Labour’s manifesto needed to do something for everybody. Under the Conservatives, everybody has seen their economic floor lowered and their safety nets dismantled. The Labour manifesto didn’t attempt to people please, it merely identified social and economic injustices and called them by name.
The manifesto set out to empower renters, increase support for pensioners, improve the lives of disabled people, tackle in-work poverty, restore dignity to the NHS and reduce income inequality. These policies set out to roll back the Conservatives’ austerity program and provide a remedy to many of the injustices that plague modern Britain.
Many in the country saw the manifesto for what it was, a prescription for Britain’s many ills, not a people-pleasing, everything-to-everyone wish list.