Britain’s election season is always marked by banner ads reminding us of the perils of voting for the other party. While this year is no exception, the quality of the claims seems even lower than usual.
From Labour threatening to break your legs unless you vote for them, to the Conservatives taking wild guesses at its opponent’s policies, it’s looking like it could be an eventful season for spin-busters out there.
We’ve collected the worst offenders we’ve seen so far.
Did we miss any? Let us know in the comments.
But here's what David Cameron actually said when asked by Labour leader Ed Miliband to rule out a VAT rise: 'Straight answers deserves straight questions, and the answer's yes!'
It's a good thing the Conservatives are above such tactics. Clearly they did some serious research into their claim that Labour would raise taxes by £3,028, right?
Well, this is what the independent Institute for Fiscal Studies had to say: 'There is little value in bandying around numbers which suggest either party would increases taxes by an average of £3,000 for each working household...neither of the two main parties has said anything to suggest that is what they are planning.'
Unfortunately, there's no real evidence to support that claim. And as one commentator put it, the ad reads a little like 'vote for us, or we'll break your legs.'
But wait! If we get a Labour government they will be in the pocket of the Scottish National Party, the Tories are yelling. Here's what that would look like:
And in case that metaphor was a little too complex, how about Miliband dancing to former SNP leader Salmond's tune?
Back in the boring real world, Labour has already ruled out a formal coalition with the SNP and, although they may need nationalist votes to form a government, Alex Salmond has acknowledged that a vote-by-vote deal is the most likely outcome.
And in the interest of fairness, here's the Lib Dems accurately pointing out that they are in fact a party for which you are allowed to vote.
But then point out that it doesn't really matter because they will probably be in government anyway no matter what.
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