The British Conservative leader David Cameron has given his final speech to the party faithful before next year’s general election. Speaking at the party conference in Manchester he underlined the party’s priority was re-balancing the UK budget, and although he promised a “steep climb”, he said “the view from the summit will be worth it.”
“Who has made the poorest poorer ? Who left youth unemployment higher ? Who made inequality greater ? No, not the “wicked” Tories ! You, Labour !You are the ones who have done it to this society ! Don’t you dare lecture us on poverty. You have failed and it falls to the modern Conservative Party to help the poorest in our country today,” he said.
Cameron has revealed there will be spending cuts immediately under a new Conservative government, but he remained vague about policy, just indicating where he wants to take the country, and skimming over the details. On Europe he said this:
“Here is a progressive reform plan for Europe. Let us work together on the things where the EU can really help, like combating climate change, fighting global poverty, and spreading free and fair trade. But let us return to democratic and accountable politics those powers the EU should not have.”
Most observers agreed it was a strong performance from the former public relations man, but a major problem remains. The Conservatives have a lead in the opinion polls mainly because the Labour government is so unpopular, rather than people wanting to run with the Tories. To be sure of victory they need to change that.