Just a few things to be aware of – with proper citations so you can pick me up on any of it.
- Tory welfare reforms have been described, by the United Nations, as “grave and systematic violations of disabled peoples rights”. This has led the UK to be the first country ever to be investigated by the UN for breach of human rights conventions we are a part of.
- Tory austerity economics is not just being investigated for human rights violations – it is also roundly debunked by leading economic experts:
- Steve Keen (pro-Brexit): UK and US austerity economics is naive
- Paul Krugman: “A return to growth after austerity (is like) repeatedly hitting yourself in the face for a few minutes… it will feel great when you stop.”
- The International Monetary Fund: “austerity economics increases inequality and instability, and undermines growth
- 1 in every 6 schools now has to ask parents for money, due to budgets cuts brought on by austerity.
- The Tory party are being investigated by the Crown Prosecution Service for 20 cases of illegal electioneering at the last General Election. EDIT: I missed this one, and in the interests of fairness it is worth stating plainly: 14 cases were dismissed last week.
- The Tory promise to extend workers rights is a political sleight-of-hand – they will also raise the tribunal fees to enact such rules, making them unenforceable in practical terms.
- The first meeting between the UK and the EU was an unmitigated disaster. Her being “bloody difficult” could be a barrier to good negotiations – a hinderance – that is pushing a good deal away, rather than making it more likely. In negotiation, stubbornness needs to be married with charm and flexibility – are you sure she has those?
- Theresa May has flatly refused to take part in any debates during this election. Refusing to talk with people who might challenge her beliefs should be seen as a sign of weakness. Remember, she did not have to face an election the first time, and she is now refusing to debate this one. To vote for her is simply to buy the message she is selling to you.
- She doesn’t even like chips.
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