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  1. General Election 2017

    That would entirely depend on context.
  2. General Election 2017

    I think "white knight" would be more accurate. The role of the white knight is to protect snowflakes from being exposed to opinions that hurt their feelings. They are usually lefties who join the 'me too' flash-mob when a subject known to trigger snowflakes is aired.
  3. General Election 2017

    The Official IRA were a Marxist organisation, so I am sure Corbyn and his comrades would have identified with their struggle.
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    His rhetoric is based entirely on the binary morality of Marxism, which basically is always poor good, rich bad, and then formulating policies which amount to equality of outcome at any price. The only selling point of his policies is not that they promise to solve a problem but that they are a clear and simple message that his government will attack the rich. If you scratch the surface of most lefties, attacking the rich is all they really want to do, whether the outcome is beneficial or not. It is why it is branded the politics of envy. There is a lot of Labour candidates who find it sufficient to only learn the Left's mantras to please their invited audience and that is why know so little about their own policies.
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    Go easy on her, a PM is only as good as their advisors. Thatcher had Keith Joseph to provide the intellectual justification and Norman Tebbit to show her how to make it hurt the most.
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    Voting is usually about picking the least worst option. The criticism of Labour is that they have made that choice too easy. Angela Rayner knows nowt about nowt which may not disqualify her from providing pastoral care for her constituents if she has the right help, but Corbyn wants her to be the next Secretary of State For Education.
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    There are plenty of reasons not to vote Labour and some seem better than their campaigning style: Angela Rayner being one.
  8. General Election 2017

    Estimates for the cost of nationalising the energy sector according The Guardian go as high as £185bn. But as it is certain that someone will inevitably dispute that number, I think 'unknown' is appropriate.
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    So what affect would Corbyn's spending plans have on ordinary people? The cost of his increased spending on public services is around £50bn and the cost of his nationalisation plans is unknown but substantial. As he increased spending the deficit would increase and the cost of government borrowing would rise. Presently the UK is paying 1.1% on its bonds while other countries like Australia, New Zealand, Portugal and the USA are paying over 2%. This has increased interest rates paid by borrowers. UK mortgage rates are around 3.4% (HSBC) , New Zealand rates are 5.79% (HSBC). We know that UK household borrowing has returned to the same level as it was before 2008 and now stands at £200bn. Many people are struggling with debt according to the agencies who help them. Wages are flat despite record levels of employment. The policy of the present government is to keep interest rates low to help people in debt at the expense of savers and to attempt to keep the little growth there is going. Mark Carney drops hints that he will put up interest rates but it is understood that it is very unlikely. Do Corbyn's spending plans come at a cost and if they do, is everyone happy to pay that cost?
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    It has followed the usual pattern. There have been loud demands that social care needs to be better funded but then when a solution is found the same people complain about their taxes being raised. Another acronym is born - NIMBP - not in my back pocket!
  11. General Election 2017

    If everyone stops paying when they get down to their last £100k, then those with the most assets will pay a lot more and will have less to leave to their kids/grandkids, who will enjoy less of a head start in the rat race.
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    I am surprised that a socialist would disagree with this because it certainly would level the playing field as regards social mobility. For the exact same reason Tory voters will hate it. The granny farm industry would like it because there would be a lot more people paying the full whack, rather than the few who now pay subsidising those dependent on meagre local authority tariffs. This is more evidence of Tory hubris - they withdrew the NI rise because of the objections and then introduce a whole bunch of stuff which is far worse. They are clearly effing idiots.
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    I am very much with Lao-Tzu when it comes to politics - in most areas inaction seems to be the most appropriate, and in other areas tweaking would be better than big action. If Education is not working you tweak it you don't build academies and when hospitals struggle the answer is not to move the problems to a super-hospital etc. Both manifestos involve big actions and promise results that none of the protagonists look capable of delivering. Both result in an expansion of the state, just when Brexit will mean that there will be an increased workload, while politics has become increasingly a part-time job (leave it to Brussels). Big actions deplete budgets, give only the illusion of progress, and they just create a whole new bunch of problems, usually more difficult to solve than the ones they replaced. Politics is fundamentally fecal, in the bucket or out of it.
  14. General Election 2017

    I see, that's clear enough. Thanks!
  15. General Election 2017

    Re: the so-called death tax Can anyone explain why the Tory proposals are worse than how they are already? Various examples I have come across include people paying out £2k a month to provide adequate care for a parent living at home, and others having to hand over £60k out of their deceased parent's estate for five years of care in a home. It is pretty bloody awful already and has been for a long time, so how is it worse?