Unfortunately for everyone, they weren’t. The first official figures out last month showed that every private sector provider had failed to hit the minimum targets specified by the government.
Nevertheless, the government could claim to have kept one of its key promises on employment – to create jobs in the private sector that would make up for public sector cuts.
In October Mr Cameron said new private sector jobs since the election had hit the one million mark.
Well…all right. But only if you start counting before the actual date of the election, and only if you include nearly 200,000 further education workers who were suddenly counted as private sector.
The PM also said a quarter of a million more women were in work than at the time of the election. But he was 60,000 out, and failed to mention the fact that female unemployment was going up too.