I wonder how long it took Cameron’s apparatchiks to concoct his excuse for failing to carry out his promises before the 2010 General Election not to raise VAT? Five years it seems, although this excuse could well have been trotted out well within the first twelve months of his coalition agreement being operated.
Dodgy Dave, ostensibly out of his depth!
It appears that we are expected to swallow the fact that he was not in government and unable to gauge the real situation when making his grandiose promise. What about the reported meetings with senior civil servants months prior to May 2010, ostensibly to familiarise the Conservative Opposition with the processes of government by reason of them having been out of office for fourteen years and Cameron not having been in office at all? Of course it never occurred to dodgy Dave that it would have been (and still would be) more honourable to refrain from make such reckless promises!
Not only has Cameron failed to carry out his promise to half the Budget deficit and reduce immigration to “tens of thousands”, he now expects Miliband to make similar types of commitments in opposition about National Insurance etc ~ NOT that I have any brief for the Labour leader, mind you!
Of course we shouldn’t forget the company that Cameron has been keeping. Here I have in mind, amongst others, Nick (“I’m thorry, I’m thorry, I’m tho tho thorry!”) Clegg of greenhouse burning fame. [SEE: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/moslive/article-1193693/Id-drunk-I-irresponsible-Criminal-Nick-Clegg-regrets.html ] His excuse for that was his inebriated state, and he attempted to pass it off as a “drunken prank!” . . . but what was his excuse for getting drunk?
Nick Clegg, screwed up . . . again!
Who needs reminding that old Nick and his associates were “pledged” not to increase university tuition fees, but we all now know what THAT particular pledge was (is?) worth! General election pledges about university tuition fees have ‘form’ and are only of note for their reverse effect. After all, the Rt Hon Anthony Blair was “pledged” in the 2001 General Election not to introduce ‘top-up’ fees and . . had . . legislated to prevent them! Clegg’s counterfeit excuse for reneging on his particular election compact was that it was necessary to reduce the Budget deficit. It would have been more credible had he claimed that he’d agreed it whilst drunk!
Having mucked up last year’s exclusive Scottish Referendum, Cameron now promises to arrange a referendum on the question of the UK’s continued membership of the EU sometime in the next Parliament . . . but who really believes him? Remember that very unsatisfactory ‘AV Referendum’ which held out the prospect of changing the voting system but omitted the one option which may well have attracted most support.
More recently, Cameron stated during PMQs on 25th March in answer to Miliband’s question whether he would raise VAT in the next Parliament that he would not . . . but, again, who really believes him? Who really believes that the Conservatives would not raise the rate of VAT at some time during the next five years should they be in power?
Fasten your seat belts for another five weeks of the Brit parties making more incredible promises and telling us how bad their opponents are rather than emphasising how good their own policies are, but then, consistent with their ‘dodgy’ manifestos, their respective campaigns would be so much weaker!
No wonder they avoid mention the issue of an English Parliament and even more so the English Democrats!