After a disastrous day for Theresa May in which she was hammered by Jeremy Corbyn over police cuts during PMQs (Prime Minister’s Questions) – and then the Tories voted through further real-terms cuts to police budgets – the Conservatives have been on a desperate (and desperate-looking) smear-offensive to try to limit the damage.
The Tory slurs have centred around Jeremy Corbyn’s voting record on anti-terror laws – blatantly ignoring the fact that Theresa May herself often also voted against them. Here are six occasions when she did so or abstained:
As one Twitter observer pointed out, even the police have denounced Theresa May over police cuts and her claims about them:
Even the police are calling the Tories liars over the cuts…. pic.twitter.com/Hj8oWMB7he
— EL4C (@EL4JC) February 7, 2018
Labour MPs also pointed out the obvious:
Just voted against the govt police grant which means a real terms cut in central govt funding to police forces ( again ) and will mean local police forces have to increase rates pic.twitter.com/s2xYZZXNVw
— David Hanson (@DavidHansonMP) February 7, 2018
When terrorists struck in Manchester and London last year, the Tories were hugely criticised for policing and security cuts – cuts they continued to push even after the attacks.
And today they’ve cut even deeper – in spite of the rising crime figures pointed out by Corbyn at PMQs.
The Tories’ moral bankruptcy and economic foolishness mean that when the consequences of their policies are exposed, all they have to fall back on are smear-tactics. So it was today as their ideologically-driven cuts to policing exposed the fallacy of their supposed strength on law, order and security.
But those lies are so threadbare the public is increasingly seeing right through them to the desperation behind.
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