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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  • rate this

    Comment number 557.

    Rabid Right Wing Europhobe

    It is pity that you wish to punish those who had nothing to do with monstriety of thier forefathers. Would you do it and feel the guilt of your great great fore bearers. Britain is great letting the past behind and move on!! Perhaps you would do it!

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    Comment number 556.

    Olympics and Anniversaries are PR. That sums up Cameron, the former PR man. It is not what UK needs. We need more than a temporary flush of tourism and consumerism. We need public and private investment. And that needs vision and the courage to tear himself (and Osborne) away from the failed paradigm of finance driven supply side economics. We are slipping into the economic second division!

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    Comment number 555.

    well Dave, those buisnesses might have done better if you hadnt bulldozed them into the ground to make way for 2 weeks of corporate back slapping?

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    Comment number 554.

    537.nieuw divil

    I take it you must have a stake in some US health care company the real Modern Day Vampires. I think I would like to stick with NHS I know it would have failed to keep Steve Hawkin alive till his 70 birthday, so says the US Republicans.

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    Comment number 553.

    Its so good of David to be so concerned about us !! perhaps he would like to pass that message on to the energy companies and the railways and all the other companies ripping everyone off . As usual they live in cuckoo land , how about cutting overseas aid and building some prisons to keep us safe and not have lunatics released early because Kenneth Clark thinks it a good idea !!

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    Comment number 552.

    UK will get up to strength in 2012
    with you and your team at the helm i am sure we will prosper financially and morally,keep up the good work Dave

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    Comment number 551.


    "Correct me if i am wrong but didnt the tories redistribute our wealth to the bankers/City to save them from going bankrupt?"

    You are wrong. This was in 2008/2009 - Labour was in charge then!

    525. Alan B

    "The ConDems can find billions upon billions for the Olympics but next to nothing for pensioners."

    Wasn't it Labour who set the budget way back in 2006.

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    Comment number 550.

    Carillion plc employs 147 shipped in from GOA to work in a British hospital. So 147 british still on welfare. Contracts for trains to Germany, Contract for shelving for new Birmingham library given to France by Carillion, contracts for roads given to Amey actually Spanish. Think British Cameron & co then we can move forward.

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    Comment number 549.

    So as if Milibland claims he has change his normal whinging and moaning and talks of "optimism" has he sent one of his third rate shadow junior ministers around all the TV and Radio stations to yet again run down a Cameron speech with the usual slurs and negative comments? because he and his party don't have any ideas or policies and have dug this trench of pessimism they can't get out off.

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    Comment number 548.

    "2012 must be the year we go for it",
    how can we go for it when successive governments continue to export British skilled jobs, Why was the recent rail contract given to Germany?
    According to government sources the Germans were better value for money, why is that?
    If Britain produces world class products the world will buy them, there is too much interference from politicians.

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    Comment number 547.

    Olympics and a Jubilee. Its just icing on a hollow cake. I would like to hear what they are going to do about rejuvenating industrial growth in this country. Too many Governments have sacrificed manufacturing for the benefit of the parisitic city. Other EU countries still have a large industrial base but all we have is a financial house of cards.

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    Comment number 546.

    Never mind the Olympics in 2012.

    I am still waiting for my ..'How happy are you'survey form to arrive from last year!!!!

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    Comment number 545.

    7 Minutes ago
    ".... The civilised world, with properly elected heads of state, will be laughing at us."

    Which of those foreign heads of state have represented their nations better than our Queen? George W Bush? Silvio Berlusconi?
    I don't sense any laughter from abroad, just admiration and envy.

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    Comment number 544.

    #527 paulbohane"The civilised world, with properly elected heads of state, will be laughing at us" By the civilised world you mean North Coreea with their elected head of state? Or China? Or do you mean Italy or Greece? Or the EU? Or maybe the nordic countreis where all bar one (Finland) have monarchies? Or perhaps Belgium,The Netherlands or Spain? Which of these countries will be laughing at UK?

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    Comment number 543.

    Is it me? I read comments with people saying 'tax cuts for businesses', something the govt have already done, that the govt should be building more homes, something the govt have already atarted, and DC is worried! Why? If People can't even grasp that measures already in place aren't working, his 'fiddle while Britain burns' policies have no need to hide behind empty hyperbole!

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    Comment number 542.

    Well - I really don't think we can rely on a couple of events to kick start a very sick economy - this is more wishful thinking from the Government!
    - The Olympics will really only impact for a few weeks and that will be the London area - what about the rest of the country?!

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    Comment number 541.

    The last royal wedding proved beyond doubt that pomp is dead.

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    Comment number 540.

    531.Eddy from Waring

    I think you are not 100% correct, I think their is a reasnoble amount of agreement, problem is it cross all party lines one reason the coalition
    was elected? or wanted? The problem is the destructive elements pulling to the right and left.

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    Comment number 539.

    Just too funny for words how thick does he think we are ? " OK Chaps.. lets all fix bayonets and have one last crack at this accused recession "

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    Comment number 538.

    I am surprised that his objective is to get "up to strength". Does that mean that the pre-depression deprivation of the UK outside the South East is nothing to worry about?


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