The British Elections Are Turning Into the Revenge of the Elderly

Theresa May

British Prime Minister Theresa May tried to go after seniors’ homes to pay for their welfare benefits, and the seniors are going after her today in the special parliamentary elections she called.

Ever since she proposed the so-called dementia tax to pay for long-term care, her double-digit lead in the polls has basically vanished and she is in a dead heat with her Labor opponent. Even the dastardly Manchester attack hasn’t helped her tough-on-security party.

England’s welfare state is running out of other people’s money, notes Reason Foundation Senior Analyst Shikha Dalmia. And the Tories, instead of trying to roll it back, are turning themselves into tax collectors for it. But they’ll learn today that that is not a winning election formula either.

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