Many of the Corbynite sources we talked to for the forthcoming “British General Election of 2019” raised excessive policy announcements as a problem in the previous Parliament
Attention grabbing policy announcements were seen early on by Corbyn’s LOTO as a reliable lever to pull to get media attention, but were overused during the Parliament.
Things were even worse during the election campaign, with sources from across the Labour spectrum agreeing that a torrent of daily, uncoordinated policy announcements backfired, undermining message coherence and raising doubts about Labour’s credibility
It is therefore perhaps no surprise that Corbyn’s successor has decided that with policy it is possible to have too much of a good thing. Many of Corbyn’s advisors had come to the same conclusion by December 2019
For those interested the book is out in November, you can pre-order here:…

• • •

Missing some Tweet in this thread? You can try to force a refresh

Keep Current with Rob Ford

Rob Ford Profile picture

Stay in touch and get notified when new unrolls are available from this author!

Read all threads

This Thread may be Removed Anytime!


Twitter may remove this content at anytime! Save it as PDF for later use!

Try unrolling a thread yourself!

how to unroll video
  1. Follow @ThreadReaderApp to mention us!

  2. From a Twitter thread mention us with a keyword "unroll"
@threadreaderapp unroll

Practice here first or read more on our help page!

More from @robfordmancs

15 Sep
This is puzzling - Labour ShadCab agreeing the election came the week after the SNP (&LDs) announced their intention to table an early election bill via a front page splash in the Observer
Did the SNP intend to withdraw their support for an early election so soon after very publicly backing it? In which case what was the purpose of the early election bill & front page announcement?
If this was always meant as w feint, why did they not communicate this to Labour earlier? Did they not think their Early Election bill, which shifted the votes needed from two thirds to a simple majority, would impact on Labour’s thinking?
Read 10 tweets
11 Sep
Inclined to complain to @Ofcom about this headline - this level of statistical ignorance, from a journalist of this profile, represents a risk to public health.
I have deleted my original thread on this as I had misunderstood the error Peston made here. It was a different, more subtle error than the one I had assumed. Therefore, I will just let the experts who have been discussing this speak for themselves:
Given the gravity of the issue - vaccine effectiveness - and the prevalence of misinformation and hesitancy, it would really be helpful if @Peston and his team at @itvnews and @itvpeston would take care to speak to experts first before publishing alarmist speculation.
Read 7 tweets
10 Sep
Yes, I find that odd also. Often from the same kind of people who staunchly and regularly oppose anything even resembling "privatisation of the NHS". Why is it right to socialise the risk/costs of a stroke or a heart attack, but not to socialise the risk/costs of dementia?
This incidentally is why I thought Labour was on the right track with ideas of a national care service - if universal, free at the point of use public services are your preferred model, then it is logical to extend that model to social care.
There are other issues with an NCS of course - cost, operability, disruption, centralisation etc etc - but the core point stands - either you socialise a risk or you privatise it. Objections that public social care provision subsidise wealthy home owners assume the latter.
Read 4 tweets
9 Sep
So, I've learned a lot about how the term "progressive" is understood on the left in the last 12 hours or so, which has led me to rethink this. I still think there's a lot of partisan filtering going on here, but its the ambiguities in NI which facilitate it.
I had assumed that "progressive" with regards fiscal policy was generally understood as "redistributive" (i.e. a tax whose net effect is rich pay more, poor pay less). At the household level, that's clearly true of NI as graph below illustrates
However, from my replies it seems there are at least three other definitions of "progressive" taxation: 1. A tax whose rates rise like a staircase across the income distribution 2. A tax where richest pay most 3. A tax whose impacts fall least on the poorest
Read 18 tweets
6 Sep
The anonymous cabinet minister may perhaps want to take a look at the swings against the Conservatives in Surrey in 2019...
Some of his Cabinet colleagues, such as Dominic Raab and Michael Gove, will be well aware of these.
There are actually hard working, home owning nurses and supermarket workers in Surrey too. They don't all live in the Red Wall. And given the age/demographics of the current Conservative vote "we don't want to offer anything to older homeowners" is a strange electoral strategy.
Read 4 tweets
28 Aug
Canadian Conservatives
Read 4 tweets

Did Thread Reader help you today?

Support us! We are indie developers!

This site is made by just two indie developers on a laptop doing marketing, support and development! Read more about the story.

Become a Premium Member ($3/month or $30/year) and get exclusive features!

Become Premium

Too expensive? Make a small donation by buying us coffee ($5) or help with server cost ($10)

Donate via Paypal Become our Patreon

Thank you for your support!

Follow Us on Twitter!