Something bigger is happening here than the usual Punch v Judy. Kevin Farnsworth, a social scientist at the University of York, has put the manifestos for the two main parties from every election since 1945 through a cutting-edge piece of software – then asked it to assess how alike they were in concepts and phrases. The result? The Conservative manifesto is closer to Labour’s than at any point since the second world war.
Rhetoric as a guide to policy. Yep, good on that. Sadly, I can’t see the research itself. Which is a pity really. As it was Farnsworth who told us that depreciation allowances were a subsidy to corporations, recall?
Interestingly, something also flagged up by Chakrabortty. Are these two getting it on or something?