Theresa May is asking for a blank cheque with her detail-free manifesto

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:

“It is the responsibility of leadership to be upfront and straight with people about the challenges ahead, about the difficult decisions and trade-offs that need to be made, and the hard work required to overcome the obstacles in our way. That is what this Manifesto does.”

However, beyond telling people that there are difficult decisions to be made, May does not equip people to weigh up different options because her manifesto does not offer any facts and figures.

Once more, the prime minister is brazenly asking voters for a blank cheque. And they should be extremely wary about giving it to her.

Niamh Ní Mhaoileoin is editor of Left Foot Forward. Find her on Twitter.

See: Seriously, why won’t Theresa May ditch the ‘tens of thousands’ immigration target?

3 Responses to “Theresa May is asking for a blank cheque with her detail-free manifesto”

  1. Craig Mackay

    The contrast between the Tory manifesto, vague in almost every detail, and the Labour Party manifesto with detailed costings is stark. When you look into what Theresa May has written many aspects are concerning. For example, the changes to the funding of care for the elderly will force many into very early equity release on their homes. You can read more about this here: http://outsidethebubble.net/2017/05/18/raising-money-from-the-elderly-not-from-the-rich/

  2. Mike Stallard

    “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.”
    We have no need to leave the Common Market. We can stay in and trade will be uninterrupted. We do need to leave the EU though.
    If we join the other pillar of the EEA – the EFTA pillar – we can do everything we want – trade, leave the ECJ, arrange a proper payment – make our own trading arrangements with the whole world.
    I am a firm Brexiteer from Dr Richard North’s blog at eureferendum.com

  3. patrick newman

    The Tory press have for electoral reasons painted her as a resurrected one nation Tory. A quick look at her March budget will tell you all you need to know about this natural fiscal hawk. No change on the £12bn Osborne punishment of the poor. The bedroom tax continues and disabled people stll have struggle with the punitive PIPS changes. To paraphase Emily Thornberry’s entertaining exclamation in the Marr interview it’s all a load of sphericals coated in bovine excrement!

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