With 5 days to go until the election, I thought reflection upon the main parties manifestos would be a good topic to go in to the voting booth level headed about why all of the parties have got at least one thing wrong, but why some of them may be at least somewhat acceptable faults that we can appreciate the intentions of. This is the first of the blogging series in the run up to the election.
Side note, I will be updating the personal information section of my page with a summary of my ‘political identity’ but I will also try my best to be bitter to all of the parties regardless of my voting intentions. All comments on the manifestos will be using the parties official manifesto published on their website in written format.
Starting with the current majority party, Conservatives. Putting aside the fact that Theresa May needs to find a synonym for ‘strong’ given that one page in it is mentioned 5 times, it seems admirable that the conservative party want to dispose of traditional conservatism with ‘selfish individualism’ out of the way and dedicate more to the ordinary working families. With establishing sovereign funds for British infrastructure and for the British economy it seems that the conservatives are considering the long term picture thinking of future generations. additional ratification of the Paris agreement would seem to be ideal statements many individuals could support. However the actions proposed by the party to support state funding in areas such as education and healthcare lack clarity and direction, most notably in the section ‘celebrating public service’ which seems appropriate in its intent but lacks clarification on how Nurses being underpaid and on food banks can be helped and junior doctors can get fairer contracts.
The additional section of employment notes how to strive closer to full employment we encourage people to get into work as it is the best route out of poverty. This statement expresses the ignorance of the conservative party towards true reasons for unemployment, issues such as structural unemployment are not simply fixed by getting a job there needs to be greater access routes to employment. Many forms of unemployment are not out of choice and under the poor welfare systems being trialled across the country by the conservatives it is not one many are likely to pursue out of choice.
A final abode to the mentions of Brexit negotiations, with a clear description that May would like to be associated with ‘strong and stable’ it seems the aspirations of Brexit are not much clearer. In the initial talks about the parties aim it rejects traditional conservative Free Market economy, and the party is very aspirational in talks of securing the free market position it maintains in the EU while also getting the benefits of trade deals outside the EU. These ideals however are highly contradictory to the rest of the manifesto pledging to maintain ‘friction less borders’ but also aiming to reduce net migration to the tens of thousands, it is very unlikely May will be able to negotiate such a privileged relationship with the EU no matter how many times she calls it ‘deep and special’ in the manifesto. Ms May is very aware however that these ideals are overly aspirational which is why the statement of ‘no deal is worse than a bad deal’ is being reiterated many times, the fine details and actions are unclear which is likely to work in her favour for accountability when there is minimal to be held to.
Overall the conservative manifesto makes a few promises on numbers such as net migration ‘around tens of thousands’ but like many of the statements made it is vague and lacks accountability. This manifestos has plenty of faults but it is not lacking costings despite many claims because the numbers are there, but a much blatant fault is the lack of direction for many of the goals they wish to achieve setting a starting point and an end goal does not policy make. Least not for a government that wishes to enact some of its manifesto policies, but then I realise why the conservatives have done this, enacting policies that weren’t described in your manifesto isn’t wrong if you have described an end goal which you wish to meet. The conservatives if elected won’t be held accountable to the policies and impacts they make with legislation, more so whether they meet the end goal as the public will be none the wiser to what the true actions of government will be.