Pam Tilson has blogged this analysis of the parties’ manifesto, which tries to examine their ‘performance’ against the degree to which they support ‘Shared Future’ objectives. Since it will become one of ten policy tests that all legislation must pass, so it’s not quite as meaningless or PC as it might seem at first glance. It is not about getting on, it’s about living together. Yet shared spaces (housing, schools, shops) appear to be low on the general list, as each party load it with their own, quite separate, values. According to Tilson, overall their performance is patchy.
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