Britain moving in 'right direction', says Cameron


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David Cameron has used his New Year's message to say the UK is "heading in the right direction".

The prime minister said 2012 was "tough" but people can look forward to 2013 with "realism and optimism".

In the video address released on Sunday, he admitted he had "no quick fixes" to the UK's economic problems.

But he said there has been "real progress" on cutting Britain's financial deficit, welfare reform and improving school standards.

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On all the big issues that matter to Britain, we are heading in the right direction and I have the evidence to prove it”

End Quote David Cameron British Prime Minister

Meanwhile, a leaked internal memo suggests senior Lib Dems have been urged to spread the message that the Conservatives cannot be trusted to help build a fairer society.

And Labour has responded to David Cameron's New Year message by saying the prime minister had "promised change" but "nothing is changing for the better".

In his message, Mr Cameron said "this is, quite simply, a government in a hurry", adding: "There's a reason for that."

He added: "Britain is in a global race to succeed today. It is a race with countries like China, India and Indonesia; a race for the jobs and opportunities of the future.

"So when people say we can slow down on cutting our debts, we are saying no. We can't win in this world with a great millstone of debt round our necks.

"When people say we've got to stop our welfare reforms because somehow it is cruel to expect people to work, we are saying 'no'. Getting people into good jobs is absolutely vital, not just for them, but for all of us.

'Right direction'

"And when there is a fight on our hands to change our schools, we are ready and willing to have it, because having a world-class education is the only way our children are going to get on in this world."

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This prime minister is out of touch, he stands up for the wrong people and he's failing to deliver for working people”

End Quote Michael Dugher Labour party vice chairman

Mr Cameron said: "On all the big issues that matter to Britain, we are heading in the right direction and I have the evidence to prove it."

He said that the deficit was forecast to be a quarter smaller at the New Year than it was when the coalition government came to office; that there are almost half a million more people in work; and more than 1,000 new academy schools have opened.

He also hailed moves to take millions of low-paid workers out of income tax, freeze council tax bills and deliver the largest-ever increase in the state pension.

Mr Cameron avoided the issues of Britain's future in the European Union - which he is due to give a speech about in the coming weeks - and gay marriage, both of which have caused divisions within the Conservative Party.

Lib Dem memo

Instead, the prime minister said he looked back on 2012 as "an extraordinary year for our country", characterised by the Diamond Jubilee celebrations and the successful Olympics and Paralympics.

Meanwhile a leaked internal memo suggested Lib Dems are being encouraged to criticise their Tory coalition partners as well as the Labour opposition.

The memo from the party's head office to its MPs, peers and staff says they should criticise not just the Labour opposition but their Conservative coalition partners in the year ahead.

The memo suggests voters should be reminded that the Tories wanted to "look after the super rich".

And Michael Dugher, Labour's vice chairman, said the prime minister's message was "a case of more of the same".

He said: "Cameron promised change but nothing is changing for the better. Britain's economy is failing under his policies over the last year, with nearly one million young people out of work.

"Prices are still going up faster than wages and borrowing is going up not down, over 7% higher this year than last year.

"This prime minister is out of touch, he stands up for the wrong people and he's failing to deliver for working people."


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  • rate this

    Comment number 492.

    I am no lover of this set of Ministers, and believe Cameron is devoid of intellect, but I am also fed up with the same old "yawn" comments from the Coalition's detractors.

    Moribund n Ballsup promise anything they think will improve their popularity, while also saying "this is not the time to make false promises"!!!

    Oh, and conveniently forgetting to explain how they will fund "the forgotten".

  • rate this

    Comment number 491.

    488. Dr Bob Matthews

    Feel free to enlighten me with some facts rather than your patronising dismissal of my earlier comment.

    French unemployment is increasing, business confidence is shrinking, exacerbated by 75% tax rate and there is no plan at all to tackle the disastrous proportion of GDP spent on their public sector.

    UK has plenty of issues to address but is on a much better trajectory

  • rate this

    Comment number 490.

    Anglerfish -
    workshy means fit and able bodied who dont want to work. I know a few of them and they are really not happy they are being targetted. Tough luck.
    I'm no tory dream, I am just a hardworking tax payer who works for the private sector and wants to see that my cash gets used efficiently and the deficit gets paid off. We cant afford you any more.

  • rate this

    Comment number 489.

    #466 May 2015 is too long to wait; it needs to be May 2013 to minimise any further damage to the country.

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    Comment number 488.

    Grumpy_Haggis Do you actually know anything about France? No I thought not, go back to sleep and let the rest of the adults discuss the problems that you apparently don't think exist. Yo could always ring Dave he ahs all the answers to just about zero.

  • Comment number 487.

    All this user's posts have been removed.Why?

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    Comment number 486.

    Add your's time to acknowledge that we are just keeping our heads above water, if we had followed the labour idea of spend borrow spend , we would be in a right mess.
    So well done captain Cameron , keep us on course

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    Comment number 485.

    Britain moving in 'right direction', says Cameron

    Oh really Dave? while half of the nation binges on credit just to fund Christmas according to Which, yes were going in the right direction alright, to economic suicide!

  • rate this

    Comment number 484.

    "Moving in the right direction" - translated as "we're apparently sliding down the slippery slope to our doom MUCH slower than everyone else! Whoopee!". Thanks for nothing, Dave.

  • Comment number 483.

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

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    Comment number 482.

    If he honestly believes what he is saying he is a fool and a dangerous one at that. Why have the Lib Dems not stood up for their voters and acted as moderators of excessive policies. The chances of the young generation of today having a stable decently paid secure job are slim. Too many people are working for agencies which is a high tech 3rd world jump on the back of a truck for a days wage job!

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    Comment number 481.

    Like most people, I get annoyed with David Cameron from time to time, but watching his new years message has reminded me that on the whole the government isn't doing a bad job.

    There are some things I disagree with (like his stance on Europe), but when you compare David Cameron to Ed Milliband you see he's a good guy with the right values. I can only hope the Tories win a majority in 2015.

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    Comment number 480.

    What planet is he on, it certainly isn't earth.

    The man is a total dreamer and a liability.

    The rest of us live in the real world Cameron.

    I have no respect for him or his cronies.

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    Comment number 479.

    Instead of platitudes and sound bites perhaps Cameron and Osborne can explain to the rest of us why bankers still deserve bonuses and the rich deserve tax cuts, while the rest of us pay more and more for fuel and have wages and benefits frozen.

    They are the government that are supposed to be taking care of all the country, or is it true that they just don’t care for anyone but the rich?

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    Comment number 478.

    Dave is all heart you could see that at PMQ when a disabled mans suicide note was held up - he killed himself because of benefits being stopped.
    Criminals get better treatment than that particularly if they are politicians and bankers

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    Comment number 477.

    The only progression I've made this year is progressing down the road (twice) to the county courts to be issued CCJ's for not being able to pay energy bills.

    I've seen my bank balance progressively get smaller and smaller, while the Tories claims of doing a good job get larger and larger.

  • rate this

    Comment number 476.

    Really not concerned with tory soundbites.

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    Comment number 475.

    Cameron slipped up in a recent PMQ’s; in answer to one of EM’s taunts he replied “this party is making more money for the rich”. The truth by accident. I guess that is the only way to get the truth from liars of any party.

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    Comment number 474.

    We will only make progress when we admit the extent of the mess & the part we all played in making it. DC shows no sign of real understanding, but nor do many of the people commenting.

    Old way have to be abandoned, including many we might like to hang on to, things like property ladders, cheap labour & credit and allowing ignorance/stupidity to be cool.

    It was never going to be quick or easy.

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    Comment number 473.

    @464, If we're going to blame political parties when they're in power:

    The New Labour gvts, over 13 years, managed two years with a surplus.

    The previous Conservative gvts, over 18 years, managed zero.

    So, who's to blame? That's right: BOTH of them.


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