What the editorials said
“What a difference a year makes,” said the Daily Mail. May addressed the last Tory conference from “a position of seemingly unassailable strength”. Now she and the Tories are barely clinging to power. The PM’S priority in Manchester this week was simply “survival”, said The Guardian – and, given her party’s “deep instincts of selfpreservation and discipline”, she may yet get her wish. Whether she deserves to survive, however, is another matter.
The Tories are rightly worried about their lack of support among the young, said The Times. Their problem extends far beyond students: at the last election, the crossover age at which voters were more likely to vote Tory than Labour was 47, according to Yougov research. The party is now trying to tackle this demographic “time bomb”, but it has chosen some “odd” policies. The modest tweaks to tuition fees are unlikely to make much difference. As for expanding Help to Buy, this scheme helps a few people, but drives up prices for everyone by boosting demand. It’s far more important to increase the supply of homes, said The Sunday Times. “A housebuilding revolution was the making of Harold Macmillan. It should be Mrs May’s domestic priority.”