The Liberal Democrats are adrift in Ministry of Truth territory. In a pre-recorded interview to be broadcast on BBC One’s Politics Show at midday, Cable will tell the nation that his party “haven’t betrayed anybody”:

“We didn’t break a promise. We made a commitment in our manifesto, we didn’t win the election. We then entered into a coalition agreement, and it’s the coalition agreement that is binding upon us and which I’m trying to honour.”

This would be believable (barely) if tuition fees were not previously an article of faith for the Liberal Democrats and a cornerstone of their election campaign. The PR blerb for their – technically excellent – party election broadcast of 13 April (video) stated:

“Nick Clegg talks of the broken promises put forward by the Labour party and Conservatives, and that a vote for the Lib Dems means a vote for hope and an end to broken promises.”

And what was the very first visual used in the piece?

Cable can spend the next six months repeating “We didn’t break a promise” Hare Krishna mantra-style.

Scrapbook doubts voters will take such a generous view.

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  11. Even if his astonishing assertion that promises made in a pre-election manifesto fall away if the party doesn’t win, that doesn’t explain why written pledges signed by individual candidates, clearly giving their PERSONAL promises as opposed to indicating support for a party line, also fall away.

    The concept of saying that any promise can be jettisoned merely by subsequently adopting an alternative one, is pure nonsense.

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