The PM is not equipping voters to make tough choices.
Theresa May called this election with the sole purpose of gaining a massive majority in the House of Commons.
However, despite the fact that she is requesting essentially unchecked power from the electorate, details on May’s programme for government are scarce in the manifesto she launched today.
Headline proposals — the new social care plans, the immigration target, school breakfasts — are not costed in the manifesto, despite the fact that the Conservatives have derided Labour’s costings document. The fiscal rule has been reiterated, but the Tories have pushed the deadline for budget balance to 2025, giving themselves a great deal of wiggle room.
And although she promises, once again, a ‘smooth and orderly Brexit’, May offers no more information about how she will approach the negotiations, expecting voters to accept that ‘no deal is better than a bad deal’ even though her government has failed to calculate the costs of either outcome.
In her speech in Halifax, May leaned heavily on rhetoric about tough choices, saying: