The Ten (Well, Six) Commitments: Is Stone Legally Binding?


Ed Miliband recently unveiled a tablet with six guarantees, literally set in stone, that, if he is Prime Minister will commit to.

It was one of the odder events of the campaign trail, receiving mixed reviews and will likely receive many a chuckle from political pundits in year to come on future Newsnights or Daily Politics, but there’s a more serious question to be drawn from this.

Clearly, one of the primary causes of political apathy towards politicians has been the perceived idea that they do not deliver on their promises. After all, what is a man but his word? And it seems to have created a culture of distrust between voter and representative.

A common, often pointless question on Question Time and the leaders debates, has been: “How do we know you’re going to keep to your promises?”, to which the politician offers some spiel that really doesn’t matter because ultimately, we don’t know that they won’t, because there’s no way of guaranteeing that they’ll stick to their word. I guess life’s just unpredictable like that.

The Ultimate Commitment
The Ultimate Commitment

Surely though, if politicians were so ready to offer these policies as guarantees, then they would be equally as confident in putting pen to paper and signing a legally binding contract? That would circumvent the whole issue of not trusting politicians and make voting a much simpler process.

I’m no lawyer, and of course circumstances change so it’s not always possible to predict whether policies will be appropriate at a certain point in the future, but it sounds feasible enough. The party leader would gather the signatures of every supporter of a certain policy within his party and demonstrate a legal commitment, or else face serious repercussions such being forced to resign and not stand for re-election following the five year term, with a possible fine thrown in for good measure.

Like I said, I’m not studying law, so those who do can be left to work out the particulars and determine the feasibility of such a venture, but one way or another, the fact cannot be avoided that there is a crisis of confidence amongst voters with regards to politicians, and something needs to be done about it and hopefully will be, but at this moment in time, I couldn’t possibly make any promises.


A Sacred Vow?
A Sacred Vow?
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