Forward Together. But where to?


(Manifesto cover with acknowledgements to the actor David Schneider)

He could also have added children needing a free school lunch among the excluded.

The Conservatives are supposed to be clever marketeers (in case anyone should have missed an example of their despicable and infamous facebook marketing there is one here) but I cannot honestly see who they are selling to. Anyone that’s frightened? Probably that’s most of us, but there’s a very good reason to be frightened of them.

We are assured of hard times ahead but we’ve already had 7 years of austerity and the promised prosperity has yet to arrive. So we are now asked to believe that everything in the garden will be lovely in 5 years time and submit to a mixture of austerity and hard brexit in the meantime.

Additionally there are some unpublicised plans in the Conservative manifesto according to the Financial Times (paywall). The Serious Fraud Office is to be scrapped – they asked for a substantial budget increase so their reward is to be merged into the National Crime Agency.

The minimum income threshold for people to bring spouses into the UK is to be increased. What joy.

Corporation tax has definitely got to reduce but at the same time we absolutely must take food from infants and make the elderly pay for staying warm.

And then the condition for preserving the last £100,000 in every home will be that you take out an insurance product with a lien on the home and the insurance company will be wanting premiums and interest of course. These are already used, it appears, in the US – where else?

The Tory Party Manifesto is an excercise in self-flagellation for the voters. The destination is elusive and above all it gives no hope. That is very poor marketing.

“Forward Together” is something else that comes from America. It was the slogan used by Richard Nixon.  He did get elected but it didn’t end well for him –  I doubt the Conservatives can hope for better.



  1. Sean Danaher -

    It’s all very strange. One could almost think Brexit will be so much of a disaster that they don’t want to form the next government. The bigger Mays majority the more precipitous the fall perhaps

    1. Geoff -

      I wonder though Sean, are we not missing a longer term plan from the Tories.
      Yes they have been riding high and taking old LP support from UKIP but I’m beginning to think they are looking to risk everything at this election, to take advantage of their popularity by getting through the most right wing policy then look at a “Red Tory” agenda further down the line. If we accept YouGov is a Tory measuring stick then it becomes obvious that they are using it to target various old labour voters wants, like re-nationalising the rail network and utilities. If they win this time they wil privatise what’s left, leaving the field open to cherry pick selective but popular working class wishes for the future. Let’s hope they’ve miss judged and lose the election!

  2. Mark Crown -

    Forward together – straight into brick wall called BREXIT!

    And a block hole called corporate America.

    My view is that we all know we are in a sea of merde but the Tory ship looks much more organised and well behaved than the Labour one, so people will swim towards that one in hope of salvation I’m afraid.

    Voters do not want to see mutinous parties at times like these. They want order and politicians with a plan that they all agree to work together on.

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  4. Paul Richardson -

    She (May) would like to hand this poisoned chalice over to Corbyn unless she gets complete and absolute power over this country (Queen? Queen who?). Cameron has disappeared with his millions and no doubt rubbing his grubby claws together with unbridled joy at the chaos he’s caused rats and sinking ships spring to mind here!

  5. Geoff -

     The article below raises some interesting and worrying points about the direction of the “Red Tory” movement within the party. Should we be worried about Erdington Modernisation or Red Tory interventionism?  Led by the prime minister’s adviser Nick Timothy, who grew up in a working class family in Birmingham and has the ear of May, it sets out to target working class voters. It is designed to appeal to people in areas like Erdington, where Mr Timothy grew up:
    “They are the people whose lives are most affected – for better and worse – by politics. They can’t choose to send their kids to a private school when the schools around them are terrible. They can’t opt out of the NHS if they find themselves in a dirty hospital or at the end of a long waiting list. They are the ones who find themselves out of work, on reduced hours, or with never-ending pay freezes when the economy goes wrong. They find themselves unable to afford the mortgage when interest rates go up. They have to go without when their taxes rise. They are the people for whom debates about tax credits are not about spreadsheets, headlines or dividing lines but about whether mum can go back to work or not.”

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