PM Cameron's "Can Do" Britain

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DAVID CAMERON coined three words that would shape the future of Britain in the years ahead under a coalition government – “can do, and leadership.”


These were the watch words as he addressed the Tory party faithful in Manchester, as conference season comes to an end for another year.


His first half of the speech was a run through of the problems the country faced – with the second half outlining some of the solutions and the visions.


The Prime minister said at the end of his speech on whether Britain could get through its problems: “It’s not the size of the Dog in the fight that counts, it’s the size of the fight in the Dog.”


He said that he wanted an end to the “can’t do” attitude of Britain – by injecting some “can do,” instead of people watching on the sidelines, waiting for things to happen.


On the economy, he said that as long as he was PM, Britain would never join the EURO.


And he said that the situation was not like past economic crisis. “It’s a debt crisis,” he said.


And he slammed Labour by adding: “We must never let these people get near our economy ever again.”


“They ripped the ladders of opportunity away.”


Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls received a slamming when the PM told him: “Ed, you spent £428 billion more than you had.”


His comments came as he claimed Ed Balls had still denied Labour had overspent pre 2008.


There was no direct attack on the Labour leader Ed Miliband, however, who had outlined his vision on “responsible business” last week in Liverpool.


Cameron outlined some of the policies, including helping those in the dole queue get a job by giving £14,000 per individual to help them get help back into the job market. “It may sound a lot of money, but it’s worth it, he said.”


“It’s about giving people back their confidence, and self-esteem.”


He said it was not about just plonking people in chairs and giving them shoddy help with their CVs, but real help.


Under the Conservatives, he said they would be the party that would be able to mend the economy – with the help of the Liberal Democrats. There was surprisingly little mention of the Lib Dems – except a short mention that they at the 2010 general election wanted to “cut” the NHS, along with Labour. Now, under a Tory coalition, he said they were helping to protect spending in the NHS.


He backed the Home secretary’s want to scrap the Human Rights Act, and defended her on her Cat case – when yesterday she was slammed by press and politicians for making it up – as well as picking a fight with her coalition colleagues.


We will see what Nick Clegg makes of it.


Cameron joked to the conference faithful that Mog the Cat will be helping the government to catch the burglar, not help someone stay in the country illegally.


Mog the Cat is a series of Children’s books written by Judith Kerr, and ends with Mog dying at the end of the series, in “Goodbye Mog.”


And on that very important point about past previous leaders, he said: “We don’t boo our leaders, we praise them.”


That came as last week in Liverpool, Labour leader Ed Miliband said to his party: “I’m not Tony Blair,” to which there were a handful of boos from party delegates.

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