Care for your vot­ers

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HAS the Tory party aban­doned one of its fun­da­men­tal val­ues? For count­less mid­dle­class par­ents, mak­ing sac­ri­fices to pay off the mort­gage so their home can pass to their chil­dren on their deaths is a cen­tral tenet of Conservatism.

But ac­cord­ing to care min­is­ter Jackie Doyle-Price, they shouldn’t re­gard their prop­er­ties as ‘ an as­set to give to their off­spring’, but some­thing to be milked for care fees.

Have min­is­ters learnt noth­ing from the elec­tion de­ba­cle, when they let Labour paint their care pol­icy as a ‘de­men­tia tax’?

Even though she was swiftly dis­owned by No10, Miss Doyle-Price’s words al­lowed Jeremy Cor­byn to pose as a de­fender of the fam­ily home – when of course home­own­ers would end up pay­ing Labour’s tax bills.

Yes, Bri­tain’s so­cial care sys­tem is des­per­ately short of funds, the re­sult of post-war gov­ern­ments of every colour putting Na­tional In­sur­ance money into the Trea­sury pot. And yes, fix­ing it may well re­quire the bet­ter off to con­trib­ute more to the costs of their own care.

But if the Tories think the an­swer is to de­clare war on their core sup­port­ers – and crush the as­pi­ra­tions of mil­lions of mid­dle­class Bri­tons – they have truly lost their mar­bles.

YES­TER­DAY Stephen Glover de­scribed in this pa­per how in 2014 the BBC de­ceived its read­ers by pour­ing scorn on re­ports there would be a flood of mi­grants from Ro­ma­nia and Bul­garia. So the ONS re­port show­ing more than 400,000 from these coun­tries now live in the UK was the per­fect chance to set the record straight. Yet for all our ef­forts, the Mail can find no record of the re­port on BBC news bul­letins or its vast web­site. What a sur­prise!

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