Ritchie’s rather Berlin in 1953:
So austerity, stagnant real wages, growing inequality, universal credit, no house building, the bedroom tax, a 15% decline in the exchange rate since 2016, public services in crisis and record levels of household debt that threaten the stability of his economy are matters on which he and his party are in denial even if they all happened as a result of their policy.
Objectively, most people are worse off now than in 2010. They have worse public services. They have more limited hopes if they can correctly appraise their prospects.
And the Tories are saying nothing at all about what they will do about any of this.
Instead the only talk is of Brexit.
But Brexit was unknown to almost anyone as an idea, let alone an objective, a decade ago.
The truth is that we must have a trade deal with our EU partners, come what may, and eventually will.
And the reality is that of the pressing issues facing this country Brexit comes immeasurably far behind the climate crisis, and yet Johnson is going to refuse to debate that issue.
Objectively, then, the Tories are running a dire campaign. And if opinion polls are anything like right they are winning.
Why is that? It can only be because of media manipulation.
Well, a plurality of the electorate do seem to think that Brexit is important, as the referendum result showed. But isn’t that lovely of Snippa? The people disagree with Snippa, therefore we need a new people.