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Cameron: Britain 'On Right Track' For 2013
David Cameron has used his New Year's message to declare that Britain is "heading in the right direction" on all the big issues and can look forward to 2013 with "realism and optimism".
In a video address, the Prime Minister acknowledged 2012 was "tough", with many families finding it difficult to make ends meet - and admitted he had "no quick fixes" to the UK's economic problems.
But he cited evidence of "real progress" on cutting the state deficit, reforming welfare and improving school standards, which he said was preparing Britain to succeed in the "global race" with emerging economic giants like China and India for the jobs and opportunities of the future.
Mr Cameron said that his administration was "a Government in a hurry" which would not give in to pressure to slow the pace of deficit reduction or rein in reforms to welfare and education.
"This is my message to the country at the start of 2013," said the Prime Minister. "We can look to the future with realism and optimism.
"Realism, because you can't cure problems that were decades in the making overnight. There are no quick fixes and I wouldn't claim otherwise.
"But we can be optimistic too because we are making tangible progress. We are doing what's right for our country and what's best for our children's future."
Insisting that "we are on the right track", 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."
The deficit is forecast to be a quarter smaller at the New Year than it was when the coalition Government came to office. There are almost half a million more people in work, and more than 1,000 new academy schools have opened, said Mr Cameron.
And he 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.
"This is, quite simply, a Government in a hurry," said Mr Cameron. "And there's a reason for that.
"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.
"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."
He added: "This is what this Government is about: making sure Britain succeeds in this global race and, above all, helping our people succeed - the people who work hard and aspire to a better life for their families."
The message steered clear of the debates over Britain's future in the European Union - due to feature in a long-awaited speech by the Prime Minister in the coming weeks - and gay marriage, which have driven divisions through the Conservative Party over the past year.
Instead Mr Cameron looked back on 2012 as "an extraordinary year for our country", characterised by the Diamond Jubilee celebrations and the successful Olympics and Paralympics.
In response, Labour vice chair Michael Dugher said: "It's a case of more of the same from David Cameron.
"In his New Year message, Cameron talks of people who work hard in this country but he's the one hitting hard-working families on lower and middle incomes whilst cutting taxes for millionaires.
"David Cameron stands for the old divide and rule Tory approach of the past - he can't be the One Nation Prime Minister Britain needs.
"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."
what do you think?
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Been on the mulled wine has he? What will 2013 bring for me? Longer hours for less money as the cost of living continues to rise. Lovely.
Making progress on the deficit by making the poor suffer. Making progress on unemployment by putting millions into part time jobs that can't sustain them. Making progress on the NHS by selling it off. Making progress on ministers expenses by slightly altering the rules and still allowing it to happen. Way to go, Dave.
All politicians are out of touch,they put their party befour the people and country,politics is run by the middle class for the benefit of the middle class,poor working class has no voice,they lost it when new labour under Blair took over,another bunch of posh boys.
Byron. Ah yes the utopia of the Blair years when all that mattered was what the headlines in the morning papers were like. Presentation over substance, Good days to bury bad news, spin -doctors manipulating truth to best advantage. Regrettably It has set the bench mark for politics ever since
Hahahahahahaha.. That's it really
Talk talk talk... luks like we r bein screwed over in 2013 aswel peeps
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Nice & Positive, the best way to see things. To be honest things do seem to be getting better, the FTSE 100 is high & as maintained the high for a year now, interest rates are historically low & have been for years with no indication they will be high for years to come, inflation is good petrol is the lowest its been for over a year, employment is getting better with record employment expected by 2015, houses are starting to sell to first time buyers now & are 12% up on last year & the Euro-zone looks like its avoided melt down. So nice to hear a leader talking positive & helping to get things going !
Only you could take positives from this pile of clap trap.
The EU will be pleased, as will anyone who isn`t British.
Right on track? You'd better believe it! Right on track for this country to be under enforced poverty till 2025. . . Were all in it together. . . Right?
Stevie may and his labour claptrap Just what's you and your modern day labours plan be . At least old labour were realists this lot put us were we are today with no plan except borrow more and more which helped put us in this mess to start with. Like the man said we have spent all the money
Paul. At least he accepts that given the likely Labour win in 2015 that nothing is going to change and that they will continue with enforced poverty until 2025. Hardly an alternative
Just like the rest of Europe it's not just this country that's in the bown stuff. But would not be in it as deep if it was not for Blair and co
Anyone remember just how bad this country was before Blair? I do, no min wage so I once worked a six day week (16 hrs per day) for six months for £70 total. My next job was 114 hr week for 50p an hour. No tax credits then. Life was purely miserabl and things really could only get better - and they did. Massive investment was needed because of years of Thatcher underinvestment and yes that meant borrowing. And things are still a lot better for it too.
So Steven Tracey you worked nearly 23 hrs a day working a five day week or 16 hrs a day for seven days. Sorry that's stretching it a little I also worked in the early eighties in the recession no min pay worked sixty plus hrs for £80 a week. But let's also remember the cost of living was way lower and you could buy a three bed semi for £35/40 thousand
We're still sinking fast, regardless of what this liar says. The tories have been in long enough, to make a difference, and we are still heading downhill, yet Grice still harps on about Blair. If you want to get historical, it was the evil old witch, that set up the banks to be all powerful, and to work without restraints, building up to the mess we are in today. Blair/Brown were just too weak to control the banks, after the power the old maggot bestowed on them.
Oooo. Valhtheinhaler pull your claws in being personal calling me grice. Not using my full name well least I use my real name and don't hide behind some ridiculous suddinum. As for the Tories have been in long enough just how long do you think they have been in. It takes a little time to sort out the mess we are in
Dont waste your breath vlad, your talking to a thatcherite. . .and we all know what that means - selfish, immoral, greedy and heartless.
Ok Gricey, it is then. Or is Paul Grice your real name, .??? The whole point of a "pseudonym", is to avoid having personal information spread around the internet, or any other public area. Anyway, back to the issue. They are halfway through a full term, and yet all they have done is spout about what will happen. Osbourne is now backpeddling, as he says his forecast was a bit optimistic. This clown says it's all going to change in 2013, the previous estimate was 2012. Next years annual spout will be "we're well on track for 2014". Make a note of the spelling, by the way, "gricey".... it's "pseudonym". A pretty good measure of intelligence, spelling. It identifies certain failings in the brain. That and blindly voting Tory, of course. Eh... Gricey , old chap... old horse. What what !!! Next please .
"Suddinum",...........lol. I would urge your MP not to back any more cuts in the education budget, Mr Grice.Especially in your area.
I've heard a few people remark on this, and I have to ask - what is the big thing about some people (such as myself) using pseudonyms? What possible difference does it make? People's opinions are just as right/wrong whether they call themselves Joe bloggs or monkeyman1982. Sounds to me like a weak argument to try and discredit someone.
If i were to use my real name, i would be accused of using a pseudonym, anyway. It's Englebert Humperdink, if you really must know.
I hope he is right but then he is a politician so he would say that. One or two things look as if they are improving but unless we get real growth into the economy any improvement is going to be painfully slow. I think we can expect another hard year economically with people's income continuing to be squeezed
realism and optimism ? division and greed
Really more job cuts no full time work tax rises the cost of living is ridicules car insurance and driving a car is nearly unaffordable they have taxed us out of enjoying our self by having a beer or a cigarette yeah its great Mr Cameron I carnt wait for next year
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So St. David wont give in to pressure to slow the reforms. Definitely a man who is Not listening to the people as he claimed to be. Perhaps only the rich who work his strings? I suppose it's all OK if your in his moneyshoes though. His constant propaganda turned people against each other, and took the heat off him, employing Dr. Goebbels tactics such as "If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it" and the people fell for it in droves because he shoved it down their throats at every opportunity. He blames the poor for not working hard enough, and punishes them. If you are rich you got more money in your pay packet. How? Deficit down 25%? Not as quick as the previous government reduced the deficit % left to them. What about the EU he is avoiding as well as the changes in historical law he plans to satisfy 1% of the nation?
Sure they got rid of a massive Thatcher/ Major deficit but they left another one in it`s place.
Lol David stay off the booze I know it's the festive season but really!! Britain is on the verge of collapse. An open door immigration policy because of the eu. Terrorists with new houses walking the streets laughing. Desperately ill people with mental illness having their benefits stopped instead of the workshy so they commit suicide to lower the benefits bill . .i could go on. Its simple to fix David it really is . . Referendum, deportation, immigration freeze, and stop persecuting sick people! Because UKIP is going to destroy you in the next election and there will be a labour government and the end of this country
Easy to lower the benefits bill too. British benefits for British citizens!!
Do you know...I didn't even want to open this article. I knew that this vile little man would just be spewing political bile. Now let me make it very clear here. If this man was the leader of the Labour party and they were in government, I would have opened this with ....Do you know...I didn't even want to open this article. I knew that this vile little man would just be spewing political bile. Today we cannot believe what a politician tells us. When does it come time to say "enough is enough...I'm sorry but you have lied for too long now that I have stopped listening"
Lucien. Know where you are coming from and a change of govt isn't going to make a blind bit of difference. Politics has became a cesspit of spin, lies, half truths and misrepresentations all aimed at tomorrows headlines. It is all so short term and the aim is power so they can maintain their cushy lifestyles whilst telling the rest of us we feel your pain..
Totally agree, Dave. As much as i despise the tory party, mainly because of what Thatcher did, this New Labour is just as bad. The cure is as bad as the illness in this case, but the deep seated core of the problem is most definitely the banks.
The latest assault is on the disabled in 2013. If they can walk 50 yards they lose any mobility component, and entitlement to a vehicle. I work on the engineering side of disability, and most people i see can manage 50 yards, then pay for it with pain or fatigue. They will still lose their independence. But it's hardly surprising Camoron is going for them, just look at his Grandma, she even took the milk away from infants.
Vlad. I accept what you say concerning disabled people but one thing that does puzzle me. People are generally healthier than they have ever been, health care is better and life expectancy is higher. How come therefore the numbers of long term sick rocketed since 2000
Human rights at work etc, gives the employee a ridiculous amount of time off. It's very different to what i'm saying about the disabled. Under Daves new scheme, 200, 000 disabled people are going to be deprived of £54 a week mobility allowance, 90, 000 of those who use it to drive a car, will lose the car. 1% of the 200,000 have been suspected of fraudulent use of the benefit. Camoron has moved the goalposts and his footsoldiers are making judgements from a desk. If you don't need help walking 50 yards, you do not need the mobility benefit. People throwing long term sickies is a completely different matter, which is generally fit people abusing the system. I am just referring to disabled people, who may now be unable to work as the benefit that gets them to their job is being taken away. A healthy woman working in a firm for 3 years , can have almost 2 years off, for maternity issues. The world has gone mad. Maternity, and Paternity also count in the sicky figures you quote, i would say. There's not many of us who actually do a full week, lol, no wonder we're going down the tubes.
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This is 2012, nearly 2013 ! there is no difference between black and white.
PJB. Or rather there is no difference between blue & red as we shall see post 2015
Deluded fool, give hin Nero's fidle!
We're on the right track yeah? There's light at the end of the tunnel! Probably a train coming......