Swire: how to say one thing and mean another

His newspaper submission. As he’s doung a Theresa May and refusing to appear at hustings, it’s all we have to go on.

My main concentration if re-elected would be to support the Government in its Brexit negotiations [he was a Remainer] .

The next five years are the most challenging that Britain has faced in my lifetime. Brexit will define us as a nation [no it won’t WE define ourselves as a nation] .

It will define our place in the world, our economic security and our future prosperity. For that we need a clear plan and stable leadership [er, Owl thinks May has already scotched that one!].

We also need to lock in the economic progress we have made already Massively increased debt, lowest growth rate in Europe, devalued pound] because a successful economy is the key to a successful nation; it means you can help those left behind [by cutting benefits for the old and the vulnerable], you can build better schools and hospitals [whilst following plans to privatise, close hospitals and sell them off and cutting school funds – how do you do that exactly?], look after the elderly [by closing community hospitals and the dementia tax”] .

Locally, we need to work closely with NHS providers as it moves towards a new model of care [privatising, closing hospitals without other options being in place] to cope with an ever increasing ageing population and to protect our beautiful environment by importing EU protections then tailoring them to fit our own special requirements [right! we all know what that means!]

Vote for this man at your peril!

2 thoughts on “Swire: how to say one thing and mean another

  1. I believe Swire may be having one meeting- chaired by Darryl Nicholas whose conflict of interest as a public affairs manager for the NEW Devon Commissioning Group has frequently meant him having to absent himself from health discussions at meetings. That’s going to be really helpful!!!!! Wise choice Mr Swire-can only guess why.

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  2. Here is my own take on Hugo’s pontifications:

    As the Owl says, he is “doing a Theresa May” and refusing to appear at hustings, so this is all we have to go on to understand his views and values and what (if anything) he will do for us, the voters of East Devon IF he is reelected. [In square brackets are my comments, comparing what he says now to what he has said and voted on previously and filling in the gaps where necessary.]

    HUGO says: “My main concentration if re-elected would be to support the Government in its Brexit negotiations.”

    I say: Hugo was a Remainer before the referendum – now apparently he has no independent thoughts and will vote as directed by Theresa May – so no change there.

    Hugo says: “The next five years are the most challenging that Britain has faced in my lifetime. Brexit will define us as a nation.”

    Owl says: “we define ourselves as a nation”.

    I say: A bad Brexit deal (or worse still no Brexit deal) will certainly define our economic circumstances for a generation.

    Hugo says: “It will define our place in the world, our economic security and our future prosperity. For that we need a clear plan and stable leadership.”

    I say: Hugo is clinging onto Theresa May’s coattails by parotting her “Strong and Stable Leadership” sound-bite. But most people will agree that a fundamental element of Leadership is to be visible and accountable, not doing u-turns and hiding away like a frightened rabbit. When Theresa May refuses to debate with Jeremy Corbyn it demonstrates a lack of belief in their ability to defend their record. And what does this say about Hugo Swire who is emulating Theresa May by running scared himself, refusing to debate with Claire Wright at hustings, refusing to answer questions about his own record as an MP and minister!.

    Hugo says: “We also need to lock in the economic progress we have made already because a successful economy is the key to a successful nation; it means you can help those left behind, you can build better schools and hospitals, look after the elderly.”

    I say: How can you claim economic progress when:
    1. The budget deficit has doubled since 2010 under the Conservatives;
    2. Our growth rate is below most other countries in Europe;
    3. And this is despite making massive cuts to public services which have hurt the most vulnerable in our society.

    I also say: How can you claim to help those left behind or deliver better education when you have already made massive cuts to these areas – promising a little more money is just a ploy to pretend that the massive cuts already made haven’t happened.

    I also say: Hugo voted for the Health and Social Care Act 2012 which is the root cause of many of the issues with the NHS and social care. So to make ANY claim for Conservatives improving health or social care is just rank hypocrisy.

    Hugo says: Locally, we need to work closely with NHS providers as it moves towards a new model of care to cope with an ever increasing ageing population.

    I say: A very significant cause of almost problems in the NHS is Conservative dogma for an “NHS market” which has diverted between £10bn and £30bn PER YEAR into hugely expensive administration. Imagine what could be done if that money was spent on front-line care. This money is sufficient to cover ALL the deficits in NHS trusts in the UK and have some left over.

    I would be interested to know if Hugo can name a single part of the NHS that is not currently in crisis?

    The Conservatives have NEVER BEEN OPEN AND TRANSPARENT about their plans for NHS privatisation. However Hugo’s comment clearly indicates that HE IS IN FAVOUR of further privatisation. The future of the NHS will be decided by the result of this election – if the Conservatives are returned to government, I predict that the NHS will be fully privatised within two years.

    Hugo says: [We need to] to protect our beautiful environment by importing EU protections then tailoring them to fit our own special requirements.

    I say: Hugo will vote in Parliament (as he has always done – he is desperate to get another ministerial job, and that will never happen if he votes against the Whip) exactly as he is told to by the government. If the government decides to trash environmental regulations to make the UK more competitive at the cost of our environment in order to mitigate the economic effects, I can’t imagine Hugo voting against it.

    My summary: The Conservative Party is the party PAID FOR BY THE RICH (donors – many of whom are not even British) FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE RICH (tax cuts for the wealthiest – who already benefit from tax avoidance schemes and already pay a much lower overall rate of tax than most of us). Hugo is rich. Most Conservative MPs are rich. The media moguls are RICH – hence the media bias.

    For me Britishness is about democracy, fairness, compassion for the needy, integrity, honesty. The Conservatives have trashed all of these – I no longer recognise Britain as being British because of their behaviour. (Ask and I can provide countless examples to back this statement up.)

    I was a lifelong Tory voter before 2015 – I will NEVER vote Tory again. They are truly the NASTY PARTY for the RICH MINORITY.

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