The Liberal Democrat pre-manifesto has been launched. This is a statement of actual party policy, not ideas or speculation. Of course as a pre-manifesto it is a draft and is subject to change, but it should give a good idea as to what we’re about. I’ve not had chance to read any of it yet, but the headline policies seem to me to be very sensible.

I did notice this story about the Tories offering free long term care for the elderly, a policy which on the surface seems to be remarkably similar to one of ours. In the conservative version of the policy in order to qualify, apparently, you have to pay up front into a new kind of government insurance scheme. This is some strange new meaning of the word free I was previously unaware of.


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