Our panel responds to the Conservatives' bold election proposalsby Prospect Team / April 14, 2015 / Leave a comment
David Cameron delivered a stirring speech at a Swindon school today to launch his party’s manifesto, which he said was best summed up in one phrase: “a brighter, more secure future for you and your family.”
The full document is available to read here, but below we’ve drawn out some key points and gathered snap responses from our expert panel.
What are the Tories promising?
“My advice to Cameron is to pick up urgently some of the lessons from… tough times, and staple them to ideas about a more optimistic—and yes, compassionate—conservatism that he was once well placed to offer voters.” So wrote the Conservative commentator and activist Tim Mongtomerie in a recent piece for Prospect, and today Cameron did just that. The Conservative manifesto, titled Strong Leadership, a Clear Economic Plan, a Brighter, More Secure Future treads a careful path between insisting that there is still “work to be done” on reducing the deficit and securing economic stability, while allowing itself to be optimistic about the future with some big offers—an extension of the “right to buy,” no tax on the minimum wage by 2020, 30 hours of free childcare—for the ordinary working voters who often view the Tories with suspicion and mistrust.