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    When it suits the conservatives to go back to their election manifesto as if they're committed to following through, they conveniently do so.

    Eg- the NHS. In the face of widespread revolt from the NHS workforce over just the junior doctors contracts, the conservatives don't appear to listen or care about the workforce concerns, continue to use shoddy statistics and maintain that they have a commitment to the 7 day NHS in line with their manifesto.

    However, when it comes to the EU referendum negotiations, Cameron appears to have completely fallen down on his manifesto promises to change the benefits to migrants issues.

    Are the conservative leadership just forgetting what's inconvenient to their objectives and remembering what is convenient? Is this how a democracy should work? How can manifesto 'pledges/promises' be upheld- is it even possible?
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    Every party does this. Realistically what are they meant to do? Cameron went to the EU attempted to negotiate, got something on Eu migrant benefits and is presenting it in the best light he can. His promise was reliant on other countries agreeing and compromising, he cannot really do much if they won't give ground. Attempting to make manifesto promises binding would be meaningless and unenforceable, especially when they are often so reliant on factors outside of a government's control.

    You could perhaps argue for more realistic manifesto promises, but that seems unlikely given the nature of politics.
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    (Original post by Aj12)
    Every party does this. Realistically what are they meant to do? Cameron went to the EU attempted to negotiate, got something on Eu migrant benefits and is presenting it in the best light he can. His promise was reliant on other countries agreeing and compromising, he cannot really do much if they won't give ground. Attempting to make manifesto promises binding would be meaningless and unenforceable, especially when they are often so reliant on factors outside of a government's control.

    You could perhaps argue for more realistic manifesto promises, but that seems unlikely given the nature of politics.
    Yes I guess it isn't overly realistic.

    But why is it okay to compromise with European countries over something and be flexible on the manifesto promises but not do this with the workforce of the NHS?

    I agree that election promises are always reliant to external factors and difficult to uphold but I would say that a big external factor re junior doctors contracts would be 99% of junior doctors voting for industrial action supported by other NHS professionals, public sector staff and the general public?

    My issue isn't so much with failing on the EU manifesto promises but using their election pledges as a reason for steaming ahead with an ill thought out 7 day NHS plan, and pretending like its some virtuous upholding of what they said to get elected.
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    At least he is trying to do something and not doing a Clegg.

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