May­ism: the art of eva­sion?

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Peo­ple have been ask­ing whether there is a “May ism ”, as there was a Thatcherism. As far as I can see, May­ism isn’t an ide­ol­ogy, it’s a trick of lan­guage – care­ful and vague prom­ises.

Gram­mar schools may be for good for every child, or they may not; NHS in­vest­ment may be new money, or it may not. We may get mi­grant work­ers down and the de­fence bud­get up–or not. Pen­sion­ers may suf­fer, school pupils do well on free break­fast rather than lunch, the just-about-man­ag­ing feel bet­ter un­der Tory in­come taxes – but don’t quote me. B rex it maybe hard or soft, but don’t bet on ei­ther.

Thatcher was iron, May is mer­cury. If Cor­byn does half of what he says, he’ll still be do­ing bet­ter than Theresa May.



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