- On the issues of the past he has, for example, abandoned the
patient’s passport and has today repudiated Mrs Thatcher’s stance on
sanctions against South Africa.
- In terms of preparing for the future he has emphasised global warming
and is about to visit the emerging supereconomy of India (the economy will, after all, always be an election issue).
In ConservativeHome’s final look at the ICM poll for The Taxpayers’
Alliance we spotlight some of the ‘hard facts’ that may come to
dominate tomorrow’s electoral landscape. These ‘hard facts’ were the
basis of some of the TPA polling:
- Violent crime is seven times higher than in 1960.
- Three times more people claim Incapacity Benefit than did in 1980 – nearly three million people.
- Many countries in Asia and elsewhere are strengthening free markets, courts, and education systems and are growing fast.
- A quarter of kids now leave school unable to read properly.
- We spend the same as Germany and France on health but the NHS has bigger waiting lists than Germany and France put together.
- The EU and European Courts can make laws for Britain that affect
the economy, crime, immigration and terror regardless of what the
British people want or how they vote.
- A recent poll for The Times found that over 100,000 Muslims in Britain think of the 7/7 bombers as “martyrs” who were justified.
My own list of ‘hard facts’ would additionally include nuclear proliferation, the
increasing portability of devastating weaponry, the demographic
timebomb and the ways in which technologies might soon be able to
engineer human beings.