Election 2017: Day 32: Strong and Stable U-Turns Means Things Have Changed

Some things are too hot to touch
The human mind can only stand so much
You can’t win with a losing hand

“Nothing has changed!!” Theresa cried, her composure cracking under the strain of unvetted questioning from journalists. “How so?,” the journalists responded in their lunchtime live-blogs as the Conservative Party performed a historic U-Turn on its Social Care funding policy, less than a week after announcing it as part of their manifesto launch in Halifax.

Though this election hasn’t been complete devoid of interest so far – Theresa May attended a birthday party in the middle of a forest in rural Scotland, Jeremy Corbyn appeared at a music concert at Tranmere Rover’s Prenton Park, and also on Scarborough Beach, and Tim Farron opened a bridge in his Westmoreland Constituency – the wide polling gap between the Conservatives and Labour has largely robbed the election of some of the zest seen in a closely fought battle.

To quote Bob Dylan, “Things have changed,” and in a fundamental way: having discreetly dropped the “Strong and Stable Leadership” branding in favour of “Team Theresa,” the Conservatives will have to think up a new strategy to paper over the cracks of this historic blunder. Sir David Butler, who knows more about General Elections than most, was probably right when he tweeted that he couldn’t remember a U-turn on this scale – or much that could be called a U-turn at all.

What the social care policy issue does demonstrate is that the “personality” constructed around Theresa May is not as indomitable as the media and the Conservative Party have been making out. This lady is for turning, and a considerable number of degrees at that. Jeremy Corbyn might be wise to reconsider his appearance on the ITV Leaders debate, now that Conservatives aren’t quite so far out of range.

People are crazy and times are strange
I’m locked in tight, I’m out of range
I used to care, but things have changed

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