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      ‘Cosplaying Liz Truss’: Rishi Sunak condemned for £17bn tax giveaway

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Yesterday - 18:40

    Critics say funding of Tory manifesto’s policies is ‘implausible’ and they would mainly benefit wealthier voters

    Rishi Sunak has unveiled a £17bn tax giveaway as the centrepiece of the Conservative manifesto, an offer that was immediately condemned for being “implausible” and mainly benefiting wealthier voters.

    The policy programme set out by the prime minister, seen by many Tory MPs as probably the party’s last big chance to win over voters, contained few big surprises and was centred around cuts to national insurance and stamp duty, higher thresholds for child benefit and help for pensioners.

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      Rish!’s bargain-basement manifesto offers anything you want if you just vote Tory | John Crace

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Yesterday - 16:49

    Don’t like foreigners? Flights to Rwanda would start in July. Don’t like the ECHR? We could rip up international treaties

    Round and round in circles. The wheels coming off. Skid marks everywhere. Crashing out at the first corner. Getting lapped. Stalled at the start. The pits. Burning up fossil fuels. Mired in sex scandals. You can write your own jokes here.

    Someone in Conservative headquarters must really have it in for Rishi Sunak. Either that or Isaac Levido and James Forsyth are secret Labour stooges. Why else would the Tories have chosen Silverstone as the venue for their manifesto launch? Surely someone must have foreseen what was coming. Or maybe everyone is now just along for the rollercoaster ride. Leaning into the mother of all car crashes.

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      With this half-hearted, delusional manifesto, Rishi Sunak has all but given up | Martin Kettle

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Yesterday - 16:10

    It would take a political genius to rescue the Tories now. Instead they have a leader more suited to churning out quarterly reports

    Election manifestos are never going to qualify as works of poetry. Only a small proportion of voters will ever read them. Even the politicians will soon forget them. But manifestos matter all the same. They are a proffered contract to the electorate, in which a political party sets a direction and outlines its priorities in return for the voters’ support. At least in theory, the manifesto offers an electoral setting for overarching visions and for big ideas.

    Rishi Sunak launched his 2024 election manifesto at Silverstone today with the claim that only the Conservatives have the big ideas that will make Britain a better place. But the Conservative manifesto turns out to be a negation of that claim. Sunak’s notion of a big idea is a politically impoverished and impoverishing one. For him, the promise of a 2p national insurance cut counts as a big idea. This is an accountant’s vision of political campaigning and not the vision of a national leader.

    Martin Kettle is a Guardian columnist

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      More tax cuts, fewer green policies: key takeaways from the Tories’ manifesto

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Yesterday - 14:35

    Signs of Sunak trying to head off Farage threat are obvious with lengthy sections on net zero and gender identity

    The 80 pages of the Conservative election manifesto are here , and while there was not much unexpected policy-wise, the document and Rishi Sunak’s launch speech did provide some clues as to the party’s strategy and direction. Here are some key points.

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      Sunak urges voters not to give Starmer ‘blank cheque’ as he launches Tory manifesto

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Yesterday - 12:09

    Prime minister promises series of tax cuts but his party’s election policies contain little in the way of surprises

    Rishi Sunak has urged voters to not hand Keir Starmer a “blank cheque” as he launched a Conservative manifesto that promised a series of tax cuts but contained little in the way of surprises.

    “Do not forget that Keir Starmer is asking you to hand him a blank cheque, when he hasn’t said what he’ll buy with it, or how much it’s going to cost you,” the prime minister said in a heavily Labour-focused speech at Silverstone racetrack in Northamptonshire.

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      Rishi Sunak to publish Tory manifesto as party ads warn of Labour getting ‘massive’ majority’ – UK politics live

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Yesterday - 08:26

    Conservative manifesto expected to announce cut in national insurance and measures to help people buy homes

    Good morning. Rishi Sunak is publishing the Conservative party’s manifesto later, and there is some reasonably positive coverage in some of the right-leaning papers this morning.

    The Express is splashing on Sunak’s plan for a further 2p cut in national insurance.

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      After D-day blunder, Sunak surfaces in West Sussex seeking cake and forgiveness

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Yesterday - 06:00

    PM resumes embattled campaign in Home Counties garden centre with large servings of humble pie

    Holding a tray groaning with slabs of lemon drizzle and carrot cake, Rishi Sunak admitted that the toll of the election campaign had caused him to break his discipline of fasting every Monday.

    “That’s out the window,” the prime minister joked on his first day back on the campaign trail after being forced to apologise for missing a crucial part of the D-day commemorations. He was surviving on pure sugar now, he said, stashing bags of Haribo Tangfastics and giant chocolate buttons on the Conservative battlebus.

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      Rightwing Tories plan ‘rebel manifesto’ if Sunak’s policy launch falls flat

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · 2 days ago - 22:35

    Party figures including Braverman and Jenrick waiting to see how public responds to pledges, insiders say

    Conservative rightwingers are planning to present Rishi Sunak with demands for tougher action on immigration and human rights law before the election if the prime minister’s manifesto promises on Tuesday fall flat.

    Prominent party figures including Suella Braverman and Robert Jenrick are said by Tory insiders to be among those waiting to see how the manifesto is received by the public before they act.

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