It’s an unnecessarily well-kept secret that the Liberal Democrats have already achieved much in Government since the General Election.
Despite the Guardian saying today that “the Liberal Democrats have rushed out a checklist of 67 party manifesto commitments already or nearly achieved in eight months in office” it’s not that easy to find the checklist online, nor to understand why the newspaper used the word “rushed” when the party has waited two thirds of a year before compiling and releasing it in a low-key way to Lib Dem campaigners.
Nonetheless, the list is impressive, and deserves to be shared widely. So I’m publishing it below, but first, the preamble:
The Liberal Democrats have been in government for only eight months, but we have already implemented many of our manifesto policies.
Below is a list of these policies and what we are doing to make them happen. The list does not even include those of our policies that are in the coalition agreement but have not yet been implemented – so this list is just the first part of a long line of Liberal Democrat policies to come.
The list is organised according to each section of our 2010 manifesto, for ease of comparison. However in some areas, such as environmental policy, it made more sense to group it together in one section, so it will not always be completely true to the original structure.
This document is a striking illustration of the influence the Liberal Democrats are having in government.
Document also available on Scribd here.