Two things I've seen this morning flagged up on twitter
1)Damien Green's interview with Marr
Marr: Where do you get an extra £8bn for the NHS?
Damian Green: A lot of it is from retargeting money from elsewhere in the NHS
Damian Green: 'our manifesto is not uncosted. We just haven't costed it yet'
Even allowing for the stress factor in doing a live interview muddling one's words these two statements are utterly ridiculous.
Money from elsewhere in the NHS is most emphatically not extra money
How can 'we haven't costed it yet' in any way mean 'it's not uncosted'?
2) This, from the Independent.
It is very worrying in view of the fact that the Tories have recently been fined the greatest amount they possibly could be by the Electoral Commission for fiddling their election expenses returns by wrongly attributing local campaign expenses to national expenses.
It also reminds us of the undemocratic nature of targeted ads which cannot be seen by everyone and so cannot be challenged in any way.
Tories refuse to disclose content of Facebook adverts targeted at marginal seats
Campaigners warn that the Electoral Commission is essentially blind when it comes to the ads because only the voters targeted by parties get to see them – unlike a billboard or television spot.
They also warn that the approach allows parties to put out “wildly different” and sometimes contradictory messages to different voters without being held to account for their discrepancies.
The content of adverts shown to voters is important because under Electoral Commission rules it determines whether spending on such campaigning should be marked as local or national.
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