‘How do we get the environment and catastrophic climate change onto the agenda of the parties’
Via email, Teresa Belton asks:
Why is the looming environmental crisis not included as one of five great challenges facing the country? Does the Tory party not consider the many destructive impacts of climate change (crop failure, flooding, heatwaves, high winds, health effects, water shortage, ocean acidification, biodiversity loss, etc) to be issues to be urgently addressed – even for the sake of the
I worry about this. How do we get the environment and catastrophic climate change onto the real agenda of the parties, not just as token nod, an afterthought?
The problem seems to be that it is so big, so global, so permanent, so frightening that politicians can only think about it now and then, glancingly. We commentators too find it difficult to write about every week, in every column – which we should if we wrote according to the importance of the topic. But that means saying the same thing over and over – so, as today, I write about interesting changes to paying for social care, a minuscule issue in comparison. George Monbiot is the hero, for never letting go, and finding new ways to write it, and renewed outrage.
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We’ve also been collecting some questions from Guardian Members via email. Martin Perrie asks:
Is there room in British politics today for a centre right, economically liberal point of view? I mean the view of the FT, the Economist, and probably orange book Lib Dems and the George Osborne part of the Tories.
Elections are strange times, when parties dress up in one another’s clothes. Theresa May bids to be a new kind of Conservative – or possibly a throw-back to a more decent Macmillanite type. But in the end, by their budgets we shall know them. May could well be the sort of centre-right you suggest. She has relaxed the deficit timetable, but the same austerity agenda grips her that had Osborne cutting and cutting savagely.
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The Conservative party launched its election manifesto on Thursday, with Theresa May setting out her party’s ambitions at an event in West Yorkshire.
The prime minister said she was presenting a “new contract between government and people” and some commentators suggested this was a clear attempt to break with past Tory thinking and to “redefine modern Conservatism”.
But others voiced alarm over proposals on social care and a refashioned “death tax” – with Jeremy Corbyn saying the party was “ditching pensioners”.
What do you think? Join Guardian writers Polly Toynbee, Rafael Behr and Martin Kettle to discuss the key points and debate some of the policy promises and what they may mean for voters on Friday between 11am and 1pm (BST).