One may indeed be all a-flutter that our rulers have once again deigned to grace us with their aspirations for creating a fairer, more just and better society in the United Kingdom. However, sadly for the Labour Party, it is not all that long ago that a solicitor, acting on behalf of the Labour Party, argued in court that manifesto “promises” are not subject to legal expectation. And a wise and impartial judge ruled that this was indeed so. No matter that if a business acting in the same manner would find the directors charged with many offences, of course!
In other words, they can promise you the moon on a stick (and don’t they always do that anyway?) but they can, instead, place a wet cow pat in a brown paper bag on your doorstep, set fire to it, ring your doorbell and run off.
And don’t they always do that anyway?
It is a stunning indictment of British politics that a party can argue in court that their manifesto is not worth the paper it’s printed on and have everyone meekly agree that this is perfectly acceptable.*
But what, exactly, does it say about the British electorate when a third of the population will still vote for them, knowing this?
*I am quite certain that this applies equally to other political parties, by the way.
- Labour’s Manifesto: The Juicy Bits at The Charlotte Gore Blog
- April 12, 2010 at 15:38