Political boffin, keen fisherman looking forward to retirement.

Friday, February 23, 2007

How Many Times Can You Sell a False Promise?


Labour’s spectacularly inept pre manifesto says everything you need to know about their rudderless vision. No wonder they are fighting a hugely negative campaign based on spin, innuendo and smear.

One promise however caught my eye, universal provision of NHS dentistry.

Nothing new here I’m afraid, for every election I can remember since assuming power in 1997 Labour has made promises along these lines. In the 1999 Labour Conference Tony Blair promised to ensure that anyone wishing to access NHS dentistry would be able to do so.

Things haven’t quite turned out as Labour promised; witness the third world queues we have seen right across Wales once NHS provision actually comes available.

I remember once reading the Tivy Side on my travels across Wales where an old pensioner had resorted to using a pair of pliers to treat her tooth ache. What a damning indictment of Labour failure.

The question is why should anyone trust them to deliver on this if the situation has only got worse under 8 years of Labour being in Government. As the saying goes, “You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time.

1 comment:

Che Grav-ara said...

NHS dentistry for free....money for new school buildings....free health care pledges....Cant help but think i've heard these promises before somewhere?