David Cameron: UK will get up to strength in 2012


David Cameron: UK must 'go for it' in 2012

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David Cameron has promised to use the "global drama" of the Olympics and "glory" of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee to help get Britain "up to strength".

"This will be the year Britain sees the world and the world sees Britain," the PM said in his new year message.

However, he admitted 2012 would be difficult as the economy struggled.

In his new year message, Labour leader Ed Miliband said his party must convince people in 2012 that "optimism can defeat despair".

The message, issued before the new year, said the UK needed "profound change" to avoid a future of struggling to compete in the world and called on politicians to show they could make a difference.

And in a message issued to Lib Dems last week, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said the new year posed "many great challenges for everyone", adding that his party had ensured the coalition government was helping people.

'Extraordinary incentive'

Mr Cameron said 2012 "must be the year we go for it" - the year the coalition government "does everything it takes to get our country up to strength".


The prime minister's new political prophecy reads like a pep talk from the country's coach at a particularly gloomy time. He's at pains to say that he understands people's fears, their worries about jobs, high prices, City excess and the economy.

It's an attempt to enthuse a pessimistic people that better times lie ahead. Number 10 knows it must offer the hope of something sunnier beyond austerity and cuts.

Even prime ministers can't predict the future but two events that will happen this year are the Diamond Jubilee and the Olympics. He wants these to be a "mirror" on the nation, moments to enthuse and inspire. They might, but it's the course of the economy that is the urgent concern of many people and David Cameron's message concedes that its future is almost impossible to predict.

The eurozone crisis still casts an ominous shadow over the economy. "We have gained security", the prime minister says, "for now" - an important qualification.

But he insisted the coalition understood the problems and would "do more" to help people through them.

The prime minister looked ahead to the "global drama of the Olympics", which will be held in London from 27 July to 12 August, and the "glory of the Diamond Jubilee", which will mostly be commemorated for three days from 2 June.

"Cameras and TV channels around the planet will be recording these magnificent events. It gives us an extraordinary incentive to look outward, look onwards and to look our best: to feel pride in who we are and what - even in these trying times - we can achieve," said Mr Cameron.

He continued: "Of course, I know that there will be many people watching this who are worried about what else the year might bring.

"There are fears about jobs and paying the bills. The search for work has become difficult, particularly for young people. And rising prices have hit household budgets.

"I get that. We are taking action on both fronts. I know how difficult it will be to get through this. But I also know that we will."

Mr Cameron said the government had "clear and strong plans" to bring down the deficit, which were giving "some protection from the worst of the debt storms now battering the euro zone".

"We have gained security for now - and because of that, we must be bold, confident and decisive about building the future," he added.

In his new year message, Labour leader Ed Miliband said "optimism can defeat despair" in 2012

"I know much needs to change. We've got to do more too to bring our economy back to health. So we've set out big plans for the transformation of our infrastructure, starting now - with better roads and railways, superfast broadband and new homes."

He said although much of Europe was struggling there were huge opportunities for UK businesses in other parts of the world.

And he promised to be bold in sorting out public services and social issues - complaining that "too often our schools aren't up to scratch, our hospitals aren't always clean enough and our police don't catch criminals".

'Tackling excess'

"While a few at the top get rewards that seem to have nothing to do with the risks they take or the effort they put in, many others are stuck on benefits, without hope or responsibility," he said.

"So we will tackle excess in the City just as we're reforming welfare to make work pay and support families.

In his new year message to Lib Dems, issued last week, the deputy PM Nick Clegg said next year posed "many great challenges for everyone".

He said the UK had been "pulled back from the brink" by a government which remained focused on its "economic rescue mission".


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    Comment number 537.

    The UK will only get back up to strength once the parasitic bodies that leech the life force out of the UK's economy are removed.

    The NHS and extravagant welfare system are like vampires sucking wealth of the UK leaving only a mummified corpse behind.

    Cameron must push a stake into the heart of the NHS and welfare system & free the UK from their deadly embrace.

    & cut taxes too!

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    Comment number 536.

    “Labour leader Ed Miliband said his party must convince people in 2012 that "optimism can defeat despair"

    Vacuous Nonsense!

    Democracy needs credible opposition, to ensure that policies are scrutinised and are effective. What it doesn’t need is opposition for the sake of it, where polices are opposed regardless of merit.
    Ed needs to come up with some alternative ideas of his own.

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    Comment number 535.

    Somehow the spectrum of politics has to be widened to incorporate the working men and womens recommendations and suggestions, and those of small businesses too, not just the wish list of the well heeled (which is all existing parties at the moment). Labour used to be the working persons party, however Blair, the property mogul/warmonger, put paid to that.

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    Comment number 534.

    499. deanarabin 449.Lesarladais
    Good Questions! This can only be a long term project, given the disastrous policies of the past 30 years. YES, it can work - but we must convince the people.
    Re the European situation, British would be best, but given the status of manufacturing in the UK, we need to include Europe in the manufacturing base - at least Germany and France have retained some!

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    Comment number 533.

    529 revolution now. Trust me, im one of the police/regulators to whom you refer. The truth is out there. Since the Tories/lib dems gained power our priorities have been reassigned and no longer directed toward company transgressors but individuals. Look up Missing Trader Intra Community Fraud..it ran into billions and thats just a conservative estimate.

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    Comment number 532.

    All too vague, as usual. Nothing to inspire confidence that specific and necessary things are going to be done. Neither the Olympics nor Jubilee will actually improve life for most ordinary people. Cameron doesn't understand that he can never achieve much by pretending to please all the people all of the time. Thatcher did understand that, and will be remembered for making a big difference.

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    Comment number 531.

    The UK is now so bitterly divided, along so many lines, that until this is addressed it will be hard for us to pull together on anything.

    The Tories are also riven however, so they'll struggle to find an agreed policy to present in this respect, unfortunately.

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    Comment number 530.

    Camoron's getting worse by the day. Nice for a bit of optimism but a claim that these events will bring Britain back to prosperity is risible!

    We haven't a clue how much either will cost (in 2012) & whether we'll make a profit or not. We've paid for both so we're entitled to know but you bet the gov with its creative accountants and statisticians won't dare tell the truth.

  • rate this

    Comment number 529.

    Some posters are not really comprehending the term "Have Your Say". It's not "You Had Better Agree With Me Or Else"!

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    Comment number 528.

    All this flannel from politico's will not solve our problems. Action not words is needed. There seems little of that from any political tribe. The Olympics will just loose money on a vast scale, whilst allowing certain people to strut their stuff. We still have not addressed the scandalous waste from many government departments. JUST CUT OFF THEIR MONEY SUPPLY AND SACK SOME TOP CIVIL SERVANTS

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    Comment number 527.

    We should be ashamed, not proud, of celebrating 60 years of an unelected national leader. We will never be a truly democratic country until we sweep away inherited titles. The civilised world, with properly elected heads of state, will be laughing at us.

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    Comment number 526.

    The Conservative Party, like most of the UK media, are bought and paid for by the rich in the city so tackling excess will not happen. The city is where organised crime flourishes and the police/regulators are nowhere. But the public buy into what they are told, no matter how obvious it gets that they are being ripped off.

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    Comment number 525.

    The ConDems can find billions upon billions for the Olympics but next to nothing for pensioners who have contributed all their lives to this country.It makes you wonder where the priorities are in this country.OH of course-it means that Mr Camerons buddies can make even more millions for their coffers and become more super rich selling their goods to tourists at a fantastic high inflated price.

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    Comment number 524.

    # 514
    Nothing to do with low wages and massively inflated accommodation costs then?

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    Comment number 523.

    It's all very clever and insightful to point out all of DC's 'lies, falsities and downright arrogance' but let's be fair to the man.

    He is meant to come out and make a statement, and as PM it is quite natural that at least 40% of bloggers will actively dislike it, so why not just try be a bit less cynical and a bit more proactive in helping fix the UK!

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    Comment number 522.

    Employment with Industrial Growth is the only answer !

    If we are not manufacturing - We are not selling - Then we are borrowing - then we have DEBT !!!

    I keep asking - When shall we see " DUTY OF CARE " being demonstrated ??

    The Government was elected on a " DUTY OF CARE " when will we see this in action !

    Where is the " BUSINESS PLAN FOR GROWTH "

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    Comment number 521.

    that man is clueless.

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    Comment number 520.

    "There are fears about jobs and paying the bills. The search for work has become difficult, particularly for young people. And rising prices have hit household budgets.I get that."

    No he doesn't!!! He has a personal fortune of £30million

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    Comment number 519.

    Oh yes DC, let the world see that we can chuck millions of pounds at a great sporting event and get loads of celebrity endorsement, this is what the camera loves, but for goodness sake don't let them see the dole queue or the boarded up businesses or the young folk stood idle, the charities that can no longer support the vulnerable - we cannot let them see what life is really like in Britain today

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    Comment number 518.

    ok someone asked for suggestions.heres one to put more money into peoples pockets without having to offer any tax breaks. Mortgages can only be offered up the a limit of 65 years of age. But we now expect to be working till 75 years of age. Extend the legal limit for mortgages to 75 thus giving everyone an extra ten years to pay mortage off and reducing current payments.


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