The Tory press have given their predictable verdict on the leaked draft of Labour’s manifesto, dusting-off their favourite alarmist headline to warn Britain will be dragged “back to the 1970s”. But it seems the public quite liked the way things used to be.
Scrapbook has taken a look at YouGov polling on the policies branded a “suicide note” by the Daily Mail. We found:
- 59% of the public support the railways being taken back into public ownership – including a majority of Tory voters
- 68% of the public support the nationalisation of energy companies
- 67% of the public support the Royal Mail being brought back into public ownership
- 49% of voters supporting cutting tuition fees, compared to 31% who want them to remain at £9,000 a year
- A majority of people supporting raising taxes to properly fund the NHS
- Nearly two thirds of the public support an executive pay cap
- 62% of the public have expressed support for raising taxes on the wealthiest
- 56% of the public support a ban on zero hour contracts
By contrast, a majority of the public remain opposed to the reintroduction of fox hunting.
So who’s really out of touch with public opinion…