Theresa May has been forced into an embarrassing U-turn over her ‘dementia tax’. Although older people will still have savings and assets taken away from them to fund social care. There’s just potentially going to be a cap on how much that will be. A cap which May allegedly planned all along, but which wasn’t mentioned in her manifesto and still hasn’t been given a figure. Despite the fact that she is the one who called this unexpected election.
As a result of this absolute mess, many people are making very similar jokes about our current PM’s alleged strength and stability:
Nothing like a strong and stable U-turn. https://t.co/YDfDlktYUm
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) May 22, 2017
Is Theresa May about to announce U-turn on social care? Would that make her strong and stable, or weak and wobbly? pic.twitter.com/bdPqDzYuRk
— Michael Crick (@MichaelLCrick) May 22, 2017
The right are also picking up on this display of weakness and instability:
U-turn on the budget and now a U-turn on the manifesto. This lady is for turning.
— Nigel Farage (@Nigel_Farage) May 22, 2017
— George Osborne (@George_Osborne) May 22, 2017
Another key complaint is honesty. Despite the fact that, just last week, The Daily Mail wrote on its front page: “at last, a PM not afraid to be honest with you”.
— Owen Jones🌹 (@OwenJones84) May 22, 2017
After PM's u-turn on social care:
– still no idea what cap on care costs will be
– you still lose more if you die from dementia than cancer
— Jessica Elgot (@jessicaelgot) May 22, 2017
Trouble with Tory u-turns is they're just as likely to u-turn on their previous u-turn as they are to u-turn on their subsequent u-turn.
— Hajo Meyer's Violin (@WarmongerHodges) May 22, 2017
Other people are pointing out that it’s unsurprising that May is too scared to stand up for her own policy. This being from a leader who avoids meeting the public, refuses to face the leader of the opposition, and refuses to give us a real account of who she is beyond meaningless slogans.
Theresa May's never fought for anything – except her own career. Spineless & terrified – not fit to govern Britain
— Paul Mason (@paulmasonnews) May 22, 2017
Laura Kuenssberg tells Theresa May her social care U-turn "looks like panic in the face of the opposition".
— Kevin Schofield (@PolhomeEditor) May 22, 2017
And people also aren’t forgetting the role the media must play in not letting May off the hook with this:
Dear journalists, you let the Tories get away with not costing their manifesto. It's your job to make them say how much the u-turn will cost
— Alex Nunns (@alexnunns) May 22, 2017
— Aaron Bastani (@AaronBastani) May 22, 2017
Wrong and unable
This election is showing the country what people who follow politics have known for a while. May is not cut out to be Prime Minister. She refuses to answer questions. She U-turns. And she blames others for her mistakes; in this latest instance blaming Jeremy Corbyn for pointing out the problems with her manifesto that she’s trying to spin her way out of.
It’s important that we see this U-turn for what it is. An attempt to minimise bad publicity while maintaining a policy that will penalise people for becoming old and in need of care.
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