Sunday, 10 February 2008

Don't trust a Labour manifesto

Another thing I missed when I was away: a UKIP member has failed in a court case which claimed a breach of contract by Broon in failing to keep the manifesto pledge on holding a referendum on the European Constitution/Treaty?

How did the one-eyed nosepicker defend himself? Did his barrister argue the finer points of whether the Treaty is the same as the Constitution? There is a case to be made there - perhaps.

No, simpler than that! It was defended by arguing that manifesto pledges cannot be trusted, anyway. Of course, there are precise legal niceties involved in the statement, "manifesto pledges are not subject to legitimate expectation". However, an honest politician would surely consider him or herself to be bound by them. No wonder politics is in the gutter.

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