Hop­ing res­ig­na­tion speech brings clar­ity

Gloucestershire Echo - - NEWS - Shaun Shute Glouces­ter

✒ HOW many fi­nal nails can a Tory cof­fin take?

The loss of more than 1300 Tory coun­cil­lors can only be de­scribed as cat­a­strophic.

Yet Theresa May did de­scribe the elec­tion night as have be­ing “dif­fi­cult”.

Well she cer­tainly is hav­ing dif­fi­culty putting to­gether her res­ig­na­tion speech.

I do hope that when it fi­nally ar­rives it con­tains some clar­ity - some­thing that has been sorely miss­ing from her stint as PM.

Dur­ing the Welsh Tory Party Con­fer­ence it was left to a heck­ler to sum up the at­ti­tude of the vot­ing pub­lic when he said “Re­sign-we don’t want you.”

Later, Mr Davies a for­mer ma­jor of Llan­gollen who de­scribed him­self as a life­long Con­ser­va­tive said, “I’m fu­ri­ous at what she has done to our party. If she’s given a choice she al­ways picks the wrong choice.”

Mean­while at the Scot­tish Tory Party Con­fer­ence, Sa­jid Javid, the Home Sec­re­tary, said the Tories are seen as a di­vided party and risk be­ing locked out of power for “a gen­er­a­tion” from the next gen­eral elec­tion. Well lets hope so.

Else­where, Damian Green, close ad­vi­sor to Mrs May, says the over-50s should pay an ex­tra £300 a year in Na­tional In­sur­ance to fund their care in old age. It seems peo­ple who have worked hard and paid their way are to be pun­ished in their twi­light years in­stead of be­ing able to en­joy their re­tire­ment.

Lets be clear the rea­son the Con­ser­va­tive Govern­ment ex­pect the al­ready hard-pressed tax pay­ers to fill the £2.75bil­lion fund­ing gap is be­cause of their sav­age cuts to lo­cal coun­cil bud­gets.

Yet the as­tro­nom­i­cal cost to tax pay­ers of fund­ing Tri­dent goes un­ques­tioned.

Also the Govern­ment needs to start tax­ing rich in­di­vid­u­als and cor­po­ra­tions at a fairer rate.

It used to be said that if you up­set the pen­sion­ers you lose the elec­tion.

Putting Brexit aside up­set­ting the pen­sion­ers may well have been part of the rea­son the Tories were re­cently on the end of their worst elec­tion re­sults in 25 years.

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