I’ve just received the latest flyer from my Tory (ex UKIP) MP George Eustice. It’s almost totally free of any detail – just a series of meaningless slogans. The few ‘facts’ contained in it are mostly untrue. He is treating his constituents as fools.
Some of George Eustice’s meaningless slogans:
“End of the soft prison sentence”
The Tories bring this dog whistle out every election ad nauseam because it plays well to its core supporters but there is absolutely nothing in their manifesto that will make a meaningful difference. However, they have presided over the near destruction of the criminal justice system by underfunding, ideological vandalism and ignorant populist interventions aimed only at gaining positive Daily Mail headlines. We already have some of the longest prison sentences, worst repeat offender rates and worst crime rates in western Europe.
Since 2010 there have been multiple changes to sentencing policy. If there is anything wrong with those policies the blame rests entirely with the Conservative government.
The independent Institute for Fiscal Studies says that the extra £14 billion for education (over three years and not starting until 2022) will only just about bring spending back to the levels when the Tories took office. It will not make up for the lost money of the past 9 years.
As for the billions for hospital projects, I refer you to Matt “We’re not saying, 50,000 new nurses. We’re saying 50,000 more nurses” Hancock, who has single-handedly destroyed any credibility there might have been for the ’50’ ‘new’ hospitals and 50,000 ‘more’ nurses – it’s a farce. He wouldn’t convince his own grandmother.
Tellingly, the flyer doesn’t mention Boris Johnson at all.
When lies and deceit prevail in politics democracy dies. Johnson and the current government are a threat to both democracy and the very soul of our country. If they gain a working majority the damage done by years of gridlock and uncertainty as we try to negotiate multiple new trade deals added to the consequences of a hard-right agenda will be irreversible. Neither of the two main opposition parties has earned our loyalty and neither stands a chance of winning so we must Vote Tactically, however painful it is, to prevent a Tory majority and then we must fight for radical reform, for integrity, accountability, transparency & proportional representation.
If we do vote tactically, we must assert publicly & personally to the recipient of our vote that it is ours, not theirs & they cannot legitimately claim it supports them or their party or manifesto. We are morally obliged to actively oppose any negative consequences of our vote.
Please let me know if I have made any mistakes of fact or logic – I will be happy to correct or amend as necessary. I am also happy to back up my comments with evidence and reasoning.
Sources and references:
Johnson’s biggest lie is that he’ll get Brexit done:
To get his Withdrawal Agreement, PM abandoned NI “backstop” and turned it into a “frontstop” – which is what EU wanted in the first place:
Brexit isn’t just putting checks between Northern Ireland and Great Britain. It is fuelling demands for Scottish independence. The best way to keep the UK together is to stay in the EU:
“It’s a truism of the fishing world that Britain exports what it catches and imports what it eats. That means the UK needs EU markets to sell fish into, and if they want that access the UK will have to allow EU vessels to keep fishing in British waters.”: https://www.rte.ie/news/analysis-and-comment/2019/1115/1091162-brexit-fish-talks/
*See page 14 of the revised Political Declaration of the Withdrawal Agreement Oct 2019: https://ec.europa.eu/commission/sites/beta-political/files/revised_political_declaration.pdf
This (below) is just another Boris Johnson lie – they mean nothing to him. But do the people of Cornwall realise they are being taken for fools.
Is this the kind of thing that puts George Eustice off mentioning Boris Johnson in his leaflets?
Boris Johnson: “Northern Ireland has got a great deal. It’s got a great deal. You keep free movement, you keep access to the single market.”
Rest of us: If it’s such a great deal for NI why can’t we all have the same deal – the one we already have. Are you drunk?#NotFitToBePM pic.twitter.com/W05V4I5QsN
— Colin Lawson (@Colin_Lawson) November 8, 2019
I have pasted a copy of the flyer below. The evidence speaks for itself, it is devoid of detail, consists mainly of meaningless slogans and most of the small number of facts are actually deceptions or untrue. He thinks we are fools.