I’m in Cardiff this weekend with three clear messages for the party. One: thank you for everything you’ve done. We’re in government delivering Conservative pledges – from bringing some sense to our public finances to dismantling Labour’s nanny state. This wouldn’t have happened without the constant work of activists up and down the country over this past year. So thank you.
Two: get ready because we’ve got some big elections coming up – council elections, Welsh Assembly elections, Scottish Parliament elections and of course, the AV referendum. AV is fundamentally unfair – it makes politics and politicians less accountable and it means some people’s votes can count more than others. We’ve got to get out there, take these arguments to the country and urge them to vote no to AV.
The third message is to do with our economy. In just over two weeks, we’re going to unveil the most pro-enterprise, pro-business Budget for a generation. It’s going to be a no-nonsense, roll-our-sleeves up Budget in which we do everything we can to make it easier for businesses to grow, invest and take people on.
Make no mistake, I am an enterprise Prime Minister. Every summit I go to, every trip I make, every foreign leader I meet, I’m trying to drum up new trade or business for Britain. I know some people don’t like me doing that. But do these critics think the Germans and the French and the Americans are all sitting at home waiting for business to fall on to their lap? Of course not. They’re getting out there, and so am I.
This is an enterprise government too. Everywhere we can we’re breaking down the barriers to business growth – cutting corporation tax, gripping regulation, bringing in an enterprise allowance to help those who are unemployed set up their own business. But there’s so much more to do. Right now in our country there are what I would call the enemies of enterprise, whether it’s bureaucrats who concoct ridiculous rules or town hall officials who take ages to make planning decisions. Believe me, we are taking them on.
Enterprise is in our party’s DNA. We have always been on the side of the doers, the grafters, the entrepreneurs. They are the wealth creators and the job creators, the ones who will drive Britain’s prosperity in the years to come, and that’s why this government is doing everything possible to get behind them today.