Theresa May has finally unveiled the Conservative Party manifesto, which suggests she is pushing a “hard Brexit” and wants to snag as many Labour voters as possible.
Editor’s Remarks: The Tory manifesto commits to its “hard Brexit” line and reiterates that no deal with Brussels is preferable to a bad one. Additionally, May announced that she will scrap her predecessor’s plan to cap social care costs at £72,000. Instead, pensioners will have £100,000 of their assets (home included) protected but will be charged on anything above this. Consequently, poorer pensioners will pay nothing towards their care, while wealthier families could pay extraordinary sums, especially if they suffer from long-term ailments like dementia. May is also sticking to her immigration promises by imposing a £2,000 annual “Skills Charge” on companies for every skilled non-EU employee they hire. The revenues will, it is said, go towards addressing the nation’s desperate skills shortage. These policies are likely to appeal to the UK’s traditional Labour supporters.