The Tories have launched a completely uncosted manifesto – less than 24 hours after claiming Labour’s sums don’t add up.
Labour and the Lib Dems both issued 7 page documents alongside their manifestos showing how they would pay for their policies.
By contrast, the Tories have failed to provide a single costing for the many vague new proposals in their 86 page manifesto. The only numbers in the document are for existing government policies.
Tory manifesto is pretty much number-free. Labour & Lib Dems provided lots of fiscal detail on their plans. The Conservatives: nada
— Ed Conway (@EdConwaySky) May 18, 2017
One contrast in the manifestos: Labour's were full of costings – disputed or otherwise. Tories much lighter on numbers #torymanifesto
— Kamal Ahmed (@bbckamal) May 18, 2017
Labour manifesto had 34 pound signs (£) in 24,000 words but also a separate 7-page costings document with 26 extra pound signs (£) in it
— Jon Stone (@joncstone) May 18, 2017
Thankfully we already know the cost of at least one major Tory policy – hard Brexit.
The Treasury’s own analysis of the Tories’ plan to quit the single market warned it would cost Britain £66 billion every year.
Chancellor Philip Hammond claimed yesterday that Labour’s manifesto would leave a £58 billion black hole in public finances.
So even by the Tories own measures, one line in their UKIP-light manifesto would cost Britain more than the entire Labour document.
But you just can’t put a price on the sight of a fox being torn apart by a pack of dogs…