The most open feature of the Tory leadership fight is the contest to propose the biggest tax cuts by the candidates of the Tory “right” and their campaign against Rishi Sunak – who wants a slower pace of tax cuts. Both share the same tax cutting goal. The difference is only over tactics – how rapidly to implement this agenda.
The 1% are seeking to defend their own ruinous luxury consumption, by manipulating mass economic insecurities. As reducing the wealth of the elite to a climate sustainable level is unthinkable there either has to be a green transition with the costs dumped on the majority, or there is no transition at all.
Socialists should do everything they can to ensure the entire Tory party is held collectively responsible for their outrageous attacks on the population, to kick them all out.
Notes from the front of 9-10-2017
Tory disarray, division and conference disaster
Last week’s Tory Party Conference was not just a personal disaster for Theresa May’s premiership but further underlined the chaos at the heart of the Tory government.
By Ian Richardson
One of the clearest examples of ‘fake news’ and ‘alternative facts’ so far in the British election campaign has been the media’s flagging of the Tory manifesto as stealing moderate Labour’s clothes by ‘abandoning Thatcherism’ and instead pitching ‘for the centre ground’, allegedly abandoned by Corbyn’s Labour. In reality May’s Tory manifesto is the most right wing Tory manifesto since the Second World War, going way beyond Thatcher in its proposals to deepen the attack on the welfare state, extending austerity’s scope to both the very young – ending free school lunches – and to the elderly with the ending of winter fuel payments except to the very poor and a ‘solution’ to the social care crisis of making those needing it pay for it themselves from the value of their homes.