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What do you think of Labour's election pledges?

09:54 UK time, Saturday, 27 March 2010

Gordon Brown has unveiled his five key election pledges, vowing to offer Britain more "fairness" and "control". Are you inspired?

In a rallying speech to Labour Party members in Nottingham, Mr Brown pledged to secure the economic recovery, raise living standards, protect frontline services, strengthen fairness and build a hi-tech economy.

But Tory leader David Cameron said Mr Brown should not "dither" and must call an election, while Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg called the pledges "vacuous".

Do Gordon Brown's five pledges appeal to you? Do you think they are too vague? What pledges would you like to see?

This debate is now closed. Thank you for sending your comments.

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  • Comment number 1.

    A joke? Five vague statements.

    We pleadge that 1. the day will begin at dawn, 2. rain will be wet, as will 3. the sea, 4. those bits of the plannet that are not wet will be dry and 5. the moon's made of green cheese. All as measurable as Gordon's effort.

  • Comment number 2.

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

  • Comment number 3.

    Based on Labour’s past performance – can I suggest that the following would probably be more appropriate for Labours election pledges:

    To wreck the economy
    To Lower living standards
    To Let foreigners take control of our industry
    To Let millions more immigrants into the country
    To totally destroy the country as we know it

  • Comment number 4.

    You must be kidding this mans track record on promises speaks for itself.
    Remember the referendum that never was? and all the porkys he has been caught out on recently. Not to mention the 10p tax disaster and the promise to make ammends that never happened. Just a few more weeks of lies and spin and hopefully a hung paliament. Cant wait to see all the red face polititians.

  • Comment number 5.

    The only thing our political representatives inspire me to do is emmigrate!

  • Comment number 6.

    Sorry, they've had 13 years to fulfil their promises. We don't believe them.
    Nor incidentally do we believe any of the others.
    The problem is that no matter what the result of the next election we'll still be ruled by politicians!

  • Comment number 7.

    Great!

    If Gordon Brown wanted to secure the economy, why did he split the responsibility for financial regulation, letting the banking system get to the verge of collapse?

    If by 'control' he means more petty rules, ID cards etc, yeah we all want that!!!

  • Comment number 8.

    I think I am going to throw up.

    The sad thing is, there are enough gullible idiots in this country who are dumb enough to fall for this claptrap.

  • Comment number 9.

    If I believed anything Nu Labour promised at any time, I would have to be one of the most gullible person on earth! When I look at the hash that Nu Labour has made of just about everything - especially the economy - It almost drives me to despair! I want a fair, just, truthful, and happy Country for my Children and Grand Children. I know that I will never get it under Nu Labour or, especially, Mr Brown.

    Neither Mr Brown, or any of Nu Labour, or Nu Labour inspire me to do anything other than leave the UK if they get another five years!

  • Comment number 10.

    In 1997 New Labour promised a fair deal for all and the chance to make the most of one’s potential.

    As a single childless male I have never had a fair deal with New Labour and all those who have already had plenty of spoon-feeding continue to qualify for more help yet workers who are living way below these standards who don’t rely on state handouts or special privileges are ignored and treated as second class.

    Why take from the starving to give to the greedy?

    New Labour has created a more unfair society and only the cheats will argue that it is fairer now.

  • Comment number 11.

    On the face of it, it all sounds good, but what does it all actually mean? That word 'control' belongs to the weasel family if ever one did. It needs a good deal more detail before any sense appears out of the pledges.

  • Comment number 12.

    I don't need any pledges, I just need a date when we can finally be shot of him.

    I don#t understand how they just had a budget when just about everyone knows they will be kicked out in 6 weeks time.

    Cameron should make clear that everything could be changed when he finally gets a look at the books and finds out just how dire the situation really is.

  • Comment number 13.

    Absolutely nothing whatsoever! What a joke. This man, and his appalling party, have had almost 13 yeares to implement what they are promising now, and what they promised back then. And, as is usual with dishonest, corrupt labour, they have implemented none of them. Anyone who votes in the forthcoming election for either this man, or his party, needs urgent treatment!

  • Comment number 14.

    Gordan has already pledged to be leader of the labour party and PM for the next parliment!

    But then at the last election their MANIFESTO not their pledge card promised a vote on a certain EU treaty?

  • Comment number 15.

    Let's be very clear - the Labour Governments list of pledges and promises suggest that they have not been in power and that they are seeking to govern. Bliar and Brown have had over 10 years to get things right, yet they have offended just about every section of British society.

    If Labour had spent as much time on running the country as they did spinning and dealing with their internal strife - we might have seen some useful outcomes. As it is, post election, whatever the result, Gordon and his Labour cronies will still be wasting time and effort on navel gazing rather than facing up to the financial crisis.

    Currently, Labour's casual disregard for the UK's enormous debt is behaviour akin to the Captain of the Titanic. We cannot, as a country, AFFORD TO ALLOW THE DEBT TO CONTINUE, Alistair Darling and Brown are blithely throwing debt upon debt without any regard for the legacy this country will face. Tough times are ahead and it needs honest and brave leadership.

    We know for certain that Brown is not up to it. We also know that an unelected Spin Doctor in the form of 'Mandelscum' is currently running this country purely based upon efforts to keep a DISCREDITED LABOUR PARTY in power.

    Come on people, make your vote count - GET RID OF BROWN AND THE BLIAR LEGACY - please!

  • Comment number 16.

    What do you think of Labour's election pledges?
    I really cannot stop laughing having just read this article. Can't Labour understand it's over, they've blown it. No one in their right minded tax payer could possible think of voting Labour, unless of cause your one of the millions of civil servants in non-job, one of the millions of work shy lazy people enjoying life at the tax payers expense, or just plain stupid.

  • Comment number 17.

    more fairness brown just has not got a clue, I work shifts making a product which brings in about 3000 pounds an hour for the tax man yet I`am only about just over £100 pounds a week better off than someone who is getting housing benifit , free roof tax etc , whats fair about that gordon

  • Comment number 18.

    If these pledges are as good as the one the Labour Party gave about the referendum on the EU Constitution then they wont be worth the paper they are written on.
    I wouldn't believe a Labour politician if they said Good Morning to me.
    In a nutshell labour are just not capable of running a raffle let alone a country. The sooner they are gone the better for everyone.

  • Comment number 19.

    i cannot believe that gordon brown and his ministers can use the publics money for what is obviously electioneering

  • Comment number 20.

    "control" !!
    Haven't we had enough of that freakery?
    Brown would like us to hand our wage packets over to him and live on his handouts.

  • Comment number 21.

    If anyone still alive and at least moderately aware of his/her surroundings doesn't yet know what NuLabour stands for by now, and how little its promises are worth, and how execrable its sleazy record is (far worse than the Tories ever were), then more fool them.
    I only hope there are more of the aware people in the polling stations come the next General Election.

  • Comment number 22.

    Well, yes, I am inspired. I will vote for any other party!
    These are totally meaningless! Like so many of the Labour promises they are worthless. And the idea of MORE control fills me with horror! It is like the claims that they will be reducing red tape, we all groaned knowing there would be more red tape reducing the red tape!

  • Comment number 23.

    "5. At 10:36am on 27 Mar 2010, Peter_Wilkinson wrote:
    The only thing our political representatives inspire me to do is emmigrate!"

    I trust you know of a country where immigrants are welcomed a good deal more warmly than they seem to be in the UK. The borders seem to be closing everywhere.

  • Comment number 24.

    Labour idea: Funds made available to take civil action when police aren't doing their job quickly or correctly??

    So Labour are ADMITTING that under them, policing has become so dysfunctional and unnacountable that they have given up. "Labour will just throw more money at you and you can do it yourselves, because we both aren't able, and can't be bothered to fix the basics of policing".

    Please just leave now Labour. I voted for you last time but unlike you, i've learnt from my mistakes. And Gordon Brown? You really are a joke. Not a leader.

  • Comment number 25.

    5 election pledges? More like 5 buckets of hogwash!

    Sadly there are still people in this country who think this idiot is worth voting for; beats me.

    If you're deluded enough to vote for this idiot and his merry band of fools at the next election, just don't complain later, will you?

    Be very careful what you wish for....

  • Comment number 26.

    Just watched Gordan launch the pledges, his pink tie made me think when was the last time you saw him wearing a labour red tie?

    For example on budget day he was he was in a purple tie.

    Also no mention at the launch that the budget document states that next/this years spending review will be cutting a lot of departmental budgets by 25% and that on budget day Peter anounced 5-10billion of cuts this year including 4billion in the NHS budget.

  • Comment number 27.

    cant gordon brown make a speech without useing the name ashcroft. anyone would think that he would be greatful for the taxes he:ashcroft: pays into this country

  • Comment number 28.

    Brown says the deficit must,'by law', be halved by some date or other. Sanfrancisco might as well legislate against earthquakes!

  • Comment number 29.

    Question Time

    Dear BBC,

    Why are any Labour ministers allowed to stand for election at the next general election?

    As I understand it bankrupts are not allowed to stand.

    As CEO Brown and as the directors, his ministers, were all complicit in the bankruptcy of UK plc.

    If they want to take part in the election they need to repay the debt they have run up, outside of their mandate, prior to election date.

    What are the House of Lords doing about this? Will they go to the Queen?


  • Comment number 30.

    Am I inspired - NO.

    NuLabour has had 12 or more years to be fair and have failed miserably. As for giving us, the public, more control - that is down right ludicrous when every other day they bring in measures which strip up of any control we ever had. Not only do we have their crazy PC inspired ideas but we also have to bow before Europe.
    I am English first, British a close second and never a European. Daily I read of ways in which we subjugate our way of life after foot stamping from Brussels.
    Remember the stupid 'mishapen fruit and veg' saga. At long last Europe has had to agree what a farce it was. From little issues like that to fish quotas and stripping away our right to have laws of our own - this no longer feels like Britain.
    Will NuLabour stand up to the 'United States of Europe'? Absolutely not.
    We need strong government willing to tackle issues that matter to each and every one of us.
    I repeat - its time for Gordon Brown to move on and to take with him his 'hands on' party. I am tired of being told what to eat, what not to drink, how to do this and how not to do that. Nanny State doesn't even come close to how we are treated. Civil rights, Political Correctness and control removed from local councils in favour of central government have all meant that the public are powerless.

    WE ARE SO SMALL - BUT THEY ARE NOT.
    THEY WIELD THE POWER - THATS JUST OUR LOT.
    WE MIGHT GET A VOTE - BUT THEY ALWAYS LIE
    PLEDGES AND PROMISES - JUST PIE IN THE SKY.
    WE HAVE NO VOICE - BUT THEY CAN SHOUT LOUD
    WE ARE TOO SMALL - JUST LOST IN THE CROWD.
    WE'RE LED BY THE NOSE - WHEREVER THEY CHOOSE
    WE ARE THE MINNOWS - DESTINED ALWAYS TO LOSE.
    BUT ADD ONE SMALL VOICE - TO THE REST OF THE CROWD
    SUDDENLY WE MATTER - WE'RE BRITISH AND PROUD.
    LET'S WORK TOGETHER - WITH ONE UNIFIED VOICE
    MAKE THEM ALL LISTEN - WE SHOULD HAVE A CHOICE,
    STAND UP AND BE COUNTED - DON'T TAKE WHAT THEY SAY
    LET'S MAKE OURSELVES HEARD - STARTING TODAY.

  • Comment number 31.

    I never consider the case of saying, only doing. On this count, for the man in the street, the liberals can't do, the tories only favour the rich and are always the more economical with the truth, so i will stick with what we have, at least they show some loyalty to the average working man and woman.

  • Comment number 32.

    It's not difficult to remember the promises Labour make in the run up to the last two elections.

    "Tough on crime, tough on the causes of crime"

    "Education Education Education".

  • Comment number 33.

    Labours election pledges? Are they having a laugh or what?

  • Comment number 34.

    The Problem with labour is that we always end in financial termoil. The problem with Gordon Brown is that he is like the Hollies record "King Midas in reverse" everything he touches turnes to dust. Please we can not survive much more. We need to get shut.

  • Comment number 35.

    Can these "pledges" be any more vague?

    also, he says he will put "British people first"...haven't we heard that before?

    In the past he has pledged an end to boom and bust, he has before pledged putting British workers first, and many other lies! He hasn't delivered on any of them!

    Labour have had 13 years to make a change, and as I see it they have...a change for the worse!

    Time for something new! Bye bye Brown!

  • Comment number 36.

    The pledges of Lab, Lib Dems and Cons have never, will never and shall never inspire me.

    They all state the same pack of "wishes" which are no where near the truth.
    Education, Education, NHS investment, crime lower than it has ever been. In real terms all have dropped well below what is expected from a civilised country. Education (no places for Uni Students), NHS (patients left to die in the corridors while the easy cases are treated to patronise the Gov figures), Crime elevated to one murder per day, rapes and muggings exponentially increased with a claim that more coppers are on the "beat" another out right lie. Immigration so out of control that even the Gov does not know, or care, how many criminals have entered the country. A fortune is being spent on their "human rights" while the Brit Citizens HR are ignored. Only way to get medical treatment now is to go to prison were the first class med treatment is at their disposal. I can't even get an appointment with my doc, have to go to out patients at the local hospital.

    For this reason I will NEVER EVER vote for any of the big 3 again.
    I only hope I have an alternative on my ballot paper.

  • Comment number 37.

    As a single childless male I have never had a fair deal with New Labour and all those who have already had plenty of spoon-feeding continue to qualify for more help yet workers who are living way below these standards who don’t rely on state handouts or special privileges are ignored and treated as second class.

    This applies to all childless couples as well. We are considered merely as tax-fodder to maintain the lifestyle of the ne'er do wells who keep this dishonest lot in power.

  • Comment number 38.

    Politicians! Politicians! Politicians! The above readers comments were also as obvious as they come! And what does one expect! All the bitterness one has falls out from all the comments. This is what we have got ourselves into.....meaningless statements.

    Now, if you tear yourselves away from all the bigotry as it happens to be Labour right now, I would actually suggest to you that all governments should be doing those five points whenever they are in power....as a matter of basic common sense. One should not be effectively saying "we are going to do this now!" If you rubbed out "Labour" and stuck in, say, "Liberal" the five statements would still seemingly make sense. In fact, to be blunt, no matter what Party stands, these five statements would be in their manifesto!

    And, furthermore, by doing this all your other mini-subjects are covered (child abuse, crime - means security!). There! Job done!Now, where's that expenses claim form?

  • Comment number 39.

    It's not April 1st yet.
    No 3 has suumed up what should have been said.
    Labour doesn't know the meaning of the word 'fair' it has systematically destroyed the not so now United Kingdom.
    Our troops have died as a result of underfunding and government incompetence, our children are poorly educated, criminals do not receive sufficient punishment and are free to offend again, the Police are hampered by targets as is the NHS.
    With regard to protecting front line services, Health Trusts in the South East have plans to cut frontline jobs, cut back on beds and also essential operations.
    Government spending five hundred million pounds more than it receives as is now reveals just underlines the incompetence.
    And to 31, the Tories most certainly DO NOT favour the rich and if you are stupid enough to think that Labour will not make everyone much poorer if they win the election then you carry on and vote.
    Exactly what loyalty has Labour shown to anyone who works except to tax them, freeze personal allowances, in effect, more tax. Higher fuel prices meaning higher food prices.
    For God's sake open your eyes.



  • Comment number 40.

    Brown spekas, Brown lies.
    Labour are a bunch of hypocrites.

  • Comment number 41.

    These pledges and whatever rubbish the tories come up with are just lines on a card nobody with any common sense will believe them.

    I'm dreading the next six weeks the media will be full of some of the the most insincere,dishonest people in the country asking for our vote and all they will talk about is rubbish like Browns pledges and whatever Dave will come up with that non of them have any intention of honouring.

  • Comment number 42.

    Gordon Brown has already demonstrated that he cannot be trusted to do what is pledged.

    Give us the referendum on the Lisbon Treaty - if you dont, then you're words carry no substance...

  • Comment number 43.

    I just watched Gordon Brown's speech from Nottingham and he is certainly all fired up for the General Election and I am not a Labour supporter!
    He certainly made some good jokes at the expense of the Tories and I am sure that as the polls have started to show that Labour are more trusted on the economy than the Tories, for the first time in several years, that the election is going to be very close or even Labour could actually overtake them.
    The Tories have just been so negative with their speeches in the last few months. They have rubbished Britain and have hardly given anything positive or policy proposals, other than ones that play on the voters distrust of the bankers and promising austerity.
    When the election campaign is written in the future, maybe the Conservatives will have a lot of regrets as they never seem to learn from their mistakes as they always revert to negative messages and basically, being nasty...

  • Comment number 44.

    We Had Major saying "we have lost touch with the people" after Thatcher demise Ditto Blair and now Brown.Until these grossly overpaid people are made truly accountable and not self regulating we will not have a true democracy. They paralell the weather forecaster who says sunny intervals but if he looked out of the window he would see its pouring with rain.

  • Comment number 45.

    Ha, ha, ha , ha......you are joking? Masters of spin, more smoke and mirrors from a group of charltens who have got this country into £170 billion of debt. No way do I believe anything this group of incompetants say, but a country gets the government it deserves...

  • Comment number 46.

    Oh goody! More control!

    That's EXACTLY what we need, a more controling government. Yep. We're not living in an undemocratic fascist semi-dictatorship at all. We need more interference in peoples lives, not less!

  • Comment number 47.

    "Labour would put the "British people first"

    Oh right, that's why Gordon buys Japanese vehicles for the Coastguard, our local council and ambulance service buy Fiat, and we have Japanese trains all over the place - to help the people at Land Rover, Southampton's Transit factory and the train makers of Derby. To put "British people first" on the dole is the full quote, but then politicians never do quite tell the whole story, do they.

  • Comment number 48.

    Here's a good idea; the labour party could print them onto cards as "pledges", then go around sticking them in peoples' faces, just like Precott did.
    After all, if you don't make pledges you've got nothing to break and Nu Labour are so good at that!

  • Comment number 49.

    I take all promises by Brown , like his Vow last year to honour
    local heroes from small town and villages who had help in floods
    and snow. When the usual suspects got the Honours . He replied to
    my question about his promise . " I have no power to influence
    the Honours Board "

  • Comment number 50.

    If by you mean they inspire me to cheat and lie then yes otherwise its a big fat NO!!!!

  • Comment number 51.

    Labour have been in power for 12 years. IF they had been doing the job properly during this period, why do they need to create new policies for the election? THINK ABOUT IT!!!! How many of their pledges from the LAST election have they stuck to? THINK ABOUT IT!!! For the good of Britain, we need change. Labour are in the same situation that the Tories were in before they were booted out. Tired, burnt out, in disarray yet blind and deluded. It is time for a new government, or this country is finished.

  • Comment number 52.

    Oh, if this bunch get back in there'll be more control alright. Have you seen the latest proposal - change the law to enable HMRC to open our mail; a principal scrosanct within our postal service since it all began. This is outrageous beyond belief.

  • Comment number 53.

    Gordon Brown has lied his way through his political career so why should we believe him now? He lied to the inquiry about defence cuts, he lied to the British public about a referendum on Europe - the list could go on and on and it is a pity that the media do not bring this to the attention of the public instead of acting for and on behalf of the Labour Party.

  • Comment number 54.

    it makes me cringe when ever harriet harmon comes out with her false empathy

  • Comment number 55.

    The only thing Gordon Brown inspires me to do is hibernate.

  • Comment number 56.

    More lies before the Election then when it is over they do what they want. The Labour Party has made this country overtaxed and over burdended by red tape. Everything is for Business, Bankers and Mps expenses and if cheat and you may get a Peerage for your efforts also familys and single mothers are treated like some royal patronage, but yet nothing is done for the single people of this country man or woman who have no kids and work hard for there pittance. Also as a Pensioner myself I think it ia about time the pensioners stopped been greedy also, some women in this country who have hardly paid into the system get more benefits than men, why so. If there is a cake to give way we should ALL get a equal share not just a privaliged few.

  • Comment number 57.

    He claimed the Labour party does not represent vested interests. Yes, it does. It represents the public sector. As a struggling private sector entrepreneur that looks pretty vested to me. I feel like a medievael peasant next to a large monastry which expects a large tithe every year. Why I should slog my guts out so the monks can draw huge pensions and work 35 hour weeks?

  • Comment number 58.

    Can we drop the "what we will do" claims of the political leaders please? Each and everyone of them should remind themselves of just what a gravy train Parliament has become, under THEIR stewardship. This is going to be the most meaningless election in living memory given that none of the participants being given prominence deserve anyone's vote.

    Can we stop the lies or at least have trading standards investigate party claims? Or can we have a revolution?

  • Comment number 59.

    Mr Uncivil Servant, are you indeed a civil servant? If so, you would say that wouldn't you? Michael Gove dares to call the recent events "Labour's boom and bust" which for an intelligent guy suggests an disingenuous unwillingness to acknowledge blinding global realities. This is typical; the Tories have no analysis only kneejerk catchphrases like the above and lots of indiscriminate use of the word "broken." All a feeble attempt to hide their total lack of detail or to put it another way, a clue. Hence Cameron's spluttering volcano performance in place of a budget reply. Brown's five are sober, sensible, just and realistic.

  • Comment number 60.

    Enough to convince me should have emigrated years ago when Blair was up to his tricks !!!!!! The country is in a mess my father would turn in his grave fighting in the war for what !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Comment number 61.

    Election pledges? Pledging to fix everything they broke is hardly a good start to a new government. Nothing in there to inspire people to want to get up and make a difference.

    In the words of our wonderful train announcers - "all change please, this train terminates here".

  • Comment number 62.

    To 43. Before making sweeping incorrect statements about the Conservatives why not try looking at their website?
    The markets and the CBI are VERY nervous about Labour being relected.
    Perhaps you don't remember previous Labour governments, they ALL end in the same way and the Conservatives have to make some very hard decisions to rebalance the economy, it will be no different this time but at least there will some optimism for private enterprise and small employers,

  • Comment number 63.

    Not only are these pledges incredibly bland but everyone knows that after the election everything will change when whoever wins reveals the measures necessary to pay off the deficit.

    Whatever Brown says, he has proved himself to be a liar and a spinner.
    Its not long ago that he was saying there would be no cuts in public services....How wrong can a man be?

  • Comment number 64.

    So Called pledges by Gordon Brown about Cancer test being delivered with in a week this is an old pledge and one they are not keeping, I recently went for test for stomach cancer and colon cancer I had the test the start of September and I was called to Derriford Hospital for the results of the test nearly 6 months later 21/01/2010, where I turned up for my appointment at 16.25 PM and I was kept waiting for over 2 hours before I was seen at 19.40 PM was I was met by a student doctor not a Doctor a student assistant where I was told test negative, but symptoms have still not been resolved and I have not been told contacted for any further examination.so still none the wiser, and as for promises of being transparent, if he is willing to be so transparent why will he not have an enquiries into the dispatches program sleez, and how Mandelson was told about National Express Coaches, I think anything a Politician says today is just full of lies and deceit none of them are truly truthful

  • Comment number 65.

    Well, maybe it's a bit on the err wishful side, but seriously hold on tight if we get the conservatives ruling us...less money for all those who work really hard...yay...what a lot to look forward to eh! I have a feeling some people see the smarmy face of dear Mr Cameron and believe he tells the truth, like he has any say whatsoever in how the party will run, funnily enough it will revert back to the old and selfish conservatives. They haven't changed one bit and never will do and if anyone believes otherwise it's because they are swept away by all the lies. I have no doubts whatsoever that had the conservatives been in charge the recession would have hit a lot more people a lot harder!

    This coming from someone who doesn't even neccessarily support labour I just can't stand to see everyone swept away by such a dillusion as that of Mr Cameron.

  • Comment number 66.

    Its time to roll back Thatcherism because thatcherite deregulation has put us in this situation. Given we have 2 Conservative parties, one on the left, the other an idiot cult of public schoolboy bullies living in the 80s and thinking everything should be reformed except the system and the Status quo, Id preffer the leftwing conservative version. So I will stick with Brown if I vote for anyone. As a Christain I am more concerned with our spiritual and moral decline. You cant serve God and Mamon and sad but true, finance capitalism IS part of the Antichrist. You need to waken up to that fact. Greed is EVIL. Role it back, fight it - our children demand that we care for each other and the planet. If Capitalism wants a role in the future it must reform. Reform at the top - reign in the tax havens that will cure our debt. If Brown means fairness then start by narrowing the obscene gulf between rich and poor, raise unemployment benefit to humane levels and tax the rich to pay for it. We need to reverse the damage done 1980-present day to survive else a worse more fatal crash will surely happen. Dont let the rightwing media and finance barons destroy civilization.

  • Comment number 67.

    How can one believe a liar?

  • Comment number 68.

    Why should we believe Labour's election promises now:

    1997 - We will have a referendum on voting reform - report carried out and ditched
    2001 - Student Top-up fees - "We will not introduce 'top-up' fees and have legislated to prevent them." We now have ever increasing fees charged to students, who come out of University with massive debts!
    2005 - Referendum on EU Constitution - say no more!

    After 13 years it is time to give this Government the Red Card!!

  • Comment number 69.

    As far as I can make out all Brown's pledges amount to is "I'll tax those poor suckers who work for a living even more in order to provide even more for those who don't" This of course, doesn't include the disabled or pensioners.

    Living in Newcastle I'm surrounded by so many people who won't work for a living - have never worked and will never work. They are more than well aware they can get everything they want without the hassle or responsibility or going to work. We have FIVE generations of unemployed in parts of this city (having babies of course increases benefits). But they ALWAYS vote Labour at general elections. ALWAYS - and I can't see this time being different. Turkeys are not likely to vote for Christmas.

    Being honest we can't afford any more Labour government. They have decimated this country and I'm absolutely sure that Blair and Brown's place in history is guaranteed as the worst Prime Ministers this country has ever had. Bar none. What a legacy....a country destroy and in an even worse condition (by a country mile) than the last time they were in government.

    So...his pledges are worthless to me.

  • Comment number 70.

    We have had 10 years of Labour spin, unfulfilled announcements and just plain lies. They are only interested in the Labour Party and **** the poor wretched country.
    Why on earth would anyone vote for them now?
    Unfortunately as alternatives we have a Lib-Dem party that seem to live another planet and will promise you anything and a Tory party that has lost its identity and promises nothing. But vote for the candidate most likely to get Labour out. Only that way do we have any hope of a new start.

  • Comment number 71.

    One of the pledges announced this morning was Brown is keeping Darling as Chancellor if he wins the election, so much for Vince Cable saying he would take the job in a hung parliament. It is about time that the Lib Dems realized that they are being conned and have absolutely no chance of being the kingpin in a hung parliament, as history shows the more seats Labour gets the less the Lib Dems gets, yet since turn of year the Lib Dems have sided with Labour on every issue on the economy and attacked the Tories at every chance, yet they make no inroad into the Tories and are only averaging 17-18%. This will loose them 20 - 40 seats as Lib Dems will vote Labour , as this is the position they have shown they aligned themselves to in order to keep Tories out, so even if there is a hung parliament the biggest 3rd party will be Others not Lib Dems.

  • Comment number 72.

    After what the country has been put through by this Labour Government, they should never, ever be elected into power again.

    They have ruined our ecomony, sent us into a terrible war, resulting in the deaths of countless young soldiers, with not a hope of winning, and, individually, got rich at the taxpayers expense.

    Now, we keep hearing Gordon Brown telling us 'what the people want' - it's definitely not him or his henchmen!

  • Comment number 73.

    Individuals of all parties have shown time and again that they only operate out of unrestrained and unending self-interest. I cannot believe that major revisions are not made to our utterly dysfunctional political system.

  • Comment number 74.

    The man cannot run bath water! Believe him - only if pigs learn to fly.

  • Comment number 75.

    Sod labour they all come up with great ideas when they want your vote try something different like UKIP or some other obscure party.They cannot do any worse than the run of the mill politics we have in britain.

  • Comment number 76.

    If they had kept their pledges from the last election then I might have been inspired.

  • Comment number 77.

    Why is Brown promising all this now, after 13 years of a Labour goverment? he constantly bangs on about 'hard working families' and how he'll look after them - it's the hard working families that he continually taxes to the hilt to pay for the massive DWP bill (logically, who else can pay the taxes?), so all he spouts is pure hypocrisy !
    If you want to look at the true state of the country, consider departmental budgets - if you added Health, Education and Defence together the total wouldn't come near what is spent on the DWP - and that gap is getting bigger.
    Don't also forget that Brown's discredited 'spin-doctor', Charlie Whelan, is also back in Downing Street as the election looms, but in his official capacity as senior representative of UNITE - what does that tell you? - Fairness as a Labour pledge? - Do the maths, people......

  • Comment number 78.

    Lets put it this way:

    How many of their 1997 pledges have they managed to honour?

    (and didn't Brown just go to court to make sure that election pledges weren't in anyway legally binding?)

  • Comment number 79.

    In 1997 he pledged in both the plede card and the manefesto

    NO new taxes and we ill stick to tory spending plans.

    We he do the same this time. Publis his spending plans BEFORE the election and pledge to stick to them.

  • Comment number 80.

    To the person who mentioned that university students are coming out with debt, I am a student, I get no free funding and have to pay back the some 16,000 it has cost me over 4 years. However, why shouldn't I pay for this, I worked in the holidays to help to do so and I have got the benefit of a good qualification in the field I wish to work in. The way it is paid back is incredibly fair given what you get for the money. You pay about £7 a month once you start earning and the interest on it is practically non existent. I feel proud that I accepted no hand outs and will pay back every penny from my hard work. Labour brought in a sensible scheme that meant this was possible.

  • Comment number 81.

    What do I think of Labour's election pledges? I'd give them 5 out of 10.

    I was giving 5 out of 10 for Conservative pledges too, until I saw George Osborne last night on TV, and downgraded them to 2 out of 10!

    The only politician who has inspired me with any confidence so far is Vince Cable!

    I shall be watching the Chancellors debate closely on Monday night to see if I should do some re-grading.

  • Comment number 82.

    mr brown never delivers, the man lost the plot long ago and wish he would just go, as he is a disaster as a leader and inspires as much confidence as a dead fish.....actually that's unfair to the fish

  • Comment number 83.

    "British people first"..... slightly more ambiguous than "British jobs for British people" which of course was another Brown climb down after a snappy PR moment.

    "Well we might try to put British people first so long as we can't think of any reason not to" might be a bit closer to the truth.

  • Comment number 84.

    Why has the BBC made Gordon Brown's election 'pledges' headline news while giving the story that more than two thirds of business leaders think that Alistair Darling is doing a bad job secondary prominence? More blatant pro-Labour bias from the BBC.

  • Comment number 85.

    How about actually fulfilling previous election promises ??

    I see the one about getting everyone out of their cars has not been achieved

  • Comment number 86.

    After you have stopped laughing you realise that they are all the same.
    Same lies, sleaze and hypocrisy. The same sound bites, the same spin and the same disasters.
    Won’t be voting, waste of time and effort.

  • Comment number 87.

    Biggest laugh of the day!! I've just tried to watch Gordon Brown's video of his speech at Nottingham University and got this message:- "The content of this video clip does not seem to be working" Congratulations must go to the Beeb, however by chance this was, for putting the right words in my mouth. No need to comment any further, it sums up both the Labour Party and Gordon Brown in one go!!

  • Comment number 88.

    I don't believ Brown, Cameron, Clegg or anyone. No sooner are they in power, they will do U-turns. Thatcher was master at it, Blair an expert and Brown, well he turned so much one way or the other, that it is difficult to keep track of it.

  • Comment number 89.

    Labour's election pledges do not include any measurable target. As usual they define success, borrowing less than they forecast or exceeding their own target. Stalinist Brown is like a Soviet leader congratulating the Party on heroic percentage increases in tractor production. No change is envisaged and no new idea is announced. All is 'jam tomorrow' and fingers crossed that the nobody remembers the last lot of pledges which included halving child poverty, reducing truancy, increasing social mobility, 'freeing up' banks to lend to British industry, and of course "British jobs for British workers"! Some 'pledges' such as those on increasing prosperity or on immigration imply that the current position that they have brought us to is unacceptable even to them.
    Bankers, chief executives in the NHS, local authorities or the Metropolitan Police are the principal beneficiaries of Labour care and attention to the "British people", receiving protected pensions and bonuses.

    Thatcher, Blair and Brown have destroyed the Great Britain of which I was once so proud replacing 'Honi soit qui mal y pense' with 'Do as you are told or else'!

  • Comment number 90.

    should he not have said--fix what he broke
    did lord mandeleson, blears,smith and the rest of the oversighted cohorts not want to add ---to be honest,not self serving and deliver on old pledges and not to FLIP on the new pledges

  • Comment number 91.

    Labour's pledges are frankly a little vague, just like political parties are most of the time when introducing these sorts of things. How are they going to go about all this? I don't think, like most ignorant people on this biased forum, that these are lies. It is very shallow to think such things of our national leaders. I believe that these are their true aims, but producing the end product is not always easy to achieve, and therefore is not always done...
    New Labour has done alot of fantastic things over the last 13 years; (minimum wage, peace in northern Ireland, devolution, vastly better NHS and reduced waiting times, longest period of sustained low inflation growth since 60s, etc. etc. etc.), see: http://www.leedsnwlabour.co.uk/?q=leedsnw/labour/achievements . My local city of Manchester has change vastly for the better since the late 90s, thanks partly to New Labours policies. People should compare what they have now to back before 1997, and they would see that they are much better off now for them.
    But, it is probably the right time to another party to step into the lime-light. Preferably a party that would put forward some radical reforms of parliament and the political system to get the average person interested and involved in politics once again...

  • Comment number 92.

    As someone who has been unemployed for three years you'll have to excuse me for not even listening to his five pledges. Brown is out for himself, he always has been.

  • Comment number 93.

    More WMD's ( Words of Mass Deception ! ).
    He knows that Labour is finished as a tolerable Political Party so is spinning ( Out of Control ), and 'hoping' that we will all fall for it !

    WHY OH WHY ? After ALL the time of him being Chancellor, and then Prime Minister has he decided to be Fair and Just to the British Public ?

    He might be crackers but I am not ! Neither is the British Public !

    Resign Gordon and collect all those Directorships that in the offing !

    Good Bye !

  • Comment number 94.

    I stopped believing a word Mr Brown said when he said we would get a referendum on the EU and when he arrived in #10, he ignored that pledge, and when he said there would be no more boom bust and jobs for British workers, my husband lost his job and is now forced to work part time because all the local full time jobs are taken up by migrants from the EU.
    And when he said my kids would get a decent education and good quality nursery schooling, I didn't think he meant from the age of 2 1/2 so he could rake in the tax from the parents he forced back to work as a result.
    Labour the party of the family? Gordon Brown looks more and more like the Sheriff of Nottingham trying to think of more ways to fleece us dry. Enough, begone and let someone else stuff up the country for a while!

  • Comment number 95.

    Dreadful. This lot voted themselves a pay rise yet have awarded ZERO to ritired servicmen who are on small pensions - some reward for serving the country. Labour should be shamed out of office!

  • Comment number 96.

    once again this pious, telephone hurling, bullying , sanctimonious, Machiavellian old style politician is spouting the vague drivel that has driven this nation to a target driven economic basket case. How much longer will we have to endure his glowering presence before this nonsense is exposed
    GET RID OF HIM and all those sleazy cohorts of his!!!

  • Comment number 97.

    The Soviet/Communist Party of Russia was arguably a "People's party" too - It spoke of "Fairness" (ie. Redistribution of wealth, Egalitarianism, Social Justice, Income Inequality, and all the other Socialist/Communist bromides), "Community" (above the individual), and put the public sector first (whilst stomping upon the private sector).

    Comrade Brown is surely leading us to ruin.

  • Comment number 98.

    I would exhort every sensible person in the UK to vote out the entire compliment of MP's and replace them with sensible non careerists. The pledges of any given party aren't worth the breath or ink used to proclaim them.
    By the way, the Civil Service - undoubtedly stuffed with stout and impartial personages - could train the new incumbents into the ways of goodness and responsibility.

    Here we go again.

  • Comment number 99.

    I remember that the country was promised a referendum on the Lisbon Treaty, another Labour pledge that was reneged on by this government and its unelected leader. Given that this decision has signed away a significant part of our sovereignty, how can any of us have any confidence that these pledges will be met?

    Go, Gordon. Go.

  • Comment number 100.

    A pre-election pledge made by Blair's Labour Party in 2005 was a statement that a national referendum would be held on UK's membership of the EU. The pledge to hold a referendum was dumped and the Lisbon Treaty was signed behind the electorate's backs. Labour's pledges are as squalid as the financial mess they have created.

 

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