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“The Chancellor has ordered ministers to identify savage cuts to departmental budgets - despite promising before the election that "no department will be cut next year"”

This is why people switch off from politics. Pledges & promises are meaningless.…
I have an idea.

Any time a politician wishes to make a pledge - it goes into a register alongside a personal punishment if broken (sacking, substantial fine, etc)

No agreed register entry? The pledge is not official.

The terms of the pledge are written in a contractual way...
...and the Register is overseen by an arms-length body.

This way, a pledge has legal & contractual meaning, clear to the public. The severity of the punishment chosen indicates the seriousness of their commitment.

This is how politicians could be held genuinely to account.
So, should politicians make no entries here, it can clearly be said that any pledges or promises - however earnestly expressed - are non-committal in the most obvious way.

And for promises broken on the register, there is not only punishment per se - it becomes legal record.
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