Friday, 2 October 2009

Cameron's Guarantees - Worth Believing?

Paul Waugh picks up on a subject which lies at the heart of our political system - namely, can anyone believe what a politician says.

The current Cameron line is "If the Lisbon Treaty is not yet in force at the time of the next general election we will suspend ratification, hold a referendum and campaign for a No vote", coupled with the famed "We will not let matters rest there."

Contrast the above with 2007, in which he said "Today, I will give this cast-iron guarantee: If I become PM, a Conservative government will hold a referendum on any EU treaty that emerges from these negotiations."

Note in the 2007 statement there is no 'if', 'but' or 'maybe' - just a categorical, cast-iron guarantee of a referendum.

Is it any wonder politics has sunk to such a low in the estimation of the public when their politicians cannot be trusted to keep their word?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Totally agree, WfW. I can't bring myself to trust Cameron. Sure, he'll be better than the incumbent dunce, but I believe he has his eye on what lies beyond PMship - a cushy job in Brussels.

The Lib Dems are probably unaware that their failure to win votes from the Tories (who should be screaming ahead by now) and Labour is that they reneged on their referendum manifesto pledge.

Similarly, the Tories will shed a lot of votes to 'fringe' parties. I'll be voting UKIP. No ifs, no buts.