Thursday, 17 March 2011

How politics works

This isn't really about political parties - it's political practice:

May 2010:
 "Andrew Lansley has reviewed the latest figures for the number of births across Greater Manchester and today said: 'If I am secretary of state for health after the election, maternity and children's services will be maintained at Fairfield and I will ensure this happens.
 "The choice for voters in Bury North is clear: vote Labour and these services will be axed from Fairfield. Vote Conservative and if there is a Conservative government the maternity department will be kept open." 

March 2011:
Fairfield Hospital closure confirmed by Andrew Lansley, Health Secretary.
I've often wondered if political publicity could be actionable - is it a contract? False advertising?

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