Cllr Peter Philip Smith considers the unravelling of the Tory party.
The Tories, once a yawning 20 points ahead in the polls, are being brought back down to earth with a reality check.
In short, they are getting found out and their rancid chickens are coming home to roost. Theresa May’s motto should: This lady is for turning.
Firstly, there was the ill-judged 1% rise in NI contribution for the self-employed. Yes, hammer them, Theresa, whilst the big guns, Google, Facebook, Amazon, Starbucks and the rest pay next to naff all.
Quite rightly, they had to u-turn there. But that was nothing compared to what was coming.
Social Care is reaching a crisis point in this country. A combination of an ageing population and also a population growing out-of-control are the main causes, so what are the Tories doing about it?
Rather than redress the wealth gap – the difference between the very rich and the rest of us in this country is widening every day, more than ever, the Tories are going to punish the rest of this.
So, from now, if you need Social Care, you have to pay for it out of your estate but, don’t worry, you can keep £100,000 of it. That can be handed down, that’s a “tidy sum”.
How patronising and, of course, unfair that is. So, in their self-induced panic, the government suddenly going to introduce a cap, but they won’t tell us how much it will be.
A cap is even more unfair
This will actually make things worse, even more unfair! Let’s say the cap will be £100,000. Someone leaving an estate worth £200,000 will leave £100,000 to their heirs; 50%. But someone leaving £10m will leave £9.9m, 99%.
Not too much to lose, is it, and, of course, Inheritance Tax is more like an ‘Involuntary Tax’ when you’ve got a few bob. Just ask the Duke of Westminster’s son, left £9 billion and not a penny of Inheritance tax to pay!
As usual, the lower and middle classes get whalloped again.
By the way, there’s nothing wrong with having wealth, even great wealth, but c’mon, lets have a sesne of fair play.
UKIP’s solution to the crisis
UKIP would undo the criminal Social Care cuts implemented by the Tories and put the money straight back in. We would certainly not approve this proposed Social Care policy for the Tories!