The importance of election manifestos whether for individual candidates seeking election or for political parties cannot be over-stated! In a so called ‘representative democracy’, it is one of the few means of judging those elected by comparing their words with their subsequent actions.
Indeed, those elected cannot really be held to account by electors during the period of elective office. It is only in subsequent election ballots that electors can react to the actions taken by those elected. Therefore, carrying out promises freely made in election manifestos are of crucial importance in the British Parliamentary system.
Where individuals or parties renege on their commitments AFTER they have ben elected, they strike at the very heart of the British political system by betraying the trust which was placed on them. In short, they have been elected under what has proved to be false pretences; they are frauds. Voters who continue to vote for frauds are, to say the least, very unwise!
In their 2010 General Election Manifesto, the Lib Dems stated:
“We will . . . scrap unfair university tuition fees for all students taking their first degree, including those studying part-time, saving them over £10,000 each. We have a financially responsible plan to phase fees out over six years, so that the change is affordable even in these difficult economic times, and without cutting university income. We will immediately scrap fees for final year students.” [page 39] (No mention here of the fact this applies only to students in England.)
Scrapping tuition fees . . . . Costs are for England.” [page 101]
The 2010 General Election Campaign . . . remember?
Voters should now judge Calamity Clegg & Co by their subsequent deeds.
Even their excuse that they ‘had to get the deficit down’ does not hold water! Increased tuition fees results in increased government borrowing to lend to students, but only now, some four years later are students starting, yes starting to repay their student loans and very few there are of them!
As early after the General Election as November 2010, Clegg admitted that he had broken his ‘pledge’! SEE HERE: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/universityeducation/8123832/Nick-Clegg-admits-breaking-tuition-fees-pledge.html
The Lib Dems are a shabby, sanctimonious bunch who do not deserve to be re-elected. Worse, they are disloyal to England and place anyone and everyone above us!
How many of these characters would be permanently banned in any other walk of life?
VOTERS IN ENGLAND SHOULD NOT WASTE A SINGLE VOTE ON ANY LIBERAL DEMOCRAT CANDIDATE!