The normally slavishly-supporting Daily Mail newspaper has published a full blown attack on the ConDem regime which accused David Cameron’s government of “lying, scheming and cheating” just like Labour.
The eye-opening attack is contained in a column in the newspaper written by longtime correspondent Peter Oborne entitled ‘Government by deceit: Not a day goes by without the Coalition breaking election pledges. They could Truly be Blair's heirs.’
In the article, Mr Oborne said that less “than three months into the new government” it is “already necessary to ask a very troubling question: has the cheating and deception of the New Labour years truly gone away?”
Mr Oborne pointed out that David Cameron once “happily declared that he was the 'heir to Blair'.
“If the evidence of the past few weeks is anything to go by, it is sadly the case that, just like Blair, he is happy to break his word on an enormous scale,” the Mail correspondent wrote.
The recent series of 180-degree turns by Mr Cameron seems to have sparked off the Daily Mail’s attack.
Mr Oborne said that the news that the ConDem regime has “put on hold plans for a new £200 million fund to enable NHS patients to acquire state of the art cancer-fighting drugs” was the latest of the policy reversals.
“Yet during the election campaign the Tories went out of their way to pledge that cancer sufferers will get the drugs they need to stay alive - but now it emerges that this will not happen until next April at the earliest,” Mr Oborne wrote.
Health Secretary Andrew Lansley has “already established a dreadful record as a serial fibber,” the article continued.
“Take for example Gordon Brown's plan to force pensioners to pay a compulsory charge towards their nursing care.
“During the election campaign Lansley pledged to do away with what he called a 'death tax'. Here is what Lansley said last February: 'Gordon Brown's death tax is not only a very bad policy, it is an extremely unfair policy: it penalises those very people in our society that we should be rewarding.'
“There is no doubt at all that thousands of elderly and in some cases vulnerable voters will have decided to cast their vote for the Tories after reading or hearing Lansley's eloquent words,” Mr Oborne wrote.
“But then last Thursday we learnt that the Health Secretary is preparing to go back on his promise. With the general election safely out of the way, and the votes in the bag, Lansley has appointed an 'independent' commission to consider a compulsory charge to fund nursing care.”
Mr Oborne went on to point out that during the election campaign, Mr Lansley specifically ruled out “major structural reforms” to the NHS.
“But ten days ago [Mr] Lansley ripped up that pledge with the announcement of the end of primary care trusts in what has been billed as the biggest NHS shake-up in 60 years.
“The new government is less than three months old and already we've learnt one very useful maxim: whenever Lansley opens his mouth it's best to assume, unless there's overwhelming proof to the contrary, that he's not telling the truth,” the Mail continued.
“But Lansley's not the only minister who's proven to be untrustworthy. Let's look at the worrying case of Caroline Spelman who last month pledged to 'scrap Labour's bin bully policies of bin cuts, bin fines and bin taxes'. This sounded good. Then on July 15 Environment Secretary Mrs Spelman coolly ditched this manifesto commitment by giving local councils the freedom to introduce bin taxes.
“Transport Minister Philip Hammond is cooking up secret plans to make pensioners wait an extra five years for a free bus pass. This move will deeply embarrass David Cameron, who dismissed Labour allegations that the Tories would slash free bus travel as 'pure and simple lies' during the election campaign.
“Virtually every day comes another untruth, misleading statement or broken promise.
“During the election campaign the Tories noisily denied they had any plans to raise VAT - then George Osborne lifted it by 2.5 per cent to 20 per cent at the first opportunity.
“The Tories have reneged on their manifesto commitments to cut inheritance tax, to protect motorists against volatile oil prices through a 'fuel tax stabiliser', to dump Labour's Digital Economy Act, to replace the Human Rights Act - and much else besides,” Mr Oborne wrote.
Will the Tory press barons ever accept that the party they support is just as crooked and as rotten as Labour? Don’t hold your breath.