The Tory manifesto doesn’t add up – and school breakfasts prove it

s any politicians knows, there is only one way of avoiding that nightmare moment in Nick Ferrari’s studio when he keeps asking questions you can’t answer about the costs of your policy commitments: don’t put them in in the first place. Every politician would like to do this, but only the Conservatives were arrogant enough actually to try it. Labour and the Lib Dems published their own versions of the budget book with detailed costings for all their manifesto pledges. The Tory plan was to brief out a little detail and settle back to enjoy watching Labour squirm on the hook of the spendthrift reputation that the Tories themselves had crafted for it in the run-up to the 2010 election.


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