The most electorally potent Tory policies
- The abolition of inheritance tax for all but millionaires.
- Tax relief for savers.
- A two year freeze in the council tax and a long-term power for local communities to veto large rises in their council tax.
- New powers for headteachers to exclude disruptive schoolchildren.
- An end to mixed NHS wards.
- Scrapping ID cards and the wider promises to dismantle Labour's surveillance state.
- A reduction in the number of MPs.
- A promise to give all voters a referendum on any future transfer of power to the European Union.
- Powers for English MPs to take charge of scrutinising legislation that only affects English constituencies.
- An annual cap on the number of people that can enter Britain from outside of the European Union.
I just don't buy into this. IHT is a pernicious tax on money that has already survived being taxed to buggery. It's great that they are raising the allowance, but really, this tax should just go. It is the state's final "fuck you" to every person.
Good. We need to encourage saving.
Sounds good, but what is a "large rise"? And does anyone think that a "large rise" is going to get anything but a hearty "fuck off" from the long-suffering taxpayer?
Sounds good, but what does it mean? And how will the freshly buttered potato overcome the forces of the righteous?
OK. Didn't Labour try to do this for a decade?
Mmm ... once again, it sounds good, but what does it mean? Will Dave just be window-dressing the removal of ID cards by moving the databases into the passport department? Or will he genuinely be freeing us up?
Excellent idea. Cutting them in half? Oh ... a piddling, cosmetic cut. Oh well ... better than nothing, I guess.
Ah, sneaky: any future transfer of power. So anything that has happened by the time the Tories get into power is there for good.
Sure, whatever. We believe you.
EPIC FAIL. I don't care how many people come to the UK if they are coming for the right reason. If they're coming for the dole, then one such person is too many. If they are coming to live here, fit in, contribute to British life and pay taxes, there is no real limit to how many I would welcome. And anyway, non-EU citizens aren't the "problem".
The most transformational Tory policies
- The control of public expenditure so that Britain lives within its means again. The establishment of the Office of Budgetary Responsibility will ensure that no Chancellor can bend the fiscal rules for political convenience.
- Publishing all government expenditures over £50,000 (the 'Google government' policy) will force politicians and civil servants to think more carefully about how they spend taxpayers' money.
- Freedom for parents to establish new schools and for those schools to be able to decide their own system of examination and their teachers' pay and conditions.
- Ending all forms of discrimination in the tax and benefits system against the married family.
- The direct election of police chiefs so that local communities get more responsive, more effective crime-fighting.
- The £6,500 energy efficiency facility which will see hundreds of thousands of homes become cheaper to heat and less damaging to the environment.
Hm. So we're going to hand over control of public expenditure to unelected, unaccountable bureaucrats? I think this is an epic fail.
Truly, the single best idea ever from the Tories. I bet the civil service must be absolutely shitting themselves. (And then planning how they will do lots of little things for £49,500 instead.) And I wonder how much of this will actually happen because of violation of "commercial confidentiality". But still ... excellent stuff!
Pity there is no explicit mention of home schooling. But also a good idea. Almost libertarian, but don't tell Dave, eh?
I'm sure this will wind up punishing single or unmarried people somehow, instead.
Excellent idea. Although a lot depends on implementation, of course!
Stupid, stupid, stupid, wasteful, cosmetic and pointless.
And no real mention of the elephant in the room, either. What laws can Dave actually implement?