Tuesday, 16 May 2017


It looks as if the Lib Dem manifesto is to be released some time tomorrow. There will be few surprises, because the main points have been extensively trailed (see https://www.facebook.com/aberavonandneathlibdems/ and the local party web-site). Apart from a welcome boost to health and policing, the emphasis is on the future and youth.

That is a contrast with the Labour manifesto whose USP is a return to 1964, though we are spared a commitment to renationalise steel. (There is, however, an intriguing suggestion that a Corbyn government would adopt a land value tax, an old Liberal policy.) Some people would welcome natural monopolies being taken back into public ownership, but Messrs. Corbyn and McDonnell have almost certainly underestimated the cost of doing so and overestimated the take from their tax proposals.

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