Boris Johnson’s generation game: the young and poor pay for the old and rich | Andrew Rawnsley
His new levy is an unfair tax that won’t resolve the social care crisis it is supposed to fix
Reforming Britain’s creaking provision of social care has long been treated as a political “third rail”: an issue so charged that no politician dare touch it for fear that their reputation and popularity will be electrocuted.
Tony Blair and David Cameron stayed well clear. Theresa May came up with a plan that caused such a jolt that it cost her a parliamentary majority when she suddenly revealed her scheme and then hastily abandoned it in the middle of the 2017 election campaign. So cheerleaders for Boris Johnson are hailing him for being the first prime minister to have the courage to grab the third rail with a plan that claims to fix social care “once and for all”. Far from being “the trolley” wonkily swerving all over the shop, as mockingly depicted by Dominic Cummings, has he not demonstrated that he is a prime minister with a firm grip and the steely will to make brave choices? There is a short answer to that and a long one. Both begin with no.