Did you think the Tories had reversed all their manifesto breaches? Think again

The Conservative Government has backtracked on its broken manifesto promise not to raise taxes, by reversing the decision to increase National Insurance for the self-employed. So that’s all right. Right?


For example, I’m reliably informed that Page 14 of the Tory Manifesto promised no rail fare hike for passengers but this January our rail fares climbed another 2.3 per cent, pushing them up by a total of 27 per cent since 2010 (see the image, above).

Then there are the three (other) broken manifesto promises in this iNews article:

Running a surplus (ditched by Philip Hammond as soon as he took over from George Osborne as Chancellor of the Exchequer).

Staying in the European Single Market (ditched by Theresa May in a speech describing her plans for Brexit negotiations).

Cutting immigration (the current level is still well over 200,000, and Amber Rudd has admitted it will not reach the “tens of thousands” promised in the manifesto “overnight”).

And if you’re feeling really keen to dine on the ashes of Tory failure, try this article by Labour’s Yvette Cooper, outlining nine promises the Tories broke within their first 100 days in office, back in 2015.

Either the Conservative Party is hopelessly inept in government, or its manifesto was a pack of lies. Which do you believe is the true explanation?

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3 Thoughts to “Did you think the Tories had reversed all their manifesto breaches? Think again”

  1. NMac

    Personally, I opt strongly for a total pack of deliberate lies. We are dealing here with people to whom blatant dishonesty and fraud are second nature.

  2. Well there are no such things as manifesto promises, there are times when reality overtakes the vision of the future and they become untenable, Harold Wilson used to famously say I think I said that at the party conference, when he hadn’t said anything like it, so why believe manifesto promises?

    1. Mike Sivier

      They are the plans for any future government run by a political party – and the yardstick by which that party will be judged.

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