This was perceived by the mass of the electorate as a volte-face if not a betrayal of electoral promises.
And this is one of the most striking aspects of this case: how it has forced the government into a volte-face over its public attitudes to doctors.
a remarkable volte-face on taxes
A mass of sentimental and passionate fans gathered outside the headquarters of the Italian Football Federation in Rome as the national coach announced the squad, hoping that their pleas would prompt a last-minute volte-face .
Part of the perplexity arises from a sudden onrush of doubt: did we misread the earlier texts, overlook the clues that would explain this surprising volte-face ?
However, the Italian volte-face did not resolve the situation, for a formidable German army remained in the country, and this had to be fought every step of the way to the borders with Austria and France.
Their biggest volte-face has been on the death penalty.
It does look like a major political volte-face .
Twenty years later, in an astonishing volte-face , its members now stand for election.
This position is a volte-face for Great Britain.