May 29th, 2012

The Full U-Turn List

With a u-turn announced last night on the Pasty Tax and the watering down of caravan taxes and secret courts, Guido thought he’d put together the comprehensive one stop guide to Coalition u-turns:

  • Rape anonymity
  • Selling off the forests
  • Vanity photographer on the public payroll
  • Scrapping school milk for under-5s
  • Scrapping Bookstart
  • Scrapping  the Financial Inclusion Fund
  • Cutting Housing Benefit for long-term jobseekers
  • Immigration target policy reduced to an “ambition”
  • Coastguard cuts
  • Circus animals ban
  • Reduction in BBC World Service cuts
  • Cutting support for disabled people in care homes
  • Scrapping the Office of the Chief Coroner
  • Automatic prison sentences for carrying a knife
  • 50% sentence reductions for an early guilty plea
  • Scrapping the Youth Justice Board
  • Scrapping Domestic Violence Protection Orders
  • Plans to introduce unannounced Ofsted inspections
  • Watering down of Child Benefit cuts
  • Video games tax relief kept after all
  • Scrapping NHS targets
  • Joint Strike Fighter mess
  • Watering down plans to recall MPs
  • Rowing back on Secret Courts
  • Pasty Tax scrapped
  • Caravan Tax watered down

No Plan B though…


  1. 1
    Gutter Snipe says:

    Presumably the immigration point is on there twice because it’s so important ;-)


    • 9
      Spacker Brown says:

      No u-turn on the country going to hell. Direction set by Liebour, full speed ahead under these useless faux Tories.


      • 28
        Cutter Balls says:

        I don’t mind the U-turns, it’s the silly policies in the first place. If they didn’t blunder there’d be no need for a U-turn.


      • 29
        Liam Byrne says:

        “There’s no money left.”


        • 40
          I Remember You Hoo says:

          Can you let Osborne know that.


          • Moscow Mike Handycock says:

            This is a magnificent victory for Liberal Democrat pressure, especially me and others on the left wing of the Party. It is far more important to keep up benefit payments for those who do not deserve them rather than balance the books, as most of them vote for the left. Immigration controls relaxation is also important, as most of the immigrants also vote for the left after they get residency, in fact Liberal Democrat policy is for unlimited immigration. You can send as many as you wish to the Soviet Republic of Portsmouth as they all vote for me, and my ‘boys’ will build flats for them and make millions out of it. Finally the local Newspaper is in my pocket and I have just persuaded them not to accept comments on stories on line without being able to identify the commentators, so that my ‘boys’ can deal with anyone who makes comments against me, great eh? Boaz.


      • 101
        Sir Barrington Minge says:

        This list just shows that the tories are man enough to stand up and say “we got it wrong and will change it”

        Something the simpering Liebour party would never do.


        • 139
          Four-eyed English Genius says:

          Yes, but it would be good if they got rather less wrong n the first place!


        • 155
          Chrispy says:

          The Labour Party were always afraid of doing u turns because they knew that they would be crucified by the right wing newspapers,l something which doesn’t happen to the Tory Government in quite the same way, because they’re “listening to the people”!!!


    • 57
      yeah, right.... says:

      Wasn’t there something about a referendum on the EU treaty somewhere?

      I know it’s insignificant comapred to u-turns on milk and pies and stuff, but some people might have actually believed that he meant it.


      • 115
        Anonymous says:

        Labour promised a referendum as well, and we dont get reminded of it every 5 mins, strange that, isnt it ?


        • 129
          yeah, right.... says:

          Labour aren’t in opposition and in no position to hold such a referendum.

          Ah, I see your point now. The Conservatives aren’t in power either.


    • 74
      Durr... says:

      Maybe it’s because Tory’s didn’t get a majority and entered into a coalition.


      • 147
        thegrauniadisaworthlessrag says:

        Shouldn’t the relative strength of the two parties be reflected in the Governments policies?


    • 88
      filipinomonkey says:

      fgs Dave get a grip man, if I had wanted an incompetent government I would have voted Labour.


      • 145
        Milton Friedman says:

        All Governments are incompetent, do not forget politicians are generally drawn from the ranks of those, who have failed at their chosen career, or those, that have never had a career in the first place. Coupled with the Bureaucracy, that is made up of sub mediocre, self serving, time serving, non entrepreneurial, pen pushers; is it any wonder Government does not work? The psychology of so called democratic elections just swaps one bunch of incompetents for another and the ever hopeful electorate, hope that ‘this time it will be better,’ it never is. I said many years ago ‘put any Government in charge of the Sahara Desert and it will run out of sand in five years,’ this is as true today as it was when I said it. Want proof? Look at all European Countries including the UK, the US and other so called democracies, fast tracking to self obliteration through lack of fiscal control, lack of proper management, corruption and misuse of taxpayer’s money. Hope? There is none!


        • 148
          Descartes says:

          Well said Milton. I said over three hundred years ago “any person putting themselves forward for service in public life (politics), should be banned from it, on the basis they have put themselves forward.” Also as true today, if not worse, as it was when I said it.


    • 100
      M says:

      why don’t the coalition stop the subsidised food & drink the MPs trough up how much would that raise for the exchequer and popular too nationwide ?


    • 123
      Sophie says:

      Clueless Cameron.

      Vote UKIP


  2. 2
    Dave flip-flop says:

    I shall announce in the house today that there will be NO MORE U TURNS! Actually I think there will have to be a few! Can I u-turn on that u-turn?


  3. 4
    Nick Clegg says:

    I find U-Turns leave a nasty skid-mark in your pants.


  4. 7
    Artie Fufkin says:



  5. 8
    Nothing better to do says:

    No proper planning, no ideology, no grit, no determination, no point.

    The last real man in the Conservative party carried a handbag (in public) and was prepared to use it.


  6. 10
    Yellow Peril says:

    Notice how most of the balls-ups that require a u turn are Tory ideas. Clearly its the liberals who provide the common sense policies in the coalition.

    Stand back whilst Guido and, it appears, most of the ferociously right wing visitors to this site spontaneously combust!

    Can’t dispute the facts though guys; can’t dispute the facts…….


  7. 11
    Owain Glyndwr says:

    Sod the u turns what about the love fest between leveson,jay and bliar,
    leveson was so it has been suggested in charge of bliar’s script


    • 36
      Forkbender says:

      What suprised me at the Leveson enquiry was how submissive Leveson appeared to be the the of B’Liar, I thought that very unusual in a High Court judge, almost begging B’Liar to forgive the court for the rumpuss, true the interjection from the intruder should not have happened, but judging by a lot of the comments on this blog the intruder’s interjections were wildly agreed with.


  8. 12
    Gissa Clue says:

    Can you now compile a list of ‘promises’ he has actually carried through with no U-turns?


  9. 13
    Mornington Crescent says:

    The only U-turn I wish he would make is going into Government with the LimpDums.


  10. 15
    Alexandra says:



  11. 16
    Dave (i wish i was TBs brother) Cam says:

    sorry too busy watching Tony yesterday – wasn’t he great – I might be like him one day



  12. 17
    a non says:

    “No Plan B though”
    There will never be a Plan B. It will always be a Plan A / 1, Plan A / 2……..etc when George eventually gets around to pulling his finger out, and circumstances allow it.
    Obviously any minor change will be seized upon by all as a further U turn or failing of government policy but stuff em. At least the coalition do not have a blank sheet of paper.


  13. 18
    Tuscan Tony says:

    The core of the problem is not an ideological failure of “left” or “right”, it’s simply the state has far too much say in almost everything that goes on and inevitably can’t keep its eye(s) on the myriad spinning plates. Roll its functions back to say 10-15% of GDP and do a great job with that. At present being Prime Minister is akin to running about 8 British Petroleums simultaneously, a challenge compounded by by the fact the managers’ (PM, Cabinet, MPs) private sector real world experience is usually limited to gigs like “Press Officer” for Carlton TV or whatever.

    Same applies for Obama.


    • 27
      Buster Gut says:

      cooldn’t agree more.


    • 60
      yeah, right.... says:

      Yep. Maintain a sound currency, defend our shores (and stop meddling beyond them) and…er…. thats about it.

      Shouldn’t cost more than £200bn a year.


    • 61
      Forkbender says:

      You have to admit though Obamha was and worked as an attorney for some time, Cammers PR for a short time and Gideon a short time a data inputter for the NHS for a very short time, otherwise the rest of the time in the westminister village


    • 70
      Deranged Socialist says:

      Good summary. The BPs of the world generally employ the smartest cookies in the village, unlike some of the MPs we have in charge of our shareholding.


    • 92
      Sir Aston Martin says:

      You are quite right of course, TT, but overlook the fact that politicians are in it for themselves.


  14. 19

    Shouldn’t the crack-down on Parliamentary expenses be in there somewhere?


  15. 20
    Nothing better to do says:

    Hey Guido what about the EU and IMF U turns?


  16. 21
    The last Quango in Paris says:

    So have we saved any money then?


  17. 22
    Synic says:

    When is the u-turn on the gay marriage proposal going to occur. Or is that something close to Dave’s heart?


  18. 23
    Davyclegg says:

    It’s all those overpaid civil servants and SPADs that gave us such crap advice. It’s not our fault.


  19. 24
    Auntie Margaret says:

    U-Turn if you want to, you pathetic little boys. It won’t make any difference in the short term. Unfortunately this LabLibCon mess will have to get still worse before the Right people will get into power.


    • 32
      Anonymous says:

      Thatcher was slated for not turning, now the Con Dems are slated because they have.
      Shame Labour didn’t U turn on a few of their dreadful decisions while in power- they wouldn’t have left such a financial mess.


  20. 30
    nellnewman says:

    I thought johnmajor’s government was wet enough but this lot are giving weak government a new meaning.

    cameron needs to go out and get a backbone.


    • 42
      lol says:

      Still applying the quaint blue rinse dear? Dream on!


    • 54
      Forkbender says:

      Nell, Cammers wants to think things through before announcing policies, it does save an awful lot of egg on face, and doing U-turns which make him and his band look weak or undecisive


  21. 33

    What about the Lisbon Treaty?
    What about ‘no more money for the euro’?


  22. 35

    Did we actually vote this Fuckwit into office ?


  23. 37
    Hugh Turner MP says:

    I seem to be trending on Twitter


  24. 39
    screw the lot of them says:

    Fucking useless bunch of wankers.


  25. 41

    More transparency of MP’s expences


  26. 43
    Forkbender says:

    The trouble they get these ideas and say to themselves, “Hey that sounds like a jolly good wheeze, we’ll implement that”, they do not understand that for every action there is a reaction, otherwise unforeseen circumstances come the surface, with resulting egg on faces.


  27. 44
    Hang The Bastards says:

    Cameron – a fucking walking disaster.

    Time for a real Tory Government – I’m voting UKIP me.


  28. 45
    UKIPMAN says:

    The country has been reduced to arguing the merits of pasty taxes because all the big decisions are out of the governments hands and in the hands of unelected bureaucrats and judges on the continent. Think about it.


  29. 46
    Roland Butter says:

    Do a pie chart featuring the pasty tax Mr Fawkes


  30. 48
    Sir William Waad says:

    I think you can only expect a period of competent government once every 30 or 40 years. Meanwhile, the world gets on with its business and things, on balance, improve because of new discoveries and capital investment. It’s very much five steps forward and four back, but generally the most we can hope for from governments is that we can survive their cock-ups.


  31. 50
    just asking says:

    Interesting piece by Lance Price in the Independent.
    Will he be called before Leveson to give evidence about Labour’s relationship with Murdoch ?


  32. 51
    Englebert Humperdunk says:

    Dave is less popular than an old fart in a song contest


  33. 52
    mattwardman2000 says:

    VAT on Listed Buildings package


  34. 53
    i says:

    The man is simply not a leader he has no vision or foresight.

    He is from an extremely privileged background and his work history is in PR.

    He cannot think more the 24 hours in advance and that is the problem people are being asked to finance in their taxes.


  35. 56
    Cast Iron Ditherer says:

    I’ve had to cancel my summit on u-turns due to…..well err….a u-turn!


  36. 63
    Taxfodder says:

    This Prime Minister lark is obviously a little bit tricky, TIP! a good u turn would be to boot out Osbourne and bring in somebody…anybody with a working brain and an actual ability and drive to get the economy moving forward.

    We can all sit on our arses spending cash on thinking up daft new taxes, happy with that if we are all moving forward…but then if you ain’t got a clue I suppose taxing the poor and careful pensioners is your duffers fall back position.

    Coalition slogan should read

    “all failing together”

    Success at last!


  37. 65
    Steve Miliband says:

    Under 13 years of Labour they never made a tough decision. It was always give, give, give. Spend, spend, spend.

    The Tories have to take,take,take. They also have the LD’s watering down everything.

    It’s a piece of cake being in Government when you just spend money to keep everyone happy


  38. 67
    Nom Dom Nom says:

    Pathetic spineless bunch of ditherers. Worst gummint we have had for years (apart from last lot)

    Get some people in with real world experience who understand that all these U-turns actually cost a lot of money just to do fuck all (not to mention looking like tossers)


  39. 71
    A message from Cameron, Clegg, and Osborne says:


  40. 80
    wonkotsane says:

    Two months ago we had no pasty tax or caravan tax, now we’re having both albeit watered down. Not much of a u-turn but that’s to be expected as it’s all about compliance with EU VAT rules.


    • 156
      Marion the cat says:

      I thought they said it was being done for compliance with EU rules. Seems they can drop it anyhow. So what about the EU rules they have complied with because of legislation. Someone is telling porkies. We need our entire politcal system cleaned up.

      Let’s try for starters.
      1) Reacall of MPs
      2) Instant dismisal (with no pension rights) if caught lying.
      3) MPs to BE chosen from the public in primaries (not party lickspittles)


  41. 81
    Owain Glyndwr says:

    On a more serious subject which we all should be concerned about


  42. 82
    U Turn if you want ....The Gentleman IS for turning says:

    No backtrack on Granny Tax though…..yet


  43. 84
    Lord of the Manor says:

    Yes, I rather think the EU Referendum betrayal rather surpasses some of those u-turns on your list, old boy.


    • 149
      thegrauniadisaworthlessrag says:

      You’re one of the rabid extremists old Ken is rambling on about!


  44. 85

    How long are we prepared to put up with these fuckers ?

    It’s ironic that the very people who imposed the Pasty tax are the same fat loathsome bastards who will be sitting down to gourmet meals at a fraction of the cost
    paid for by people who have to make do with a fucking pasty !


  45. 98
    Ah! Monika says:

    Repeal of Fox-hunting?


  46. 99
    Ah! Monika says:

    Ah! Monika says:
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    May 29, 2012 at 9:24 am
    Rep3al of Fox-hunting?


    • 106
      not known for my attention-span says:

      To whole p e a and r i c e thing was a stroke of genius on the part of our host and is not at all annoying.


  47. 102
    Fur Trade Fare Trader Of Fair Trade U turns says:

    I’m making a fortune. Fair enough?


  48. 104
    Shaving brush says:

    The planned badger cull will be the next U turn once the protests by ordinary folk start


  49. 107
    Major Nobody says:

    What about the Military Covenant? Massive U-turn which showed this Government’s true feelings towards our forces.


  50. 109
    John says:

    And these are pretty trivial compared with the sanctity of Plan A…


  51. 111
    Baron Hogwash says:

    Will we get another photo shoot with Red Ed scoffing a pasty or two into his gob?


  52. 113
    El Jezza says:

    Cameron is verily the Grand Old Duke of York.

    What next?


  53. 119

    No police offices will be prosecuted for accepting bribes in phone hacking case
    fucking spineless bastard CPS


  54. 126
    Owain Glyndwr says:

    Not clear but do the back benchers need only 43 signatures to trigger an election contest for the leader of the party, if true that means the rest of the tories agree with the present libdem leader call me dave


  55. 130
    Serge Gainsbourg from the grave says:

    Dave is Duty Manager for Eurozone 7 (formerly the UK) and so has bigger fish to fry than placating zone 7’s general population. To this end he needs to extract as much resource and shoulder-to-the-wheel effort as possible in his principal duty of shoring up the great European project. The daft, obscurantist taxes and renegable pledges are just window dressing.


  56. 132
    polythesis says:

    From day one a weak and ineffectual social democrat regime utterly determined to honour the terms and conditions of the euroslime treaties nodded through when they were in opposition come what may. We do not have a government, we have a puppet show reduced to flogging betrayal as reforms. We see a puppet regime desperately trying to give the appearance of governing while simply being carried along by the civil service instituting and setting up direct rule from Brussels, a regime reduced to trying to sell the most pathetic and trivial actions as government business when in fact they have all the power and authority of a minor Stonybridge parish council.

    Suffocating treaties that bind the coalition like a spiders web, restricting their actions and limiting so called reforms to EU policy synchronisation. Abiding by treaties previously signed by such notable figures like McMental when they could have ripped up these treaties and flushed them down the toilet and the puffed kommissars could have done NOTHING. And that is the EU fallacy in a nutshell, its a series of freely entered into treaties and nothing more. The incoming government has the power to simply rip up treaties as and when parliament decides so to do.

    Well, the regime is determined to go down fighting to stick by the surrender terms of previous treaties with the EU, utterly determined that come what may they will obey every stipulation and demand emanating from Brussels. So determined in fact that as the EU sinks our regime will drown themselves and us as they follow the EU into the abyss. The question is why would this regime display that kind of fanatical to the death loyalty when they plainly have not a shred for us and our country?

    What moves them I wonder, what hold does the EU have over them that the likes of Ken Clarke could openly spit in the faces of his own grass roots when he claims that only a tiny number of extreme right wingers want an EU referendum. Do people like him have any idea of the kind of rage and anger that statements like his will have on his own party? The regime big wigs dont even try to hide their hatred and contempt for their own supporters anymore almost as if they think that they will soon no longer need them at all. The party itself is shrinking by the day and you have to wonder whether the leadership have decided they no longer need a grass roots at all. The lower they sink in the polls the more arrogant and condescending they become, I just dont get it, it defies logic.


  57. 135
    Max Biaggi says:

    You left out Clegg’s Great Repeal Act. All that lovely consultation, nice shiny website which led to…. errrr…. Feck all.


  58. 136
    Rob's Uncle says:

    You have got 26 u-turns. Jon Snow claims to have found 45 at least but doesn’t list them:


  59. 137
    YorkshireLad says:

    Is it accurate to say that Cameron is more ineffectual than Heath?


  60. 144
    EJB says:

    Although strictly speaking it is handled arms-length by the BoE, I’d maybe add Quantitative Easing to the list? Pretty big rhetorical U-Turn, not only given Osborne’s famous remarks in 2009, but also Vince Cable’s similar insights at the time (denouncing it as “Mugabe economics”)


    • 146
      EJB says:

      Oh, also, deficit reduction within one parliament was kind of a biggie, come to think of it!


  61. 153
    mark wouters says:

    Its the Tories that brought the British empire to its Knees,theyre at it again !


    • 158
      GlobalGaz says:

      Err, actually I think it was the Japanese in ’42…Singapore – the beginning of the end of the Empire. Oh yes, and Labour over the past 50 years or so…and Maggie as well, when she alienated NZ by backing French agriculture instead, as well as the ongoing distancing of the ‘former’ Commonwealth in general.

      Oh and since I’m at it – if there are so many U-Turns, is it not because we have a govt that ‘listens’ to people and changes according to their will? Part of the make-up of a coalition…

      Off for another wee lie down.


  62. 157
    PC clitoris says:

    I wish camaroon would make one more u turn.If he just turned round and disapeared up his own arsehole we would all be a lot better off!!!


  63. 159
    Michael Goodier says:

    Add Charity Tax Cap U Turn (Today) to this list- I think it should be regularly updated!!


  64. 160
    emperor von Rumpuy says:

    Dave’s my little puppet

    He obediently performed a U-turn on cast iron guarantee


  65. 161
    Bugler Bert says:

    U-Turns? How many Liebour-loving Civil Servants are feeding false advice to Dave & George? If you can say five per u-turn that means at least seventy-five back-stabbing cruds. Also if you include the LIbDems it is a wonder that anything gets done. On a second point, if Hunt bis getting blasted on a technical point, what about that slob Watson, whats sauce for the gander……..


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