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 697.

    Typical Millionaires Row speak.
    I anfd my ilk are all right.

    The rest of you can suffer!!!

  • rate this

    Comment number 696.

    Cameron has done well so far in repairing a "Broken Britain", and encouraging us to take hold of our own destiny. Miliband is telling us the way forward`is to wear "rose tinted spectacles "and think lucky. Sorry, Ed, Labour got us to do that before and look what happened. It's time to get off our backsides and work harder than we've ever done before, and to show what Brits are really capable of.

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    Comment number 695.

    Go for it Dave!! A lot of men and women like me are behind you
    There's room at the top, they are telling you still
    But first you must learn how to smile as you kill
    If you want to be like, those folks on the hill
    A working class worker is something to be.

  • rate this

    Comment number 694.

    If Cameron want's to go for it I am only to happy to give him a lift!

  • rate this

    Comment number 693.

    Panem et circenses... sure that'll save us.
    This PM bloke just hasn't got a clue has he?

  • rate this

    Comment number 692.

    '2012 must be the year we go for it' what is this man on about.i,m all for positivity,pride,and identity but come on words dont feed mouths,a positive outlook doesnt get our young people jobs,all this government are about is cuts to meet the deficite.everything,s going up,wages stay the same,its a joke,i,ve not had a payrise for 3 years,people are getting fed up with this government.

  • rate this

    Comment number 691.

    I am so relieved to hear that the Olympics and the Jubilee are going to save us !. The country is in a mess because this govt, like the last Labour govt, believes that printing money is the answer. The evidence we have show this is the road to ruin. Interest rates must always be above inflation. This is the fundamental basics of a market based economy. Or don't Cameron believe in that anymore ?

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    Comment number 690.

    “for those who think Labour alone caused our current position you should note the Tories increased public spending at a faster rate 1979-1997”

    But spending as a proportion of GDP fell by 10%, whilst under labour it rose. Ie. Burden decreased vs Burden increased.

    We’ve done that Ginger, those stats are misleading!

  • rate this

    Comment number 689.

    Looks like I am the only one positive about 2012? I have a 99% secure job in a expanding private sector company. low rates mean the interest on my mortgage is £130pm. The S.East seems to be doing fine, friends/family all in work. Basically im spending as I did 10 years ago, OK food and fuel is more expensive .
    BTW I was made redundant in 2009, took 2 weeks to get a job, paid for a nice holiday!

  • rate this

    Comment number 688.

    the clearest indication of knowing when you're REALLY IN TROUBLE
    is your Prime Minister pointing to Promising Weather in your future! >: \

  • rate this

    Comment number 687.

    668. Scarf66
    "at times debate on HYS feels like being a parallel universe in which no one understands that someone has to pay for their "entitlements"."
    Ironic that - it seems none has a bigger sense of entitlement to my money to pay for their lives than the Tories.
    At least Blair and Brown came across as men, whereas Dave, George et all still come across as schoolboys.

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    Comment number 686.

    I am at a loss - based on current policies already in place GoldmanSacs (not known for getting it wrong) says by 2015 ave UK wealth per individual will exceed Germany and the rest of Europe.
    Despite being overtaken in GDP terms by India and Brasil etc we will still be richer.
    If Dave and George are getting it so wrong - think how much better we would be with Ed and Ed!

  • rate this

    Comment number 685.

    Given we have 3.5 years left of this coalition I truly hope 2012 is the year they start introducing some decent policies. For those who think Labour alone caused our current position you should note the Tories increased public spending at a faster rate 1979-1997 than Labour did 1997-2010 (source hm-treasury.go.uk). All our politicians need to make fundamental changes in their thinking.

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    Comment number 684.

    We need more than soundbites and minor, short-term changes. We need to fundamentally review what people are entitled to and, more importantly, make it clear what their responsibilities are.

    For a start, cap child benefit to the first two children only. If you can't afford them, don't have them. Another would be to cease all house building. People need to realise there are limits.

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    Comment number 683.

    Same old trick - ruthlessly exploit the masses and then throw them scraps that are supposed to make the dogs happy. As Merlin said about Britain (according to a C16th manuscript), 'Noblemen ... are and always will be ready to keep their servants to take the wealth of the labourers ... without ceasing for ever.' Nothing ever really changes in human society.

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    Comment number 681.

    Don't hold your breath.......I wonder how much the cost of the 2004 Olympics in Greece contributed to their financial downfall.

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    Comment number 680.

    Having just watched Zulu all I can say of this countries future, is that it appears to be a fairly barren hillside we are standing at the bottom of, and is that a train I hear in the distance ...

  • rate this

    Comment number 679.

    Ah he's called Ed Milliband.... I thought it was Mr Bean....

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    Comment number 678.


    "As for the benefits system could I get benefits in a European country ?"

    Yes. Look on the DirectGov website.


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