4 thoughts on “British Labour leader at rock concert

  1. Tuesday 23rd May 2017

    posted by Morning Star in Editorial

    THERESA MAY’S humiliating U-turn on her planned “dementia tax” shows panic and incompetence at the heart of British government.

    Like Chancellor Philip Hammond’s volte-face on ramping up national insurance contributions after the Budget, it suggests the Conservative Party is making policy up as it goes along, dropping ill-thought-through ideas like hot potatoes if they provoke an angry reaction from the public.

    The same shambolic approach was evident on Sunday’s Andrew Marr Show, when the Tories’ Damian Green blustered that their manifesto couldn’t be called “uncosted” just because it hadn’t been costed.

    May’s announcement that “nothing has changed” was downright dishonest — a cap on the amount an individual can be made to pay towards the cost of social care in old age was explicitly ruled out in the Tory manifesto, as well as by successive ministers (including Green on Sunday morning). Now, she says, a cap will be put in place.

    More hypocritical still was the accusation that Labour, in raising the very real fear that the cost of care in later life will swallow up a lifetime’s savings and leave people with nothing to pass on to their children, was “scaremongering.”

    This is a bit rich for a government whose whole election strategy is to smear Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn as a mortal threat to our country, whose election would somehow kick-start the End Times.

    Labour would, if elected, max out the credit card apparently: a slur repeated ad nauseam despite the party’s manifesto pledges actually being costed, unlike the Conservatives’, and despite the fact that the Tories have presided over a staggering increase in the national debt.

    It would drag Britain through some fantastical “loony left” experiment, we are told, despite polls showing that Labour’s manifesto policies — from renationalising Royal Mail and the railways to banning zero-hours contracts and taxing the wealthiest more — are approved of by a majority of voters.

    And it would put our security at risk, ministers manage to assure us with a straight face despite Conservative Britain having delivered unprecedented levels of violence in our prisons, more than doubled the rate of homelessness and based our foreign policy on fawning over the whims of unstable egomaniacs such as Donald Trump in Washington, Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara and Saudi Arabia’s blood-soaked King Salman.

    The Prime Minister’s undignified retreat tells us nothing about what she will do if elected, of course. Sir Andrew Dilnot, who suggested a limit on the amount any individual is made to pay towards care in old age back in 2011, displays unwarranted optimism when he remarks: “Only a few days ago the government was saying a cap was not a good idea.

    I think they’ve now recognised it is a good idea.” The only thing No 10 has recognised is that the dementia tax was shrinking the Conservative poll lead over Labour, and that — despite a pernicious media consensus that Corbyn cannot win this election — that lead is a lot more fragile than many people imagine.

    The Tories have not revealed where they would set a cap on payments, meaning it could easily be set absurdly high — so essential care in old age continues to cost the Earth.

    The Prime Minister’s shameless insistence that “nothing has changed” shows a cavalier attitude to the truth — but may also be a hint that nothing is going to change in our extortionate and broken social care system.

    Labour, by contrast, would integrate social care with our health service, recognising that people who have contributed to our society all their lives should not be the victims of what Dilnot calls “the most pernicious means-test” in the country, but should have access to whatever care they need.

    http://morningstaronline.co.uk/a-9376-U-turn-shows-May-is-rattled#.WSPlqtykIdU

  2. Tuesday, 23 May 2017

    MAY RIPS UP MANIFESTO!

    After workers reject attack on pensioners IN A DRAMATIC forced retreat prime minister Theresa May yesterday dumped her key policy on social care in the Tory election manifesto.

    The anger of millions of workers and middle class families forced her to tear up the party’s manifesto which had the elderly paying the costs of social care until they had £100,000 of assets left. After dumping this policy yesterday, May announced at a campaign event in Wales that a cap will be restored.

    She said there will be a consulation Green Paper which ‘will have an absolute limit’ on social care costs. However the electorate are unlikely to take her new proposal on trust!

    The Tory Party is now split and divided. On Sunday work and pensions secretary Damian Green had said there would be ‘no rowing back’ and slammed the idea of a cap on costs, saying resources were spread in the wrong way.

    May told reporters yesterday: ‘We will have an upper limit, an absolute limit on the amount people pay for social care. But the basic principles remain absolutely the same as when they were put in the manifesto and announced last week. But nobody is going to have to pay for their care while they are alive. Nobody is going to have to have their family home sold while they’re living in it. And everybody will be able to pass £100,000 on to their families.’

    Asked what level the cap would be set at, she said that would be a matter for the consultation. Stabbing May in the back shortly after her announcement, former Chancellor George Osborne, now editor of the Evening Standard, tweeted that the move was a U-turn.

    A comment in the paper yesterday said: ‘We had a weekend of wobbles that presumably prompted today’s U-turn.’ Health secretary Jeremy Hunt had told reporters he was opposed to a cap as it was unfair.

    However, he told yesterday’s Evening Standard: ‘We want to make sure that people who have worked hard and saved up all their lifetimes, do not have to worry about losing all their assets through a disease as random as dementia. That’s why we want to introduce an absolute limit on the amount of money anyone has to pay for their care.’

    Andrew Gwynne, Labour’s Election Co-ordinator, ‘responding to the unravelling of the Tories’ social care policy,’ said: ‘Theresa May has thrown her own election campaign into chaos and confusion. She is unable to stick to her own manifesto for more than four days.

    ‘And by failing to put a figure for a cap on social care costs, she has only added to the uncertainty for millions of older people and their families. This is weak and unstable leadership. You can’t trust the Tories – if this is how they handle their own manifesto, how will they cope with the Brexit negotiations?’

    The GMB union branded the Tory manifesto ‘a shambles’. Rehana Azam, GMB National Secretary, said: ‘How can you trust Theresa May when she makes a U-turn on her own manifesto just days after the Tories launched it? Theresa May’s social care policy is now a total shambles. It’s caused chaos – they haven’t even said what the cap will be.

    ‘She can’t be trusted to give dignity and fairness to the elderly and the sick.
    ‘This unbelievable volte-face really does leave the Conservatives’ line about being “strong and stable” in tatters – it shows a wobbly Theresa May and a weak government.’

    https://wrp.org.uk/news/13276

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