Monday, 2 November 2009

Talking Of 'Cast-Iron' Guarantees, Gordon............

Today in the House of Commons, during questions to Gordon Brown on the outcome of the recent European Council summit, a question from Labour MP Ian Davidson made reference to the news that the Conservatives have indicated they are unlikely to 'un-pick' the Lisbon Treaty via a referendum if it has already been ratified. He suggested that those who "capitulate" on their pledges betray the promises made to the British people.

Remember these?

If we secure a treaty that is acceptable for Britain, then I believe we can also put it successfully to the British people.
- Gordon Brown, 12 May 2004

It’s not as though this is being imposed on the country. People will have the chance to put their views.
- Gordon Brown, 26 Jan 2005

The manifesto is what we put to the public. We’ve got to honour that manifesto. That is an issue of trust for me with the electorate.
- Gordon Brown, 24 June 2007

"No treaty should be ratified without consulting the British people in a referendum. 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."
- David Cameron, 26 Sept 2007

"It's not as though this is being imposed on the country"; "that is an issue of trust for me with the electorate"; "Today, I will give you this cast-iron guarantee........." Indeed Mr. Davidson, those who "capitulate" on their pledges do indeed betray the promises made to the British people - be they Labour or Conservative!

And they still consider themselves 'Honourable'? FFS!

1 comment:

Quiet_Man said...

They neither know nor practice honour in their dealings with those of us who elect them. "Manifesto promises are not subject to legitimate expectation" as the Labour brief said during a court hearing over the Lisbon Treaty referendum. It seems to apply to Tories as well as Labour and no doubt Lib Dems as well.
Like many others I will be voting independent during the next general election as the mainstream parties no longer represent my views anymore.