Hague: Work Harder Instead Of Complaining
Foreign Secretary William Hague has bluntly declared that there is only one solution to Britain's economic problems - hard work.
Mr Hague, in a deliberately tough message to business chiefs, said bosses should stop complaining and start working to help bring the country back to prosperity.
The senior Tory's comments are a direct riposte to business leaders who criticised the lack of measures for economic growth in the Queen's Speech.
"There's only one growth strategy: work hard," Mr Hague told The Sunday Telegraph. "I think they should be getting on with the task of creating more of those jobs and more of those exports, rather than complaining about it."
The Foreign Secretary added that Britain had seen the work ethic decline in recent years because people believed they could "live on expanded debt forever, rather than having to earn what we spend".
Asked if his comments could be compared to Lord Tebbit's "on your bike" message to the unemployed in the 1980s, Mr Hague said: "It's more than that.
"It's 'Get on the plane, go and sell things overseas. Go and study overseas'. It's much more than getting on the bike, the bike didn't go that far."
The tough new approach is believed to be part of a new coalition strategy to appeal to the hard-working and struggling families.
It is thought that Downing Street felt Mr Hague, as a former comprehensive schoolboy from Yorkshire whose parents manufactured soft drinks was seen as a better person to deliver the message than David Cameron or George Osborne.
The shift in tone comes after business chiefs including Sainsburys' boss Justin King accused the Government of failing to include any radical economic plans in the Queen's Speech.
As the Tories and Lib Dems battle to recover from major losses in the local elections, a new opinion poll has dealt a fresh blow to Mr Cameron.
The YouGov survey put Ed Miliband's approval ratings above Mr Cameron's for the first time in almost a year.
Almost a third, or 32%, felt the Labour leader was doing well and 55% said he was doing badly - giving him a net rating of -23% which compares to -29% for Mr Cameron.
Worryingly for the Prime Minister, the survey also found that only 39% of Tory voters believe the 2015 election will end in a Conservative majority.
And more than two thirds - 64% - said they believe the coalition has been bad for Britain.
But Mr Hague insisted Mr Cameron was a great leader and said he hoped he was at the head of the Tory party for "as long as possible".
"He is the sanest person to lead the Conservative Party in a long time, me included," the Foreign Secretary told the Telegraph.
"He's very focused, he doesn't change at all. His manner, his good humour, his way of dealing with his colleagues doesn't vary according to whether political fortunes are up or down. And I think that sort of steadiness is a great asset in a leader."
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All very well, Willy boy, but not everybody's mum and dad had their own pop business for their kids to fall back on. You expect us to work harder, with fewer staff, for longer hours, for less money and with insecure jobs to pay off the rich man's debt caused by their greed while OUR tax billions slosh around 'idly' in the banks' vaults and the rich get tax cuts. Don't make me laugh.
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This guy certainly knows how to inflame people with his snide comments His remarks should have been aimed at politicians and include "and in the national interest". If Cammers or Ossy had been allowed to say those words heaven only knows what the response could have been Hague is just brown nosing again
Same old Tories then! I work harder now than i ever have! I earn half of what i did 2 years ago. Im always at work. So much so my son hardly sees me. but wait! I need to work harder. Don't make me laugh you slime ridden Tory! You rich people love cracking the whip on the rest of us. Shameful- and to think these guys got in by default. 3 years left of this shower of idiots. Look what damage they've done in 2 years! My god we are in trouble people. Never let these slave masters in again. Ever.
agreed amigo ! :)
The trouble is that there are so many anti-growth measures! High fuel taxes are one, another is the way in which electricity bills are inflated to subsidies so called 'green' energy, and then there is high VAT and air passenger duty. All opf these things add to costs and make the UK uncompetitive. Of course, lacking experience of the real world, none of our leaders or their useless civil servants understand any of this!
That's unfair - he did work on a brewer's dray when younger. Probably wasn't bright enough for the job on a permanent basis.
Who the hell does he think he is? Arrogant jumped up little toerag.
Sorry Dave, I put my comment up before I read yours. Didn't mean to copy. :0(
Hard work to a Jeremy Hunt ( rhyming slang for a politician) is flapping their tongues about.
I like that, even though I am a Tory (bitterly disappointed and dsiillusioned). In future I will be able to say that so and so is a 'right Jeremy Hunt', eventrually when it catches on, he will be a 'right Jeremy'.
Love it!.......new expression! And very apt for baldy man!
Yes but Julie, he would have to have whiskers round his face to look like one!
What an arrogant toe-rag! Mind you his comments probably are true but the actual wording says a lot about this person.
say the politicians who have never done a days work in their whole life and i mean whole life......they may have a job , but they dont have a clue what work is.....not by definition of the word at any rate..... a job and work, can, but not always be two entirely different things
Never a truer word. I wonder if the person who has given you a " minus " mark would care to explain him/herself.
When he was the Prime Minister he lost the election to Labour. So he is useless. He supports Cameron, Clegg and Osbourne so he is not a real Conservative but a Liberal .
Don't flatter him. he was only leader of the Tory party. never prime minister.
Type his name in your search and look in his biography on wiki p . Read this and you will see what a True Tory he is.
And he was never a real 'Prime Minister' either He was the first of a run of three Tory leaders who failed to look convincing to anyone alongside Ian Duncan Smith and Michael 'I'm not going to hurt you' Howard.
When was he prime minister.... have I missed something????
Well Mr hague if the grafters and i mean those that work hard for very little money were paid more for their efforts there maybe just productivity. However its the pen pushers and fat cats who sit drinking coffee that are paid far too much. Try living in the real world Mr Hague with people who can't afford to buy a suit let alone wear one. Typical tory mouth. Get real.
he was talking about the bosses Shireen. typical jumping to conclusions labour mouth. get real yourself and start reading properly.
and to add to that employers have very little respect for their employees these day.
I used to rather like Willie, but what a load of s**te about Cameron! And a politician telling anyone to work harder is plenty rich, given the holidays they take. I think the people who got us into this mess should be leading by example. By the way, where has Brown slithered off to?
He was referring to business chiefs if you read the article properly. I think we would all agree with that.
nice one Louise. off they go jumping to conclusions as usual. first chance they get (or think they get) and the toys get thrown and the insults begin.
Yes, I did realise that. Makes no difference. If our businesses weren't struggling against a deluge of extortionate taxes and regulations then the economy might have a better chance of recovery. No point in whipping the horse when it's still tied to the rail because it can't go anywhere!
word harder ......so we can give more of our cash away.i am working harder than ever,ok no problem with that ,but not even treading water ,just slowly sinking under this bunch of clowns.amazing statement to make given all the holiday m.ps get.Sooner this tory filth are gone the better.they are clueless as to whats going on in the real world.
your doing the work harder bit, now all youve got to do is stop complaining and your there.
"Mr Hague, in a deliberately tough message to business chiefs, said bosses should stop complaining and start working to help bring the country back to prosperity." "The senior Tory's comments are a direct riposte to business leaders who criticised the lack of measures for economic growth in the Queen's Speech." Above are two quotes from Hagues speech. All you hate filled lefties should try reading it before you go shooting your nasty mouths off.
After the coalition awarded the Crossrail contract to Germany, the Royal Fleet Auxiliary contract to South Korea and leaving hard working citizens in the UK facing long term unemployment. Thats almost £2 billion of British GDP lost and helping bolster 2 foreign Countries economies. Is Hague a hypocrite ? Or am I missing something ???????????????????????????????????????????????? Keep industry for British trains and ships in Britian !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Well said, Jim! Our dimwit politicians are saying they want growth while actually taking measures to choke it! Someone ought to tattoo a Union flag on their foreheads to remind them of who they are supposed to be representing.
hes just a arrogant spolit t@@t!ok i can see his point about debt.some people have got themselves into trouble by living of unnesssary debt and now struggling to pay for it.living way above your means.we have to take some responsibily for out actions.however it was labour that allowed this easy money and bank deregulation.they allowed all this debt.trouble is were now paying though the nose to bail out the banks.nothing in it for us.just looking after the likes of him the and other coalition cronnies.has long has iam rich stuff you attitude.there pollices arent working because of there greed unless your rich.so the best thing he can do is shut up and keep his opinions to himself.useless man