Theresa May and Philip Hammond are breaking four key 2015 manifesto promises:
Pledge: No rise in National Insurance contributions.
May / Hammond: National Insurance rise for self-employed.
Pledge: Eliminate the deficit and start running a surplus in 2018-19.
May / Hammond: Deficit due to be eliminated in 2025/26.
Pledge: Annual net migration in the tens of thousands.
May / Hammond: Immigration at 273,000, no prospect of this being kept.
Pledge: Introduce a British Bill of Rights.
May / Hammond: Shelved until after Brexit.
Some hard-of-understanding Remainers think the 2015 single market commitment should be included in this list. Obviously – though some FT / New Statesman types are clearly struggling to grasp this simple fact – the referendum provides a democratic justification and imperative for this. Nonetheless, Theresa May and Philip Hammond are breaking four major manifesto commitments…