David Cameron to focus on 'what really matters'

David Cameron David Cameron will attempt to shrug off recent controversies

The Big Picture.

That's what Tony Blair used to say the media should focus on when asked about all the things that were going wrong for his government.

Expect David Cameron to express the same sentiment - if not to use the same language - at his conference this week.

This afternoon William Hague spoke of the "great test of this generation" in a speech which was much more serious than the one his party's grown used to on the opening day of their conference.

What he meant by those words was the simultaneous challenges of tackling the deficit whilst preparing the country to face the growing competition posed by the world's new fast-growing economies.

The Tories' claim will be that George Osborne's deficit reduction programme, Michael Gove's education reforms and Iain Duncan Smith's re-shaping of the welfare state are doing just that.

When asked about pasty taxes or plebs or rail franchises the prime minister will insist that what really matters is the government's big reforms and not the day-to-day cock-ups.

Nick Robinson, Political editor Article written by Nick Robinson Nick Robinson Political editor

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    Comment number 12.

    In my opinion it needs addressing with affordable social housing but it is not something that I see happening. In my area I see many housing developments starting at £150000 upwards, a figure that many people will never be able to afford.

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    Comment number 13.

    Don't know about you but I've stopped listening to David Cameron and this Governments miserable rhetoric. They've had their chance and they've blown it!
    As for Jeremy Hunt and the NHS what a terrible decision to put him in charge of this National Treasure,he'll be inviting Murdoch to bid for NHS contracts soon !

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    Comment number 14.

    At 61.5 years I was made redundant. Jobcentre Plus even with qualifications and never being out of work since leaving school could only send me for one job–they were looking for an apprentice leaving school. They were as astonished as I was! Since then I have been enjoying life spending savings, but this lot want to delay this generation's pension! If there's work I would work. But there's not

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    Comment number 21.

    OK,if you are serious Mr.Cameron...lets see EVERYONE suffer because at the moment the only ones suffering are those who can least afford it.How does snatching away DLA from those who are clearly unable to work save money?How does snatching away sickness benefit from those who are clearly ill save money?At the moment Mr.Cameron all we see is a mealy mouthed liar who protects his own class.

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    Comment number 23.

    The electorate notes the failures of this Tory led government about things that matter to us.

    A failed deficit reduction programme extending into the next parliament.
    A stagnant economy.
    A government penalising worklessness but failing to provide sufficient employment.
    A top down reorganisation of the NHS without the explicit consent of the British people and ignoring NHS medical professions.


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