Op-Ed: Has there ever been a British General Election littered with so many promises being made by desperate election hopefuls? Some promises may be fulfilled in time, many will be broken and then there are the downright lies.
All the main parties are promising the earth but somewhere along the line the electorate will be disappointed; the figures simply do not add and you do not need to be an economic or mathematical genius to see that.
Friday as the Liberal Democrats concentrate on the housing shortage and unveil their 'Help to rent' scheme for young people Tory boss David Cameron has been making promises about the cost of rail travel in the UK.
British rail was privatised under a former Tory government led by Maggie Thatcher's replacement John Major but even Mrs T rued the day according to the IBTimes.
Friday Cameron promised, as the Guardian put it, a "consumer-friendly move – which could save 250,000 season-ticket holders an average of £400."
But under the Tory led coalition government of the last five years rail prices have increased steadily.
Cameron has pledged that the Tories will freeze regulated fares in real terms but is that more waffle and little in reality?
His promise may appeal to right-wing voters jumping ship to join UKIP who occupy the south of England and commuters who travel into London.
Here in our part of Yorkshire train travel is dismal and in short supply. Yes Tory privatisation sealed the fate of train travel here but the first nails in its coffin came in the 50's by way of Tory peer Dr Beeching who closed many railways outside of London.
A two-year, real-terms freeze of train regulated fares would be maintained throughout the next parliament claims Cameron but who will fund that?
Sky-high train fares have resulted in protests and accusations of daylight robbery. The only fair way to address train travel in the UK is re-nationalisation but which party would have the stomach for that?
According to BBC News: The Conservatives have said regulated rail fares in England would rise by no more than inflation if they win the election.
They said the move - extending the policy for 2014 and 2015 - would save an average rail commuter £400 by 2020.
The Lib Dems said they had fought in government to keep rail fares down while the Tories "repeatedly argued" for above-inflation increases.
Labour called the pledge "unfunded, uncosted and... totally unbelievable".
The pledge would affect regulated fares, which cover about half of all tickets sold including season tickets and day returns.