It is not only polls that should be treated with a great deal of suspicion during pre-election madness. What politicians say should largely be ignored as well.
There’s a wonderful example of the lies that voters get told in the United Kingdom at this very moment that should serve as a timely reminder to us all.
During the recent UK campaign the Liberal-Democrats came out with a very effective poster:
The Conservative then shadow and now actual Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne was quick to deny any such plan. “The plans we set out” he explained to voters, “involved around 80 per cent of the work coming from spending restraint and about 20 per cent from tax increases … The tax increases are already in place; the plans do not include an increase in VAT.”
Last week Chancellor Osborne announced an increase in the VAT from 17.5% to 20%. Not really a surprise but made all the more outrageous by the fact that the Liberal Democrats now as a Coalition partner in the Government supported it as well. But not to worry.
The Lib Dem spokesman Vince Cable explained yesterday that his lot had only warned voters that Prime Minister David Cameron planned to raise VAT to score political points against the Conservatives. It had not promised to do anything about it.