The Labour Party’s manifesto in 1983, when Michael Foot was leader, was famously described as “the longest suicide note in history”. But the next one looks to be an even bigger exercise in self-harm, judging from the last week’s conference.
The flurry of policy announcements was hard to keep up with, but included a second Brexit referendum, zero carbon emissions by 2030, and a fleet of new electric cars for government officials. Oh, and completely open borders, with brand new arrivals entitled to full citizenship, including the right to vote. Each proposal was more doolally than the last.
But the icing on the cake – the ornate signature at the foot of this new suicide note in a red, felt-tipped pen – was the pledge to scrap private schools and confiscate their “endowments, investments and properties”. So not just outlaw several hundred education charities, some of which date back to the 15th Century, but steal all their assets too.
It’s hard to know where to start with this one. (To read more, click here.)