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The document was released during the Conservative Party's annual party conference in October 2004, widely speculated to be the last before a rumoured general election in May 2005. Key to Howard's address to the conference were the issues of accountability and trust; the Timetable was intended to give the voters a sort of checklist, so they could tell if a (hypothetical) Conservative government was keeping its promises.
At roughly the same time, opinion polls suggested that only 12% of the British people believed Howard would win the next election. Most predicted that the ruling Labour Party under Tony Blair would prevail.
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These are some of the policies Howard lays out. There are others.
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Many of the policies are traditional Conservative policies - the party (and Michael Howard) have always been seen as tough on crime, as Eurosceptic, and as taking a hard line on immigration. Others aim at reducing bureaucracy (e.g. hospital targets) and creating a "smaller government", on the theory that workers in the public services should be allowed to simply get on with their jobs. The policy of making the Office for National Statistics independent appears to be an attempt to capitalise on a public perception of Labour as a "party of spin" who manipulate figures.
Notable by its absence is any firm commitment to reducing tax. In his speech at the party conference, Howard said that he would not make promises he could not keep.
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