David Cameron prepares economic growth plan

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David Cameron has vowed to show "fighting spirit" as he prepares to announce a series of measures designed to promote economic growth.

After being asked by one of his own MPs this week if he was a man or a mouse, the PM said he wanted to "cut through the dither" that held Britain back.

Writing in the Mail on Sunday, he said a key part of economic recovery was "building the houses our people need".

Tory MP David Davis has criticised the PM's plans and outlined his own policy.

The former shadow home secretary told the Sunday Telegraph it was not about individual policy areas and called for a "radical pro-growth agenda".

The influential Tory MP wants more tax cuts, school leavers to be encouraged to start their own businesses and more done to encourage banks to lend.


The government will outline details of housing and infrastructure projects to coincide with the return of MPs to Parliament after the summer break.

Mr Cameron said the country should not stand for the "paralysis" that causes new housing developments to be held up by entrenched local opposition and lengthy planning inquiries.

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Mr Cameron said: "A familiar cry goes up - 'yes we want more housing, but no to every development - and not in my backyard'.

"Frankly, I am frustrated by the hoops you have to jump through to get anything done - and I come back to Parliament more determined than ever to cut through the dither that holds this country back."

Mr Cameron said this government was being braver stating there would be "no more excuses for failure; no more soft exams and soft discipline.

"When the grades went down, a predictable cry went up: that we were hurting the prospects of these children.

"What hurts them is dumbing down their education so that their potential is never reached and no one wants to employ them."

He added the government was "restoring vigour" in welfare by capping benefits.

His article concluded: "At every turn we are taking the hard road over the easy path.

"I'm confident we're making progress. And I'm more ready than ever for the challenge ahead."

Cabinet return

The article comes as the prime minister is preparing his first major cabinet reshuffle.

BBC political correspondent Chris Mason says Mr Cameron is likely to ignore calls from some disgruntled Tory backbenchers to sack Chancellor George Osborne in his cabinet reshuffle.

Conservative party chairman Baroness Warsi has said she wants to keep her job, amid speculation that she may be replaced.

The BBC understands that any changes are unlikely to affect Mr Osborne, Home Secretary Theresa May and Foreign Secretary William Hague.

But former Chief Secretary to the Treasury David Laws is being tipped for a return to the cabinet.


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    Comment number 204.

    So we all agree that Dave, Boy George and Nick Nice But Dim are clueless and need to go. But hold on, you surely aren't suggesting we need to let Mr Millibean have a turn or God forbid Nigel Farage? Maybe those of you with your first in philosophy, politics and economics will advise how we now get 80% of people to vote and elect people who require ongoing approval to act in our name. Answers?

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    Comment number 203.

    benefit cheat-laws-warsi-geedy bankers-investers-only one of these is to be held up to scorne&villification by the like of the sun&bbc-osbourne glorify's on marrshow the billions he as cut from the poorest in our society-sick&disabled being part of that yet they try to squeeze from the paralympics as much kudos as possible along with increasing the amount we give in overseas aid-the big society?

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    Comment number 202.

    [cont] I have heard many politicians, bankers, economists etc make great statements as to how this money has helped, but I have yet to find anyone in my day to day dealings who has seen their lives improve over the last four years and particularly the last two. So why didn't we just give every household £17000 and let us spend that money in the 'real' world and improve our economy in that way?

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    Comment number 201.

    #120. nick perkins

    "the rich get richer
    they are the ones who go to public school
    does anyone think he cares about the rest of us?"

    Plainly the people that voted for him.
    I wonder if they went to public school?

    For our US readers it should be pointed out that "public" in this context means "private".

    Harks back to the days when the poorer gentry could not afford private tutors.

    Poor Gideon??

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    Comment number 200.

    Dear Cameron, Please minimise offshore resources,especially in IT jobs..Please save UK. This will reduce imports...

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    Comment number 199.

    There is an old adage that “You get the politician you deserve” I don’t believe we deserve this lot!

    I’m afraid we are on the slippery slope to obscurity, and Dave and his chums are merely our latest (inept) custodians!

    Radical change is required; however it isn’t going to come from this lot!

  • Comment number 198.

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

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    Comment number 197.

    Re 176. krokodil 

    So if we jail a few bankers, it would magically turn the economy around? Sounds a bit improbable.

    Perhaps not but Cameron tells us that we should now be less interested in the level of GDP than in the overall level of ‘happiness’. And I suspect that seeing a few rapacious bankers jailed would substantially increase the happiness of huge swathes of the population.

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    Comment number 196.

    You can't have an economy based on the property market and consumerism.

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    Comment number 195.

    Sadly Cameron and Osborne have no finger on the pulse of Britain. Now the idea is to build on the green fields of Tory heartland, and get banks to lend money to people who can't afford to repay. And bring back an MP who fiddled his expenses to boot!

    We know Labour are economically inept. Where is the common sense in the Tory party to save us?

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    Comment number 194.

    I think Labour are great! Miliband is a God of a man! Balls is everyones best mate and we still all love Gordon Brown's boys. Arch Bish Tutu was totally wrong about Blair and Iraq. Saint Tony is lovely. Can you pass all that BBC moderators?

    How about this bit: Our PM is doing as well as could be expected considering he's got to drag the liberals with him. Well done IDS and Gove.

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    Comment number 193.

    Shall we play count the sound bites?
    "Fighting spirit" "Cut the dither" "Restore vigour"
    "No more excuses for failure" oh wait that last one doesn't quite work does it, isn't that what this piece is all about, 2 years of failure but now "even more determined than ever" - give me strength

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    Comment number 192.

    At last someone see to the heart of the problem ...... I could never find the word(s) for it ....... now I know ..... it's "dither" .......
    Almost make me wish I believed in a god(s) ...... so I'd have something to pray to ..... We're well and truely f#@~ed .....

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    Comment number 191.

    Some compare us to Germany..

    Can someone explain who 40 yrs of UK of house price inflation benefited other than the owners in 40`s - 60`s..

    UK housing has tripled in real terms, whilst Germany has 10%..resulting in a more balanced economy..

    Building more homes - another asset bubble..


    Issuing special gilts fer infrastructure, ain`t such a bad idea...

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    Comment number 190.

    maybe someone can help me with a question about how the coalition has tried to help us out of recession.

    'We', the people of this country, have given the banks in QE, about £350,000,000,000 ( I think that number is £350 billion pounds), which equates to about £17000 per household. Now I haven't seen much if any improvement in our economy as a result of this huge amount [cont.below]

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    Comment number 189.

    I could be wrong, but heard George Osborne on the Andrew Marr show this morning, complaining how long it takes to build roads.

    Well, perhaps we should employ Japanese engineers who managed to rebuild a road in six days after their country suffered from the dreadful tsnami.

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    Comment number 188.

    "Bring back Atlee and MacMillan. They knew that decent homes were essential to the fabric of the nation".

    PMs Attlee and MacMillan were political giants - Dithering Dave, Gideon, Hunt, Lansley and the rest of their ilk are pygmies by comparison.

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    Comment number 187.

    It's quite simple really Mr Cameron. Sustainable recovery must be export led. Exports are produced by a manufacturing sector. This is an important bit of the economy that creates jobs and wealth. We used to have such a sector until successive governments, mostly Tory, destroyed it in favor of supporting banking - look where that got us.

    Try a policy that invests in rebuilding our engine.

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    Comment number 186.

    David Laws stole money from us. Now, thanks to Cameron, we are going to reward him with a £70,000 pay rise!
    Lack of judgement yet again from this out of touch fool.

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    Comment number 185.

    Once molre at the mention of David Camerons' name the lefties are out in force. Opportunist and brainless, not an ounce of common sense between them. Heaven help us if the two Eds get into power, despair and despondency will seem like the good days are back. NO CHANCE we do not need another dose of Socialism.


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