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Sunday, 21 May 2017

Popular support for the Labour party grows as more people turn away from the conservatives

Tory wobble as cuts for elderly slash May’s lead

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The alarm within the conservative leadership with the thought  that they might lose the election on June 8th, grows more perturbing for them and Central Office with each hour that passes. Every day, there is news that support for the Labour party is growing and the "policies" outlined in the conservative manifesto are being denounced by business groups and charities around the country as well as conservative party workers, MP's and Councillors. Southend Council Leader John Lamb said that his party’s planned social care overhaul will hit hard-working families and could lead to people’s homes being taken from them after they die, adding " It’s totally wrong and I will be making very strong representations to my own group and lobbying MP's. I am against any reduction in the winter fuel allowance". Many other conservative MP's recognise that the so called "Dementia Tax" and other proposals in the manifesto, could adversely effect their majorities and could lead to the loss of their seats. 
In addition to the means testing of winter fuel payments (which will effectively stop payments for all pensioners except those in receipt of Pension Credit), the conservative manifesto contains a promise which would result in 900,000 children from struggling families losing their right to free school lunches. It has been a poor week for the conservative party as policy after policy has come in for severe criticism or even in the case of the Scottish conservatives, a complete rejection of the proposals, with Ruth Davidson the conservative leader in Scotland clearly stating that Scottish pensioners will retain their winter fuel payments in full, together with television licence and travel concessions and that there will be no means testing for pensioner benefits. 
In a further blow for Theresa May, her much heralded assertion that the conservative party "represents ordinary working class people" and "are now the party of the workers", has been roundly rejected by the majority of the electorate, who still see the conservative as the party of the 5% and are increasingly coming to the view that the conservatives remain "the nasty party".
The media of course, are staging a "rear guard action" in a seemingly ineffectual attempt to stem the erosion of conservative support and the growing appeal of the labour party.This is particularly the case with Sky News and BBC News where on last nights "Newspaper Preview" sections the bias of the reviewers was plastered on with a large trowel. On Sky News, Mathew Sayed and Christina Patterson competed with each other for the prize of who could be the most critical of the Labour party generally and Jeremy Corbyn in particular, as they shouted over each other to get their opinions across.


As we move closer to polling day, we may expect that the conservatives and their media will become even more ferocious in their attacks upon our policies and upon our leadership.However, since the launch of their manifesto on Thursday last, conservative politicians, including Theresa May herself, seem to have been queuing up to commit the most juvenile gaffs imaginable as they desperately seek to reverse the tide of public opinion away from the labour party. In a despairing attempt to divert attention away from the problems with their manifesto, the Prime Minister tried to create a division between the Labour leadership on the old chestnut of Trident replacement. In this In this jaunt she failed miserably, as Jeremy Corbyn nailed the "issue" in a television interview a short time later.
Not to be outdone  in their missions to please their leader, conservative politicians and ministers also fell flat on their faces in interview after interview demonstrating a lack of knowledge of their own manifesto and its implications for ordinary people and a complete failure to understand the issues involved.They were lining up to make themselves and their party appear ridiculous. Boris Johnson, Damien Green ,Michael Gove, Jeremy Hunt and even Philip Hammond took turns in stammering lines and mumbling inaccurate responses.
It is little wonder that with these performances and their car crash of a manifesto that conservative support is ebbing away, and people are now questioning whether this collection of individuals would be fit to manage a whelk stall let alone run a government and country.