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January 9, 2013 11:29 am
David Cameron is to publish a midterm audit of the UK coalition’s successes and failures – something that was left out when the prime minister renewed his vows with coalition partner Nick Clegg earlier this week.
According to a report in the Daily Telegraph on Wednesday, Mr Cameron will admit that the coalition has failed to fulfil more than 70 pledges in a document which was not published on Monday, apparently because the government feared unfavourable press coverage.
The document suggests the annex could be “published without fanfare” on the government’s website. But a Downing Street aide said he did not recognise the figure of 70 pledges missed and that the document would be published on Wednesday afternoon.
The existence of the annexes of the Mid Term Review – which runs to about 100 pages – only emerged when one of Mr Cameron’s senior advisers carried a document listing the advantages and disadvantages of releasing it into Downing Street on Tuesday, the Daily Telegraph reported.
Patrick Rock, Mr Cameron’s political adviser, was seen carrying a “restricted” document which said that the annex identified “problematic areas” and could lead to “unfavourable copy” identifying “broken pledges”, the newspaper reported on Wednesday.
The coalition has already conceded it failed in its target to clear the structural deficit by the next election in 2015, as well as in its aim to reform the House of Lords and to stop top-down reorganisations of the National Health Service.
Many other policies are still a “work in progress” with some worried about the complexity of the new universal benefit, a potential row over Europe and a challenging target to bring immigration down.
But the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition has achieved three key promises – raising the threshold for when workers start paying income tax, returning City regulation powers from the Financial Services Authority to the Bank of England and agreeing to ringfence retail banks from investment banking services.
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