The Conservative Party conference barely seems to have started, but already the lunatic policies are coming out in force. Scrapbook has put together, for your reading pleasure, a rundown of the six craziest ideas proposed yet:
- Stab a burglar — Chris Grayling and David Cameron think that homeowners should be able to use more force against burglars (as long as they’re not unconscious).
- Sell employment rights for shares — playing for cheers from the far-right wing of the party, George Osborne proposed buying off workers with shares to give up such rights as, erm, protection from unfair dismissal, and redundancy.
- Reduce abortion to 12 weeks — the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt started off the conference in true form, calling for the abortion limit to be halved from 24 weeks.
- No benefits for under 25s – with an eye ever on the difficult situation for young people, Gideon proposed helping them out by, erm, barring them from getting state assistance. Classy.
- Votes for businesses – What do you do when you face losing your seat at the next election? Propose giving businesses the vote, a la Ipswich MP Ben Gummer, who reckons that the “calibre of many councillors often leaves something to be desired”. The same might be said of MPs.
- Boris for PM – finally, but by no means least, the Tories’ king-over-the-water has been doing nothing to dampen down suspicions of his leadership aspirations, attending a self-aggrandising rally hosted by ConservativeHome, watched over by Dave’s unamused emissaries.
With May, Hunt and Grayling still to speak, we’re sure this list will be far from definitive by the end of the day.