I have never seen a politician say that they have made a mistake and then present a solution, apart from maybe Nick Clegg, who is a Liberal Democrat.
I am very worried by a single statement that Theresa May said to Jeremy Paxman, a seasoned interviewer of politicians. You see, she attacked her own voters, by saying that people could keep £100,000 of their estate but the rest would be put towards their social care when they are old. (You cannot buy a house for £100,000 unless you live in the sticks, where there is no mobile phone coverage.) The Conservative heartlands were in uproar, but Theresa May skated through it and when Jeremy Paxman said incredulously:
“You’re not answering the question.”
She said that she was now putting a cap on the limit people would have to pay for retirement homes etc. No details, but the odd thing was she has been out to meet the people in the north of England and attempted to win the Labour vote by saying she is taking from the so-say rich. Talk about below the belt; I was stupefied.
Well, I know how hard those so-called rich people work. They take work cell phones on holiday and have to report in every evening. That would be an hour’s discussion and organisation. They work from 7.00 am minimum to at least 7.00 pm and the idea of going home early on a Friday is laughable. (Sometimes it was 1.00 am finish on a bid and then back in at 8.30 am.) They are on call at the weekend. You see Prime Ministers’ hair go white while in power. Take a look at the people in the City of London some time.
In return for working all of the time, they are well-paid. But when do they spend it, exactly? My husband was Operations Director of a FTSE 100 company and I remember that he even had to leave me at a company dinner dance because he had to discuss business. But he would take holiday and tell his staff to take holiday. Unfortunately mobiles meant you were never out of touch.
But these fathers and mothers do miss out on things like picking children up from Cub Scouts. I was the only woman there; the others were all Dads. Oh and the working lunch doesn’t exist, but the working breakfast does. They love their jobs and they do them very well, for the company and the country. So please, next time you think of people earning a lot of money, remember that their bonuses are only paid if the company does well and that they are being paid for last year’s efforts not the present year. I think shareholders’ meetings have ensured that there is more transparency, but do you want to give up your life for your job?
Back to Theresa May. She has been seeing select groups as she goes around England. The manifesto seems to have been concocted by herself and a tiny group of people. Amber Rudd, Home Secretary was the only one facing the public this evening. Where is the Cabinet? That’s what worries me, that Mrs May seems to be doing everything her way and taking southern England voters for granted. Well, I’m not voting for my local dopey Conservative MP. Whatever job he is given, he makes a mess. Perhaps Boris would like his seat?
I think that Theresa May better to middle England and the south. She wants the mandate for Brexit. If that is conducted like the Conservative Manifesto, there is no transparency and opinions taken from two advisers. We need to talk.
Wish us luck.
PS My condolences to the people of Kabul who have suffered a car bomb that again killed indiscriminately. A man risked his life to say that the Taliban were not eradicated by the US/UK/UN occupation. David Cameron was right. Take the people back to their own countries and eradicate evil people from the ground up.