by derekdeedman on 15 August, 2015
“Heartbreakingly, week after week, we’ve seen the Tories roll back the tides on a whole raft of policies that we blocked in government.
These changes are deeply unwise, deeply unfair and horribly divisive.
On the environment, David Cameron is now free to be every bit as good as his word, and, with a massive downgrade of the agenda that the Lib Dems championed in coalition, he absolutely has. So, we have already seen ten key environmental policies, developed by consensus over many years, watered down or completely scrapped.
With the UK’s housing stock already responsible for almost a third of our greenhouse gas emissions, the last policy puts it on course to rise to more than half by 2050. It’s hard to see the upside. Sadly, we have seen this bull-headed, unscientific approach spreading through government departments like wildfire.
So, we have a home secretary committed to bringing back the snooper’s charter that we blocked in government. And that is despite the findings of the Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation that deemed its plans to retain everyone’s internet browsing logs – a move unprecedented across the Western world – as “undemocratic, unnecessary and in the long run intolerable”.
We have a prime minister intent on scrapping the Human Rights Act, despite little information on what it would be replaced with, other than “a common sense approach” which to many of us, including large numbers in his own party, sounds frankly terrifying.
We have a Chancellor who wants to cull £20billion from Whitehall budgets with no clear vision for what public services will remain after departments have had their budgets slashed by up to 40%. And a health secretary who has silently – and without consultation or parliamentary account -kicked the cap on social care costs due to come in next year into the long grass.”
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