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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    Comment number 832.

    798 -

    As I say, we're in this position 'cos those vested with the power to legislate (MPs) are morally bankrupt...and I'm sure those enjoying a £250K dinner with Dave were expecting nothing more than a nice dinner and an after eight...

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    Comment number 831.

    816. Allen

    Who are you going to vote for then? Because you have a short memory if you can't remember browns uncontrolled borrowing and spending, not to mention the mass immigration scheme, or the rabid male hate from Harriet Harman

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    Comment number 830.

    We made 2012 "tough" on the disable, retired and sick, who can now look forward to 2013 with a further real scenes terror.

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    Comment number 829.

    We are going the wrong direction and facing the USA. If you look at the mess the USA is we need to change direction and very fast. We need to start manufacturing again, creating real jos for real people, not the wax dummies that the banking industry needs. The old ideas of service industries a la Maggie has run out of steam. How about buying British goods and not spending so much on cheap trash?

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    Comment number 828.

    Gotta love the finger pointing of the 'Haves' when it comes to Tax Evasion...You've got and ISA!, My Pension Fund", 3% Capital Gains Tax..., VAT/Fuel/Energy bills are all relative, try paying all of them on £70/wk or on Minimum Wage...most don't know what real hardship is, they think that life is like East Enders...well it ain't...

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    Comment number 827.

    I reckon all poloticians should be paid no more than minimum wage plus genuine expenses, they will then know what it means to live on the breadline.

    We're mortgage free, and have a reasonable household income for the area in which we live, but we still struggle, gas and electric is off the scale as are fuel prices. These people don't live on the same planet as everyone else.

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    Comment number 826.

    I see the tory party haters are out in force, but i just wonder how many of you realise what a complete mess we would be in if it was up to the labour party to sort out this mess.
    Very true Dave, just look at France.

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    Comment number 825.

    "814. Dave 1 Minute ago

    I see the tory party haters are out in force, but i just wonder how many of you realise what a complete mess we would be in if it was up to the labour party to sort out this mess."

    You mean the Labour Party that had brought the country out of recession and had restore a bit of growth in the economy up to May 2010? Growth that evaporated as soon as Slasher Osborne got in?

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

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    Comment number 823.

    I am British my husband is disabled ex RAF and we do not have a problem with anyone of a different ethnic background or race - if I recall many Polish airmen sacrificed their lives in WW2.
    Bankers and politicians caused this crisis NOT the disabled, poor, families or immigrants unless the news passed you by.

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    Comment number 822.

    as we all know only the rich benefit from this shower who votes them into power most probably the wannabe rich

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    Comment number 821.


    So he should be tried for trying to reduce the enormous welfare bill that labour created one on the highest in the developed world which said to everyone Britain is a soft touch.

    At least they have got all these lazy people who can't be bothered to work and expect everyone else to pay for them into the workplace, god help us if labour win next election cos it will all happen again!

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    Comment number 820.

    A friend of mine who is an insolvency and bankruptcy specialist says he is looking forward to a bumper year in 2013 with so many companies expecting to go bust. That must be the optimism Cameron is referring to.

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    Comment number 819.

    Editor's picks has 6 comments. 5 of them supportive of Cameron. Says it all

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    Comment number 818.

    "they have set up their finances so they don't pay tax wether you like it or not its legal."

    The big boys pay their politician hirelings to change the tax laws. The City makes millions in fees advising companies how to dodge tax.

    The politicians pour billions of tax money into propping up the failed financial services industry.

    Which is where they go to work when they leave office.


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    Comment number 817.

    I'v come to the conclusion that Cameron is just a nasty piece of genetic engineering.

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    Comment number 816.

    In 18 months time the Tories will either boost the economy or take us into war to make sure they win the next election and we plebs have short memories. DONT BE FOOLED. NEVER VOTE TORY OR LIBERAL AGAIN.

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    Comment number 815.

    Cameron states "a race for the jobs and opportunities of the future." - in a race it is normal to compete fairly, and when high-tech jobs even for public bodies like the NHS are outsourced abroad, how are UK IT workers meant to compete. And lots of talk about cutting visas for people just coming here to study, but seems no problem for overseas IT staff to get visas to work here.

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    Comment number 814.

    I see the tory party haters are out in force, but i just wonder how many of you realise what a complete mess we would be in if it was up to the labour party to sort out this mess.

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    Comment number 813.


    But you also just posted a comment that had nothing in it about fixing these problems, it was just bashing, so its ok if its not PM-Bashing then? i mean seriously dont be a hypocrite, people are having there opinion on the topic of the article, there are plenty of better ideas you know it i know it, but what is posting them here going to do or change? nothing at all.


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