Hot on the heels of this morning’s embarrassing manifesto backtrack over the Dementia Tax, the weak-and-wobbly Theresa May has tonight stumbled into the BBC studios to be grilled by former Murdoch bag-man, Andrew ‘Brillo’ Neil.
As expected, the gentle, stage-managed interview was nothing more than a party politcal broadcast for the Conservatives – as May flatly refused to respond to any of the questions with anything resembling an actual answer. Predictably, Neil barely tickled May in his attempts to push her to expand on her non-answers.
There was no answer as to why she is now proposing a cap on the Dementia Tax; no answer to where an extra £8 million for the NHS will come from; no answer to where the £10 billion for NHS estates will come from; no answer to how many pensioners will be affected by the means testing for the winter fuel allowance, no answer on why she should be trusted to reduce immigration; no answer on whether she will increase income tax or national insurance. Theresa May is the no answer prime minister. Amusingly, at one point, and with an embarrassing lack of irony, she even claimed that Jeremy Corbyn was trying to sneak into Number 10 by ‘playing on people’s fears’.
The toadying Neil allowed her to repeat her Lynton Crosby™ soundbites and stock-phrases, ad nauseam – ‘the most important election in my lifetime’, ‘strong hand’, ‘Labour are playing politics’, ‘challenges we face’, ‘A real choice’, ‘it will be me or Jeremy Corbyn.’ Fortunately, this fake, sanitised public-relations exercise only lasted for half-an-hour.