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    I don't have a lot of respect for the Liberal Democrats in their current state. Politicians have, recently (and not so recently), been very willy-nilly when it comes to promises. Tony Blair said he wouldn't introduce tuition fees. He did. David Cameron said he wouldn't reduce the EMA. It now will be scrapped. Perhaps this was acceptable, but I think out political class has really become too cavelier in their approach if they make absolutley unequivocal pledges with no conditions attached, and to make matters worse they make political capital out of it to gain votes in an election. I don't think the Liberal Democrats have really come to terms with how much of an indictment ehat they have done is on our political culture. To think that Vince Cable and other Lib Dem ministers are thinking of abstaining is even more disgraceful; it is a complete shirk of their responsibilty for their actions, a tacit acceptance of what they did was wrong, and the fact that they are changing their opinions (with respect to their manifesto) once again shows a complete disdain for the democratic process.

    Something needs to change. WikiLeaks is not the answer...this actually could be dangerous to the idea of a government at all (as people become more and more distrustful of politicians and the sincerity of government perhaps anarchy could result in theory). I think that parties that want to be taken seriously should, at least for major policies, note in their manifestos under what exact circumstances would the policy be subject to change. The tuition fee u-turn has proved to the public that politicians cannot be trusted to keep to their promises (without public assurance in one way or another that their pledges won't change arbitrarily by fiat).

    Manifesto reform is a good solution I think...what do you think...?
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    This is a coalition government. Therefore the Lib Dems can't stick to everything they said they would. Why is this so hard to understand?
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    It's completely impractical. If they were legally required to stick to maifesto promises, then they'll stop making promises.
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    (Original post by Barksy)
    This is a coalition government. Therefore the Lib Dems can't stick to everything they said they would. Why is this so hard to understand?
    Err they didn't have to join one?

    If joining it meant they were gonna have to break a pledge then they shudnt have.
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    People will decide at the next election. Till then we have to debate, protest, keep the issue in peoples minds and see what else they do. Besides what reform do you suggest?

    Its also notable that the UK has one of the higher rates of manifesto pledge keeping in the developed world-politics doesn't always make it possible to keep pledges but because of our strong government we tend to get stuff through. To a certain extent this is the realities of coalition taking hold...

    Doesn't make the Libs any more disgraceful though (Or the Tories for that matter)
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    Political reform is needed regardless of the whole tuition fee dogma..... Country's a complete mess.
 
 
 
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