Skuds has an example of a the following phenomenon:
- Before the election, Labour gets wind that the Tories have some policy that we think people won’t like.
- Labour puts out a leaflet suggesting that the Tories may do this thing
- The Tories go apeshit, claiming that the leaflet is lies and scaremongering
- The Tories form the next government in coalition with the Lib Dems
- The coalition starts to suggest or even roll out the very policy that they denied they were thinking of and accused Labour of underhandedness for talking about
This one is about the new proposals to stop the use of secure tenancy for council housing:
There was also the refusal by Cameron to promise to keep to the two weeks to get an appointment if you have a suspected cancer.
And the whole thing about how the cuts will affect frontline services even though the Tories denied that they would.
I’m sure there are more. This is not new, either. Before the 1979 election the [i]Daily Mail[/i] printed a list of ‘Labour Lies’ from campaign literature. Several of them turned out to be pretty much on the mark. One that was not quite as predicted was that the Tories would double VAT. They increased it from 8% to 15%, which is of course a whole 1% short of double.