The one striking aspect of this most bizarre of general election campaigns is that of Theresa May’s seemingly non existent policies. Rushing from place to place avoiding the public, trotting out tired old soundbites and not revealing what the next Tory government might look like. May is saying, “Vote for me so I can do what I like.” The worst thing is that it’s working.
The only policy May unveiled that I can think of is the dementia tax, where her government will snaffle up the proceeds of those who worked hard to buy their own homes to pay for their own health care. Don’t own your own home and the state will pick up the tab. This from the party which, laughably, suggests it is the party of homeowners. What a shame they didn’t add that they want you to spend much of your life paying for your house only to lose it if things go wrong. Beyond the dementia tax, what does May stand for?
Brexit? She gives no clue as to what she intends to do except that in order to obtain a good Brexit deal, you need to believe in Brexit, which Mrs May didn’t until 24th June 2017. Funding public services? Empty soundbites about increased spending when the reality on the ground is huge cuts. I could go on, but there’s no point. This is a presidential campaign for a would be prime minister who, apart from announcing how strong and stable she is, says nothing of note to no one in particular.
It is easy to say that if Labour had a decent leader, as opposed to the one they’ve lumbered themselves with, they would win this election hands down. On the face of it, that’s true, but the main reason this election is taking place is because of Labour’s current leader. May, the lightweight opportunist that she is, decided to call an election to destroy Labour because its leader was so useless. How ironic that even in such a short campaign, May has managed to show the public that she is more useless than the wretched Corbyn could possibly be. Some choice.
My friends who are knocking on doors for Labour have grave doubts about the latest opinion polls. They do not recognise this great change of heart that the electorate appears to be having. Whilst May is undoubtedly damaged goods, the door-knockers do not expect to wake up on 9th June to see Jeremy Corbyn being handed the keys to 10 Downing Street. It’s not going to happen and it never was.
Even I have had a slight wobble during the campaign. I decided not to support the local Labour candidate Naomi Rylatt because voted for Corbyn as leader and continues to support him now. I decided to hold my nose and vote Lib Dem on the simple grounds that they are the only party who reflect my views on Europe. I thought about returning to Labour to try and get rid of Jack Lopresti, our bumbling Tory MP, but concluded that as Labour is going to lose anyway, why encourage the hard left in the party? For all I know, Rylatt could be a very nice person whose heart is in the right place, but as a supporter of Corbyn she becomes an enabler of the Tories and, in the words of Hall and Oates, I can’t go for that, no can do.
May will win with a majority of at least 50 and maybe up to 100. My guess is nearer the bottom end of those figures. She doesn’t deserve to because she is desperately poor at her job, has no ideas nor vision and tells lies; big black lies. And she’s a Tory who wants to steal your house if you get dementia in later life and cut your benefits if you are disabled. And she’s a Tory, full stop.
May has spent weeks saying nothing of note. When she wins, she will continue the process of bringing this country to its knees with her reckless Brexit and the further privatision and destruction of our vital public services. Vote Tory and you will be voting to wreck this country. Many will do just that and it will be interesting to see who they blame when things all go tits up.