In the autumn of 1999 the then secretary of state for education, the "Right Honourable" David Blunkett MP, was taken to the High Court for breaking his pre-election promise not to abolish the assisted places scheme for pupils who were already on it.
He got off, Mr Justice Kay ruling that pre-election promises are irrelevant. Right Honourable; it makes one proud to be British.
So offer us no promises, Mr Balls; make us no pledges, Mr Gove; for we know that they are cheap, cynical ploys to hook the votes of a disaffected and disenfranchised electorate.
Phil Delnon, Supply teacher, Swanscombe, Kent.