Despite publicly saying she would not call a general election many times since her leadership election – Theresa May and her small coterie of advisors called one – much to the surprise of her cabinet colleagues and her party.
Strong and stable leadership to get her through the Brexit negotiations was the excuse – despite having a working majority of 12. It wasn’t the opposition she was worried about kiboshing her negotiations, but those hardliner Tory Brexiters that she couldn’t trust.
During this election campaign we have seen how “strong and stable” she is.
- She caved in on the “Dementia Tax” issue and we still don’t know what we’ll have to pay for our old age care from our investments in bricks and mortar. If it is £100k then those of us in the cheaper areas of Britain will give a substantially larger percentage of our inheritance to the tax man that those living in higher priced houses in the South East….
- She poo pooed claims that taking 2 months out of the Brexit negotiations to concentrate on a General Election would be folly. Yet she made the excuse that she was too busy thinking about Brexit to come face to face with Jeremy Corbyn for live debate.
- She doesn’t like real campaigning as she professed to do – talking directly to all the electorate. All her “public” meets are carefully stage managed to avoid anyone but die hard Conservative members. She panics when an actual member of the public confronts her about benefit money being cut from people with learning and physical disability. Or trying to explain her Dementia Tax plans on the doorstep..
- She denies that cutting police on the ground affects the intelligence the security services get about terrorist organisations.
- When William, Harry and Kate campaign for mental health Heads Together campaign – she suddenly sees the importance of Mental Health and Social Care – despite voting against Social Care Funding Increases in 2013 and reviewing aspects of reforms to support disabled people and their families in 2012. And continuing to oversee cuts to local authority budgets which mainly deliver services to Mental Health and Social Care services… with a promise of more to come.
- There is no “magic money tree” Yes there is – David Cameron “magicked” £375 billion for the banks and financial markets from the Bank of England in the form of Quantitive Easing. How much did that help us financially – 8p in every pound – leaving the banks and financial companies 92p to “re-invest” in the “money market”. i.e. gamble it away again…. keeping a little to make sure they don’t go bust again and rely on the government to bail them out… again…..
- The “Strong and Stable” ledger is noticeable by it’s absence in the latter days of the Tory campaign.
- “Brexit means Brexit” is no clearer from Mrs May than when she termed it – other than if she can’t get what “she” wants she’ll walk away…
- Her manifesto is basically more of the same Britain – austerity, budget cuts to government and public authorities, grammar schools and “enough is enough” on terrorism – nothing costed and the right wing press query none of it – yet go through other party manifestos with a fine tooth brush. Oh and nicking a few 2015 Labour Manifesto ideas like capping the energy companies (seen as communist ideology according to the Daily Mail back then…)
So the way is pretty clear
If you want a leader who
- Won’t talk directly to the electorate, or pretty much the rest of her party…
- Changes her mind at the first sign of disapproval by the Daily Mail
- Gags her Foreign Secretary and Health Secretary throughout the campaign
- Cuts public services through cutting Local Authority funding
- Underfunds the NHS and Social Care
- Looks after “the Few”
Vote as you normally do in Orpington and don’t moan about paying extra on your council tax for social care and when your libraries shut or you Nan can’t get funding for her care package to leave her hospital bed..
Vote for a Party that
- Believes in Public Services and all those hard working Police, Doctors, Nurses, Social Care Workers, Teachers, Librarians, Trading Standards Officers etc…
- Believes funding in schools is a priority for all children, not just grammar schools…
- Created the NHS and the Welfare State that protects the vulnerable and weak through proper funding and believes help is tantamount to a civilised country
- Saved Northern Rock, RBS and Lloyds Bank by pumping in £135 billion pounds of tax payers money, resulting in ordinary people keeping their houses and some of their savings…
Vote for Nigel de Gruchy in Orpington on Thursday 8th June
For the MANY not the few!!!