by danielbarker on 9 June, 2017
There was no vindication for Theresa May’s planned hard Brexit.
However, the turning point of the election was the launch of the Tory manifesto and unveiling of the ‘dementia tax’. Up and down the country, the Conservatives suffered shock defeats as people rejected their programme of continued austerity. The question is now, what next?
Whereas the coalition formed in 2010 was based around an agreed and very public programme, the deal struck between Theresa and the DUP is shrouded in mystery. I hope all opposition parties will be placing pressure on the DUP to extract the following from the Tories in return for their cooperation:
An agreement to keep the UK in the Single Market
An end to the proposed cuts on local government
A pledge not to privatise the NHS
A reversal of the cuts planned for schools
A fair increase in income tax to properly fund social care
The Conservatives are now in a weak position. It is the DUP’s public duty to ensure they listen to the reasons they lost so many seats and to act accordingly.
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