10 November 2012

Putting the "Great" back in to "Great Britain"

I'd like to take this opportunity to put a few things straight. When I meet people, it's obvious that you have strong views about some of the things this government have done. Many of you tell me that you're glad that Gordon Brown has now gone and that the Lib Dems have a position of power.

But I also meet people who are disappointed and angry in that both parties couldn't keep all their promises. With the Liberal Democrats, it was their promise not to raise tuition fees. With us, it's our promise to get the country moving and be able to have a vote of no confidence in your MP.

We couldn't keep all our promises. That's coalition politics. We are on the right track, however. We allowed ourselves not to get too caught up in a global economic slowdown this year. Even before the economic crisis, Labour still tried to mess up the economy in 2004, with 0% growth in the third quarter. Granted,
we're not strictly speaking "out of recession" yet, as, statistically speaking, we need to make up all the money we have lost. There's still a long way to go, but we're all in this together. Let's have a "can-do" spirit.

The BBC aren't helping, though. They are trying to negatively spin the very encouraging growth figures in the third quarter of 2012. There was underlying growth in the third quarter, and with the economic growth forecasts for 2013 and 2014 revised upwards, the message is clear: Britain is working.

The BBC are also trying to spin the borrowing figures. At the emergency budget in June 2010, George Osborne said that debt will peak in 2013 at 70% of GDP. After that, debt will be falling. This forecast is being met.

Nonetheless, the most important thing to control at the moment is the deficit, and by cutting the deficit from £175,000,000,000 to £90,000,000,000 in two short years, at a cut of almost 50%, is remarkable. Labour are scaremongering of the worst kind, cowering to the masses, taking a traditional left-wing view: overspending, tax rising, depending too much on the state. They're in the pocket of the unions, they're left-wing, and they're weak. Weak, weak, weak. There's, ultimately, one very big difference: Cameron leads his party, Miliband follows his. We have led in Europe, they have followed in Europe for 13 years. The white flag flies over Labour party headquarters whenever the word "Europe" is mentioned.

Yet Cameron has shown that we have strong and stable leadership in Europe. We don't need parties like UKIP. We need to be part of the EU as we can influence our major trading partners. Cameron, however, has shown that he is prepared to act in Britain's interest. Those four letters that strike fear into the heart of Labour: veto.

Britain is great.

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