Parties promise less austerity but little more on devolution

By Michael Burton | 24 May 2017

Last week’s party manifestos had a common theme, that the complaints of the ‘left behind’ (as dubbed by Conservatives) or ‘the many, not the few’ (as termed by Labour) who upset the political apple cart by voting Brexit must be heard.

So, Labour’s manifesto promised the earth, paid for by the denigrated wealthy ‘few’ while the Tories pledged more intervention on pension funds and top pay. The Liberal Democrats backed a 1p rise in income tax ringfenced to health and care.

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