The Tories have U-turned on the 'Dementia Tax'
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‘The lady’s not for turning.’ So once said a strong and stable lady. Well, today’s ‘strong and stable’ lady is very much for turning, having scrapped the most controversial of her manifesto commitments. There are a great many reasons I could never survive as a politician. Whilst more than capable of waffling dishonestly (otherwise known as ‘bullshitting’; I study philosophy, after all), I do credit myself with a certain amount of integrity. And I have a sense of humour, which is very much against the rules. That it is a cruel one only adds to my unsuitability. I could not have argued for a Dementia Tax, for example, the reform to adult social care announced in the Conservative Party manifesto four days ago and now euthanised. This is not just because the policy is absurd. Looked at in a certain way, it might even have benefited a large number of poorer pensioners, for the proposal to raise the capital floor to £100,000, and to add the value of their property to the calculation, disproportionately affects those whose estates are worth more. (That things then become exceedingly difficult, with ambiguities over such issues as cohabiting pensioners, inheritance for live-in carers and the like, is testimony to the stunning lack of forethought with which the policy was drafted.)
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