Theresa's empty words
Britain's prime minister, Theresa May, has called for a "shared society" to mitigate the "burning injustices" of everyday life. Similar to her first speech outside Downing Street last summer, her speech to the Tory Party conference in October, and her Christmas address, May appears good on rhetoric. She is fast becoming the empathiser-in-chief. Yet again, however, there are no policy details, short of acknowledging that the state has a role in helping the "just-about managing", rather than Cameron's Big Society, in which it didn't. In true One Nation traditions, May is talking a lot and doing nothing. "Making housing affordable" is different to building a million council houses. "Overcoming the stigma of mental illness" does not, it appear, entail real terms increases in NHS budgets.