Jan 9 2013 By Cheryl Mullin
THE Government has published a 119-page audit of its record since coming to power in 2010, acknowledging it has not fulfilled some of the promises made when the coalition was formed.
Prime Minister David Cameron promised the document would deliver a “full, frank ... and completely unvarnished” assessment of how the coalition has performed and said it would show “a record to be proud of”.
But Labour released its own “audit of broken promises”, listing 40 areas in which it said the coalition had failed to live up to its pledges.
The Conservative-Lib Dem document, entitled Programme for Government Update, was produced as an annexe to the coalition’s Mid-Term Review, unveiled with great fanfare on Monday.
But it went unmentioned during a Downing Street press conference with Mr Cameron and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg.
Its existence only came to light when one of the Prime Minister’s aides was spotted in Downing Street yesterday carrying a document which appeared to suggest its publication was delayed to avoid overshadowing the favourable media coverage they expected to receive from Monday’s event.
The audit does not divide the promises from the 2010 Coalition Agreement into those which have been met or missed.
But it notes the planned cull of badgers to help control bovine TB had been “postponed”, a free vote on repealing the hunting ban has “not yet been taken forward”, and that, after pledging to cancel a third runway at Heathrow, the Government has set up a commission to look at “all the options” for future airport capacity.
At the first session of Prime Minister's Questions of 2013, Labour leader Ed Miliband branded Mr Cameron a “PR man who can't even do a relaunch'', and said the Government had broken a number of promises since coming to power.
Top of the list of broken promises identified by Labour was the failure to balance the nation’s books within five years – something now not expected to happen until 2018 at the earliest.