is no doubt that whatever Mayism is, it is certainly not Thatcherism. She has done her best – and has so far succeeded – in putting an ocean between her and the most successful Conservative Prime Minister of the 20th Century.

What I find curious is the notion that if you identity yourself as a Thatcherite you are somehow stuck in the past. If Margaret Thatcher were still alive today and was about to become Prime Minister, she would apply her principles to the problems of today. Continue reading “Margaret Thatcher’s principles still have a role to play in 21st Century politics”

Response to the Conservative Manifesto

This is the response to the Conservative Party manifesto I wrote on behalf of The Freedom Association.

The Conservative manifesto launched earlier today is a document that tries to please everyone.

Economically, it is a definite lurch to the left. There are commitments to the national living wage and more workers’ rights. There are attacks on businesses with the Government thinking it is its job to interfere in executive pay, and new powers to effectively block any takeover of a UK company from overseas investors. George Osborne promised in 2010 that the deficit would be eliminated by 2015. Now we are told that the deficit will be eliminated by 2025. Don’t bet your house that it will be! A commitment to keep “taxes as low as possible”, is about as woolly as it gets. Expect tax rises. Continue reading “Response to the Conservative Manifesto”

Hammond may not remain as Chancellor – the only thing we do know after today’s pointless press conference

Hubris is the only word to describe it. In what will probably go down as the most pointless press conference of this general election campaign, the Prime Minister and Chancellor stood side-by-side to regurgitate the same attack lines about Labour’s manifesto. The assembled hacks had heard it all before – they had reported most of it for yesterday’s news bulletins and for today’s newspapers. So it was inevitable that questions would be asked about the relationship between the Downing Street next door neighbours.

We don’t know if Philip Hammond is going to continue as Chancellor after 8 June, and neither does he, as Theresa May refused to say. It was an unnecessary own goal – one that has been reported all day and will continue to make headlines tomorrow. This will, of course, not make an iota of difference to the election result, but that makes this pointless press conference all the more stupid. Unless you are on the delusional hard left, you already know that Labour’s manifesto is economically illiterate drivel. Labour doesn’t need anyone else to push them over a cliff; they are doing a fine job of jumping under their own steam. Continue reading “Hammond may not remain as Chancellor – the only thing we do know after today’s pointless press conference”