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Behold, the Tory leadership candidates: all in denial, all in dreamland | Polly Toynbee10 Jun 2:14pm

Behold, the Tory leadership candidates: all in denial, all in dreamland | Polly Toynbee

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The final 10 seem oblivious of the scale of our national catastrophe, from schools to hospitals to homelessness. Wasn’t this once the “competent party”?Imagine some Rip Van Winkle, in a coma since 2010, suddenly wakes to look around and see what’s happening as the Tories choose our next prime minister. He’s an acute social observer, so he starts to check the facts of this decade and is shocked by what he finds.Wherever he looks, whatever he checks, he finds the scars of austerity are all around – and he assumes that’s what the candidates will confront. Talking to staff from his hospital bed he hears of 100,000 unfilled vacancies for over-stressed NHS staff, with 2 million more people on hospital waiting lists. What kind of aftercare will he get, he asks? Not much, they say, with
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