The last Tory party conference had a mantra of three policies for post-Brexit Britain: sort out social care, build a lot more houses (including public ones for rent) and invest more in non-university, post-school education for the 60% who do not go into higher education.
If this is the plan for de-regulated, race-to-the-bottom Britain, it is very craftily disguised.
So why are so many Tories so passionate about leaving the EU if it is not to loosen protections that their new voters are strongly attached to? No doubt there are some who are keen to see the back of the Working Time Directive and so on, but de-regulation and autonomy are here too often confused. The moderate nationalism that Brexit appealed to is the localism of our more globalised world.
Brexit now allows us to make our own choices about immigration, about farm subsidies, about regional aid and state subsidies, about contracting out rules in the public sector, about VAT levels, about the future of our legal system and much more. In many areas we will stick close to EU rules, in other areas we will diverge, and pay some economic price for doing so, but it will be our choice.
TAP – Seemingly innocuous, these three policies are compatible with Agenda 21, greater state control of young people, concentrating population, more rented accommodation. Social care could mean anything, more control no doubt and confiscation of property and children. False terror events already in play to keep people in prison longer.