These are the Coalition's broken promises

On 20 May 2010, the Prime Minister, David Cameron, and his new Liberal Democrat deputy, Nick Clegg, unveiled the coalition agreement, the document by which they would govern for the next five years.

The pair argued their parties were uniting for the good of the country as it faced down an economic crisis. This 36-page document, they claimed, was “historic” and would result in a “radical, reforming government”.

It was a coalition “inspired by the values of freedom, fairness and responsibilities”. Those were bold claims – backed by promises found in the agreement. But did they stick to them? Here, we audit the coalition on 10 policy areas.


Key promises: “reduce the deficit” the agreement stated. George Osborne’s first Budget promised to eradicate the deficit by 2015, cut quangos and reduce spending.

  • Deficit halved as a percentage of national income on Chancellor George Osborne’s watch.
  • One in 10 quangos abolished between 2010 and 2013.
  • Inflation hits historic 0 per cent low just before the election.
  • Unemployment fell from 7.8 per cent to 5.5 per cent.

Promises kept? deficit cut by half rather than eliminated, but job creation means the economy is the Tories’ electoral trump card.

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