Is Theresa May actually TRYING TO LOSE this election? Is something “weird” going on? (May 22, 2017)

by Alex McNamara, Evolve Politics

… millions of us are simply gobsmacked by the Tory manifesto. Even some Tories. It’s just so callous and so persecuting of the lesser fortunate, so shamelessly playing for the benefits of the upper classes and elites, it really does beggar beliefeven by typical Conservative standards. They’ve also become UKIP, making Cameron and Osborne seem like liberal freedom fighters of yesteryear.

The disabled, unemployed, doctors and nurses, teachers etc, they’ve all already been shafted, but in the past few days/weeks alone, May has deliberately targeted:

  • pensioners, their triple-lock pensions and fuel allowance,
  • anyone requiring nursing/social care who owns a home, forcing them to pay equity to the government (instead of passing on to next of kin),
  • increases to income tax and/or VAT,
  • increases to interest rates on student loans,
  • refusal to increase the minimum wage,
  • reductions to corporation tax,
  • cuts to the NHS (won’t rule out privatisation),
  • no guarantee of rights for EU citizens living in the UK,
  • fines for employers who do employ foreign nationals,
  • reneged promises regarding the Levenson Enquiry, dropping all proposed restrictions on the Murdoch/Rothermere/Barclay tabloid press,
  • an entirely volunteered repeat-vote on fox-hunting, openly supporting the hugely unpopular blood-sport,
  • effectively re-legalising the immoral ivory trade for wealthy British antique dealers,
  • refusing another referendum for either Scotland or the Brexit deal,
  • refusal to debate publicly with the leader of the opposition, to speak openly with the press (locking them in cupboards, and staging her own publicity),
  • restrictions to what British citizens can see on the internet, introducing North Korea-style censorship and state propaganda,
  • gloating she would “absolutely” initiate a first-strike nuclear attack,
  • sweeping all Tory campaign ‘mis-spending’ under the carpet, on account of recent legal vindication (ignoring there was nonetheless gross and unresolved over-spending).

Probably a whole load more I’ve forgotten too. ‘Policies’ more at home in a Dickensian novel or dictator handbook than 21st century Britain.

It’s just hideous. And it begs the question – who could possibly vote for this??

Meanwhile, we’ve got Boris on the loose, humiliating us all over the world like a complete and utter f**k-nugget. Some are saying, it’s actually like the Conservatives want to lose this election

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Has Theresa May Deliberately Thrown the Election?

by Max Mussan, Western Spring  (this was published on May 31, 2017)

On the 22nd April I wrote an article questioning the Prime Minister’s motives for holding a snap general election at this time…

At the time of my article various pundits were suggesting that Theresa May had called the snap general election in order to cynically exploit the public desire for Brexit and with the expectation that she would emerge with a massively increased majority, however in my article I stated:

“My suspicions are that the Conservatives’ apparent commitment to Brexit is insincere and largely tactical.

“They know they cannot be seen to blatantly override the will of the people by disregarding the outcome of the referendum and believe they must be seen by the public to be doing their best to deliver on their promise that “[t]he government will implement what [we] decide”.

Furthermore, the Conservatives know that Mrs May cannot be seen to willingly give in to Remainer demands that we hold another referendum, but she could delay implementing Article 50 for as long as possible, in the hope that some thing – some event – might provide the pretext for shelving Brexit.”

My suspicions are that establishment Remainers view this snap general election as the means by which the Conservative government can create a desperate, last minute pretext for shelving Brexit…

Now we can see why Theresa May might have been pressured to introduce disastrously unpopular policies into the Conservative manifesto for this snap general election. Why the Conservatives announced the scrapping of the £72,000 cap on charging for long-term care; why they announced that care in the home would also be charge against an individual’s estate; the scrapping of the ‘triple lock’ on retirement pensions; the means testing for the Winter Fuel Allowance for pensioners; why the Conservatives failed to provide reassurances about future investment in the NHS; why they announced the scrapping of free school lunches. All of these measures have predictably undermined support for the Conservatives from among their core supporters, the elderly and their middle aged relatives with families…

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