Searches online for the main two Manifestos arrive at
Labour’s slightly quicker than the Conservatives – and you can then download pdf
information for normal people.’
particularly from the Conservatives, is their American approach to selling
their ideas. You speak for several minutes on the benefits of what you are
offering, but refuse to let on what, exactly, you are offering that will produce
those benefits. You get this a lot with American selling of personal development programmes. Half an hour of how great the programme is and what wonderful
benefits you will receive, and how you will be much richer, in every way, by
the end of the course. At the very end, it offers a single payment option of $500
or 4 payments of only $125 each. But of course, there are no guarantees that
the programme will live up to its hype, or enable you to earn back your money in
the first year of putting the training into practice.
You speak for several minutes on the benefits of what you are offering, but refuse to let on what, exactly, you are offering that will produce those benefits.
If nothing else, one thing we have all learnt about
Politics and Politicians, of any side, is that you cannot believe promises made
to get into power and you cannot believe monetary figures relating to how things will be paid for. The
truth is, that no politicians can know for certain, exact figures. Everything
is based on positive projections of best possible outcomes – not on what is in
the vaults. Having worked in a number of organisations over the years, I have lost count of the times that bids were won on low outlay promises, but once won, suddenly required additional support to continue. Those that put in more realistic [higher] bids, often lost out. As another friend once said: ‘Better to ask for forgiveness, than beg for permission.’
The remit laid out in the Conservative Manifesto is impressive in its scope and breadth and if I were to accept it at face value, I’d certainly be tempted to vote for them. However, it is promising much more than can reasonably be achieved or delivered – given that the past few years of essentially Conservative led governance has failed to come close to achieving most of the promises now being re-presented in new wrapping. Having been trained in secondary teaching, at the time of the introduction of the then new ‘National Curriculum’, the aims and objectives were both noble and encouraging. However, the reality, once at the cutting edge of the classroom, left much to be desired.
coming UK Election, ignore the focus on glamorous spin; forget talk of where
money is going to come from; and do not get groomed into thinking that the
slickest presentation is going to give you the best desired outcomes. In addition to taking the time to consider, first hand, the Manifesto pledges, go with your
gut instinct and your heart. If something sounds too good to be true, on either side, then it most likely is. The time for easily conjured statistics and manufactured ‘rational’ argument, has passed in this country. There are too many disconnected public opinions to wade through and both camps will argue for their own truths with immovable conviction.
Read through the Manifestos carefully
and make sure you understand fully, what is being said and offered. If necessary, shut
yourself in a silent room without distractions of people, newspapers, mobile smart devices, and
television, and see which Manifesto produces the clarity you are really looking
for and consider the implications of your choice, both for yourself and for society as a whole. Ask more questions, do some further research on and off line, if you need greater clarity. Ask yourself this question: What do I believe and why?
Now might also be the time to recall the expression, ‘a Leopard cannot change its spots’, when you read through these Manifestos. You may justifiably reflect on some of the woes of the previous Labour Government, but also bear in mind, that the Conservatives have now had a considerable amount of time to improve many of the things they are now talking about improving. Why have we not already seen some indication of these ‘improvements’, at street level? Despite their protestations, our society is showing a lot of cracks at present. A lot of those infamous ‘hard working families’ have not seen measurable improvements in their circumstances for several years and many young people are struggling to start out on their own. If you really feel you can say, ‘sure there have been improvements’, then how long has it taken thus far, and by a process of considered extrapolation, how long do you realistically expect it to take, to reach the final promised outcomes?
The current Government talks about delivering its promises, and perhaps at a country level of ‘holding our heads above water’, this has some truth. However, where it needs to be felt, at domestic street and home level, it is evidently not being felt.
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Corporation tax should instead be given directly to community and social causes within Britain
We must also accept, that not every member of our society has the same capabilities. You cannot say to an Elephant, that all animals should be able to climb trees, to prove their worth to the rest of the animal kingdom.
Anyway… good luck, and may you get the Government you truly deserve!