101 broken promises, U-turns and failures which have haunted David Cameron and Nick Clegg since 2010.
But, since their matey press conference in the sunshine of Downing Street’s Rose Garden, they have presided over five years of economic disasters.
There’s an NHS crisis and the most vulnerable have been hit hardest by savage cuts. But those on the highest tax band were given a break with the abolition of the 50% rate.
From the Bedroom Tax to immigration and politicians behind bars, our list reveals missed targets, broken pledges, sleaze and billions of pounds wasted.
It shows cruel policies, dodgy practices and countless foolish blunders.
1. Deficit still at a staggering £80billion despite Tory election pledge to balance the books by 2015.
2. National debt still rising after five years of Coalition and now standing at almost £1.4trillion.
3. Osborne has overspent his plans by £200billion and borrowed more than Labour did in 13 years of government.
4. Britain’s productivity rate is still miserably low and is now 21% lower than average output of other G7 countries.
5. Treasury is still missing out on a shocking £34billion a year through tax avoidance despite a promised clampdown.
6. Major firms say constant Tory threats to leave the EU are damaging long-term investment in Britain.
7. More than three-quarters of a million young people still out of work – and rising
8. House prices are still spiralling out of control, far beyond the reach of most first-time buyers. The average house price is now £188,858 according to the Halifax, seven times the average wage of £27,271 (ONS)
9. Tough decision on a new airport runway for London and the South East kicked into the long grass until after the election
10. Iain Duncan Smith’s failed ‘Work Programme’ leaves more than 650,000 people OUT of work for more than a year.
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11. This has been the first Parliament since the 1920s where living standards fell rather than rose
12. Average households in Britain are now £1,600-a-year worse off than in 2010
13. Family finances hammered by a surprise VAT hike to 20% – despite Tory claims that they had “no plans” for a tax rise.
14. Energy bills have soared by more than a third since 2010 – far above wage rises.
15. Average rents up by 13% since the last election – far above wage rises.
16. Water bills up 12.5% since the last election – far above wage rises.
17. Number of workers trapped on exploitative zero-hours contracts has soared since 2010, and is now at 1.4million. They earn £300 a week less than permanent colleagues, according to the TUC.
18. National minimum wage still 21% lower than the £7.85-an-hour experts say is needed for basic standard of living
19. Rail fares up nearly 25% since the last election – far above wage rises.
20. The richest 1% of Britons now own the same amount of wealth as 54% of the population.
21. £3billion wasted on a top-down reorganisation of the NHS that nobody voted for.
22. More privatisation of our cherished health service following hated Health and Social Care Act. The BMA says that a third of nearly 3,500 NHS contracts went to private firms.
23. Waiting time for cancer treatment at a six-year high.
24. A&E departments in meltdown with key targets missed week after week.
25. Proportion of people who get to see a GP within 48 hours slumps from 80% to 40%.
26. NHS bosses forced to find £5billion of cuts despite greater pressure on services
27. Average ambulance response time 25% slower than in 2010
28. More than 3 million patients waiting for operations – up 25% since 2010
29. NHS staff suffering work-related stress soars to nearly 40%
30. Nearly 10,000 hospital beds axed since the last election
31. Infants taught in over-sized classes of more than 30 pupils rockets 200% since 2010
32. More than 13,000 primary school children now taught in classes of over 40 kids
33. University students hammered with £9,000-a-year tuition fees despite Lib Dem promise not to hike fees.
34. The Tories’ pet ‘free school’ projects divert cash away from needier areas with school place shortages – a third of funding for school places, or £1.7bn, in 2014/15. According to the NUT, free schools are three times more likely to employ unqualified teachers and just 67% were rated good or outstanding by Ofsted, compared to 80% of state schools.
35. Hard-working teachers suffered constant attacks from meddling ex-Education Secretary Michael Gove who criticised them at every turn
36. Plans to build more than 700 new schools across Britain brutally axed in 2010
37. Vital education maintenance allowance to support the neediest students was scrapped in 2011
38. Teachers hammered by real-terms wages cuts year after year
39. Tories forced to backtrack on plans to slash schools sports funding by more than £100million shortly before the London Olympics
40. Even free school milk for the under-fives was axed – and then reinstated after a public outcry
41. The Tories’ cruel and vindictive Bedroom Tax has hammered the most vulnerable in society. The Tax is costing 500,000 households an average £700 extra a year. One in three victims are disabled and 60,000 are carers. Sixty per cent were in rent arrears as a result.
42. Disabled people have faced the misery of unfair assessments by fit-to-work firm Atos. Atos pulled out of the contract last year, saying the government tests were not fair on claimants. In 2012 over 42% of appeals against the company’s assessments were upheld.
43. Annual cuts to benefits for the needy as George Osborne pegs annual increases below inflation
44. Massive backlogs of sick people waiting to be assessed for benefits due to blunders at the Department of Work and Pensions
45. Councils forced to slash funding for elderly care after losing a quarter of their own budgets since 2010. Cuts of £1.1bn mean the number of elderly people receiving care fell by nearly 30% from 1,230,625 under Labour to 849,280 now.
46. Brutal benefit sanctions regime introduced which punishes the poorest in society by withdrawing their money for weeks at a time. Campaigners say sanctions have also been used to massage jobless figures.
47. Theresa May’s landmark child abuse inquiry still not underway more than eight months after it was set up
48. Child poverty soars by 300,000 under this Government
49. Flagship Universal Credit scheme has been a dismal failure and is now years overdue. Iain Duncan Smith pledged a million people would be claiming it by April 2014 – the real number was 11,070
50. Almost one million people now turning to food banks due to brutal cuts in support. The number of working people claiming housing benefit up by 60% since 2010.
51. Nearly 500 public libraries closed or abandoned for volunteers to keep afloat since the last election.
52. More than 2,000 youth workers axed and at least 350 youth centres closed across the country since 2010.
53. Vital bus services relied upon by the young, poor and elderly cut by 50% in some areas due to massive town hall funding cuts.
54. Children’s lives put at risk with more than 1,000 lollipop ladies sacked – even though they earn just £3,000 a year
55. House-building slumps to its lowest peacetime level since the 1920s.
56. Pub closures soar with Britain now losing 29 community pubs every week.
57. More than 500 Sure Start centres axed since the last election – despite Tory promises they would be saved
58. More than 3.3million young people aged 20-34 forced to live with their parents – up 16% since 2010
59. David Cameron’s dream of creating a ‘Big Society’ of volunteers falls flat and is quietly dropped.
60. Funding brutally cut to councils in the poorest inner-city areas while wealthy Tory town halls receive extra cash
61. David Cameron’s pledge to cut net immigration to the ‘tens of thousands’ in tatters as it soars beyond 260,000 people per year
62. The bungling Home Office loses tracks of 174,000 illegal immigrants – and admit many of them will never be found.
63. Chaos at the Passport Office after massive staff cuts left thousands of families unable to go on holiday in 2014.
64. Customs checks for dangerous drugs and weapons at Britain’s borders scaled back due to staff shortages
65. British citizenship handed out to criminals from abroad without any proper background checks
66. Shameful ‘Go Home’ vans sent into ethnic communities in an attempt to weed out illegal immigrants
67. Almost 650,000 records of potential drug and tobacco smuggling ‘deleted’ from Government computers without being followed up
68. Coalition pledge to introduce exit checks at UK borders has still not been met after five years in power
69. Almost £1billion wasted on the failed ‘eBorders’ IT system which was supposed to modernise border control.
70. Unknown numbers of people entered the UK unchallenged during a secret 2011 pilot scheme to relax mandatory checks.
71. British Army slashed to just 80,000 troops by 2020 – its lowest level for 200 years.
72. Soldiers sacked, army barracks shut down and sold off and 300-year-old brigades disbanded in the biggest Army cuts in decades.
73. Vital decision on renewing Trident nuclear weapons system kicked into the long grass after a fierce Coalition row.
74. More than £100million wasted on a costly U-turn over the type of fighter planes purchased for Britain’s new aircraft carrier.
75. Police numbers axed by 15,000 staff in just five years – the biggest police cuts of any country in Europe.
76. Police and Crime Commissioner elections prove an expensive mistake as just 15% of people bother to turn out to vote
77. London’s Deputy Mayor Stephen Greenhalgh, Boris’s right-hand man in charge of policing, warns Scotland Yard still does not have enough cash to keep Britain safe from terror attacks in 2015.
78. Theresa May forced into an embarrassing U-turn over terror control orders after admitting key measures which were dropped by the Coalition are actually essential to keep Britain safe.
79. British prisons in crisis with overcrowding, prison escapes, staff assaults and inmate suicides all soaring under Justice Secretary Chris Grayling.
80. Public safety put at risk as right-winger Mr Grayling puts the vital probation service into the hands of private companies.
81. The Conservative Party is still funded by a bunch of City fatcats and tycoons – who benefited from a millionaires’ tax cut from George Osborne.
82. Sleazy Lib Dem David Laws was forced to quit as Treasury Secretary just days after being appointed over his expenses claims – but was still handed a new Government job two years later.
83. Fellow Lib Dem Chris Huhne was also forced to quit the Cabinet and later jailed after lying to cops about a speeding rap.
84. A Coalition pledge to reform the out-of-date House of Lords was dropped due to opposition from Tory backbenchers
85. David Cameron gave his firm backing to expenses shame Culture Secretary Maria Miller – shortly before she was forced to resign in disgrace.
86. And he made disgraced newspaper editor Andy Coulson the chief spin doctor in Number 10 – shortly before he too was forced to resign.
87. Peerages were handed out to wealthy businessmen who have donated large sums of money to the Tories and Lib Dems
88. Tory peer Lord Haningfield was caught by the Mirror repeatedly ‘clocking in’ for short periods of time to scoop his £300-a-day House of Lords allowance
89. Tory Defence Secretary Liam Fox was forced to resign in 2011 over his close links with lobbyist Adam Werrity.
90. David Cameron promised to end ‘Punch and Judy’ politics at PMQs – but now calls his opponents childish names every week
91. David Cameron promised he would lead the ‘Greenest Government Ever’ – and then told pals after the election he would ‘cut the green crap’
92. The Tories appointed a right-wing Environment Secretary, Owen Paterson, who didn’t believe in climate change.
93. The botched badger cull saw thousands of animals butchered at a cost of £3,350 per head – without having the desired effect.
94. Bungling Tories were forced to drop plans to sell off Britain’s forests to private firms after a huge public outcry.
95. After claiming to back renewable energy, David Cameron announced he wants a moratorium on all future onshore wind farms.
96. Government support for people installing solar panels was halved in 2011, leading to a 90% cut in demand.
97. The Tories’ flagship ‘Green Deal’ scheme of energy efficient home improvements was a disastrous flop, with just 132 people signing up in the first eight months.
98. George Osborne attacked “costly” green energy and backed risky fracking for shale gas instead.
99. Air pollution levels have got worse in British towns and cities despite Government pledges to reduce toxic fumes.
100. Massive cuts to flood defence budgets in 2010 left Britain badly exposed to repeated flooding in the years that followed.
101. The PM is trying to chicken out of TV election debates – despite admitting that trying to avoid them would be “feeble”.
Source: Daily Mirror 26th Jan 2015