May 6th will decide if we have to endure a nightmare five more years of bad government high on debt and addicted to bullying, centralising, nannying interference – or if we make a fresh start.
There is only one choice – Brown or Cameron in No.10 on 7th May. I have no doubt which of these has what it takes to get Britain out of the hole Gordon Brown has dug for us. It is not Mr. Brown. The problem cannot be the solution. When your house is on fire it is not the arsonist you call. So don’t dial X for Brown on 6th May!
People tell me David Cameron is too much a man of the centre ground. So he is. I make no apology for that. But he is also a Conservative. His instincts, and ours, are the natural conservative instincts of the British people – for family, a smaller state, the rule of law, traditional teaching, paying down debt, reducing immigration, protecting the countryside, cutting welfare dependency, returning power back to local people, to professionals on the ground and the ‘small battalions’ everywhere. What is more, as we saw in the last few days, even in the face of the yawning maw of Brown’s debt, our instinct will be to reduce tax on low and middle income and help business and jobs grow when and where we can.
We will work to win and deserve to win not just because this Labour Government is bad – though it is truly, truly dreadful – but because David Cameron’s analysis of the ‘broken society’ is a compelling and challenging image of what has gone so wrong after years of crazed and wasteful public spending, progressive tampering with teaching in our schools, constant state meddling in our lives, the growth of inter-generational welfarism and the junking of old values and ideas. We can’t go on like this.
It will be an immense task to put together the pieces. But David Cameron can and will do it, by drawing deep on old-fashioned Conservative commonsense and the goodwill and spirit of people of all parties and none in our country who want to save our country from ruin. He has the will, toughness, policies and values to do it.
Gordon Brown has ransacked our pensions, sold our gold reserves, invented more taxes than anyone in history, debauched the treasury and mortgaged our future, piling debt beyond belief on our children and grandchildren. It will take great sacrifice to win back that future for our children, all too many of whom languish among the highest toll of youth unemployment in Europe. We owe it to them to roll our sleeves up and get on with the job of winning back the future that New Labour are stealing from us all.