One of the worst ideas in circulation is to make manifestos legally binding, nailing parties to pre-election promises. The danger is that politics will increasingly end up in the courts, with judges, not voters, in charge. Democracy needs politicians to be judged in the court of public opinion.
Oh, right, so those \”legally binding reductions in carbon emissions\” are simply nonsense then, the legal requirements to consider gender in the impact of policies buffoonish and the law insisting upon a reduction in child poverty simply anti-democratic?
Good, well, glad we\’ve got that sorted out then.