Yesterday I received Tory propaganda in the post, along with a questionnaire. They are still repeating their claims that not only will they not cut NHS funding, but they will improve the service. On the face of things this seems like a reasonable proposition, but from the Tories it seems to demonstrate a disturbing lack of arithmetic ability.
The problem is, the Tories insist that they will not increase the deficit. They also claim that they will cut taxes (on rich people at least). How exactly do they propose to reduce government income and increase or maintain government spending without increasing the deficit?
The only solution is for them to cut some other services, but they attempt to gloss over this in the vain hope that people won’t ask how they intend to pay for anything. They make vague and misleading promises and hope that they won’t be caught out.
The simple fact of the matter is that the NHS, and the welfare state, are socialist ideas, and yet no matter how much some Conservatives might want to, they have no hope of ever getting rid of them. The Tories have no choice but to maintain and even improve these embodiments of left-wing principles, because like it or not, people want them. If they were to promise to abolish the NHS and replace it with a US-style system of private healthcare, I suspect that they’d not only be soundly beaten by Labour, but the Liberal Democrats would give them a tough time too; thus, they’re reduced to basing their campaign on not Conservative principles, but Labour ones.