By Steve Parkhurst, Senior Editor, USDR.
Looking at the news and opinion out of London each day.
It is good that election campaigning will resume on Monday, after being suspended following Saturday night’s atrocities. The issues raised by both the Manchester and London outrages ought to affect one’s vote. They are central to our future as a free country.
The Prime Minister proposed four steps to take on and defeat our enemies and their ideology.
With the general election only a few days away, Theresa May is to be congratulated on her uncompromising remarks following yet another Islamist-inspired terrorist attack on the UK.
For those not directly affected by the Manchester Arena attack, life had begun to return to normal. For many, this normal meant enjoying the sunshine and warm evenings of a weekend in June. For politicians, this was the national campaigning of the TV debates – in its most partisan, point-scoring splendour on Question Time on Friday – and the local campaigning of door-knocking and leafleting.
There is a concerted effort this morning to suggest that it is business as usual. This isn’t good enough. Voters deserve a sober examination of the choices.
There is a well buried secret in the Conservative Manifesto. It says the government will raise the Income Tax threshold to £12,500 by 2020, and will increase the threshold before you pay 40% higher rate tax to £50,000 by 2020.
The parties that might form a coalition behind Mr Corbyn if enough people voted that way are good at offering to spend lots of other people’s money. There is a rivalry between Labour, the Greens, the Lib Dems and the SNP to see who can offer most for popular causes. They are much weaker when it comes to explaining how all this extra money would be paid for.
As we write, the Conservatives are still set for a win on Thursday, but there is risk of further slippage – unless key voters can be persuaded that Corbyn will crash the car.