An angry voter absolutely slayed Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson on the so-called ‘Dementia Tax’ on 22 May. And in yet another instance of a Conservative minister avoiding discourse with the local people, Johnson fled the scene at speed.
Grant Curnow told Johnson:
Go pick on some pensioners somewhere else. We’ll look after ours.
May watered down the Dementia Tax earlier in the day after condemnation from the media, the political class, and the general public. Theresa May will still take away elderly people’s assets to fund their social care. But she announced that there will be a cap on the value of assets taken.
In Cornwall, Cunrow began confronting Johnson as he posed for photos with St Ives Tory candidate Derek Thomas:
As Johnson swiftly headed towards his chauffeur, Cunrow called out May’s many U-turns:
Do you really think Theresa May, who does U-turn after U-turn – who’s actually done one again today, is gonna do the right thing?
And Cunrow has a point. In a speech in Wrexham earlier in the day, May lambasted the “hysterical warnings” of opposition MPs over Brexit. Even though she supported the Remain campaign herself just a year ago.
The incumbent Prime Minister’s hard Brexit stance sits among her many U-turns. Among a catalogue of anti-Brexit statements, May expressed doubt over a post-Brexit deal with the EU:
It is not clear why other EU member states would give Britain a better deal than they themselves enjoy.
Leaving the EU presents us with a world of opportunities and I am determined to seize them.
Whatever your view on Brexit, the Conservative leader’s inconsistency means people like Cunrow find it difficult to believe her. Here are a number of other key issues May has U-turned on since becoming Prime Minister less than a year ago:
- Announcing an increase in national insurance, after the 2015 Conservative manifesto ruled that out.
- Taking in 3,000 refugee children. May’s government took in just 350 before changing its mind.
- Publishing the number of foreign workers a company has. Barely a week later, May U-turned on the dog-whistle policy.
Former Lib Dem MP praised
Conrow also praised the Lib Dem candidate for St Ives, Andrew George, during the confrontation:
Andrew George is a much better bet
As Boris Johnson was bundled away from scrutiny, Cunrow called out the Conservatives’ record. And when they can’t debate Jeremy Corbyn, deliver on a promise, or discuss issues with the electorate, voters are understandably asking: how on earth are they going to negotiate with the EU?
– The deadline to register to vote in the 8 June general election is 23:59 on 22 May.
– Discuss the key policy issues with family members, colleagues and neighbours. And organise! Join (and participate in the activities of) a union, an activist group, and/or a political party.
– Also read more Canary articles on the 2017 general election.
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