Tories in Meltdown Over Social Care

Steve Carr writes: The Liberal Democrats have reacted after a day in which the upper echelons of the Conservative Party were in lock-down, apparently in panic after their social care policy backfired. The Institute for Fiscal Studies analysed Theresa May’s plans and concluded that “the Conservative plan makes no attempt to deal with the fundamental challenge of social care funding.”

The Conservatives are now pushing different cabinet ministers out to Sunday newspapers in an attempt to “move the conversation on” from social care.

Norman Lamb, Liberal Democrat health spokesperson, said:

“The Tory high command is now in meltdown. It realises it has misjudged the British people, who don’t like this cold, mean-spirited Conservative approach to our most vulnerable citizens.

“First Theresa May was revealed as the lunch-snatcher. Now she is pushing a Dementia tax. This will go down as her poll tax – not only a colossal political miscalculation, but also cruel, showing that she just doesn’t care.

“No wonder the Tories are panicking. The Liberal Democrats will continue to campaign to give social care the extra funding it needs, properly funded with a penny on income tax to pay for it, and to give Britain a brighter future.”

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14 Responses to Tories in Meltdown Over Social Care

  1. Andy Cooper says:

    So this is strong and stable leadership !!! God help us all if this excuse of a politician gets voted in.

  2. Dr Allan Dodds says:

    Well, it was, after all, Theresa May who characterised the Tories as “The Nasty Party”. Plus ca change, plus ca meme chose.

  3. Joan Wade says:

    The Liberal Democrats received 2,120 total votes in the local constituency at the last election or approximately 4.0% share of the total vote. No political party has ever gone from such a position to win a constituency at the next election. I don’t now how much attention Ms May has paid to the voting intentions of the people of Bramcote but her strategists must no doubt welcome the role that in a first past the post system the Liberal Democrats play in constituencies such as this one.

  4. Steve Carr says:

    Then let’s have a fairer voting system. Why should I have to vote for a party I don’t agree with because I disagree with them less than another party?

    A vote for Labour and the Tories is a vote to perpetuate the same old cosy system.

  5. Barry Morrison says:

    The public had a chance to vote for ”a fairer voting system” in 2011..And those who could be bothered to get off their backsides and vote told the politicians to get stuffed

  6. Steve Carr says:

    Classy as usual

  7. Barry Morrison says:

    Like it or lump it, that’s the way it went so either the non voters are happy with the first past the post or they thought it would’nt change a damn thing..I’m prepared to think it’s the latter

    • Most of us did not understand AV. Why the libdems blew their trump card on that instead of full blown proportional representation Clegg only knows!

      • Barry Morrison says:

        Backfired spectacularly, did’nt it.. But then again, Clegg, Like Tony Blair was only ever interested in getting the EU Commissioners job..Which with any luck when we come out of the EU will disqualify both of them because we won’t be members of the EU.

  8. Joan Wade says:

    Mr Carr writes “Why should I have to vote for a party I don’t agree with because I disagree with them less than another party?” err – Because by not doing so you get what you most don’t want !! As human being we have the power to make choices.

  9. Ian Blakeley says:

    Big problem with the vote in 2011 was explaining in words that everyone could understand how the system would work. I’ve heard arguments saying that some people thought that whilst they got one vote their neighbour was going to getting 4, 5 or 6 votes and that wasn’t fair.

    If people want a ‘fair’ voting system the way to start is by making it mandatory to be issued with a ballot paper at a polling station. Once you receive it then, as today, they can do what they wish with it:- eat it, vote for everyone, vote for none.

    Is it illegal to take a ballot paper out of the polling station?

    • Barry Morrison says:

      Ian. If you’re saying that some people thought that that neighbours would get more votes than them, does’nt that show ignorance and stupidity at the highest kevel?. My opinion is that elections should be mandatory, and as Ian says. ‘What you do with your ballot paper is immaterial..Like they do in Greece, Australia etc.

      • Ian Blakeley says:

        Honest Barry, thats is exactly what I either overheard or read in a snippet somewhere. It wasn’t ignorance or stupidity but the way it worked being badly explained.

  10. Mike_H says:

    That is the critical point. Voters base their decision on what they think is the case not on the extant evidence. For example there is no evidence that suggests that continuously reorganising the NHS or reintroducing grammar schools improves the health of a single patient or the education of a single child…but we continue to vote in the people that think so.

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