Monday, 27 April 2015

10 days to secure Britain’s future

The 2015 General Election is just 10 days away. Most people will have noticed this, just from the increased news coverage of politics, but I don’t get a sense that a lot of what the politicians are saying is getting through. Promises, claims and counter claims have created a kind of constant background noise that makes it hard to pick up anything specific. For many people there is a fog clouding the choice at this election and how important it is.

Putting it simply in 10 days time we must choose either to stick with the Conservatives’ long-term economic plan, which is starting to turn our country around, or to go back to square one and risk our future on an unstable alliance between Labour and the SNP.

Through all the noise, through all the arguments, at its heart that is what the upcoming election is about: Do we stick with the plan? Or do we risk that Labour, without a majority, can somehow keep Britain’s economy recovery going while relying on the SNP – a party with no interest in 75 per cent of the U.K. yet says they will be writing Britain’s budgets under Labour?

After the deepest recession in Britain’s peacetime history, the last five years were always going to be difficult. Nobody could pretend otherwise, nor do the Conservatives seek to. David Cameron has been open about the fact that, due to the size of the deficit his government inherited, difficult decisions had to be made: Government borrowing and spending is paid for by taxes, the only way to reduce that burden on hardworking people is to get government borrowing down. That has led to the need to cut government spending, but given the need to help working people have enough money to get by, there was no alternative.

In the next five years things should start to get better, but crucially there is still more to do. Yes, the deficit has been halved since David Cameron became Prime Minister. Yes, also under David Cameron, 2 million jobs have been created so that a record 31.05 million people have jobs (22.69 million of which are full time), and nearly 30 million people have had an income tax cut. However, there is still more to do, and any departure from the plan could see everything fall apart.

In the last five years, all the difficult decisions David Cameron’s government took to get us to this point were opposed by Ed Miliband and Labour. Without a majority, having to barter on a vote by vote basis with the SNP, will Labour be any more capable of taking action to secure Britain’s future?

In the last five years, David Cameron has shown he can make the difficult decisions to get us to where we need to go. It has not been easy but gradually Britain is being turned around. The choice in front of us all is do we change direction now, after everything we have achieved, when the alternative looks such a risky and insecure gamble?

It won’t happen overnight but given time the Conservatives’ long-term economic plan will deliver a better, brighter, more secure future for all of us. That is not something anyone can confidently say of a chaotic and confused arrangement between a minority Labour government and the SNP (and potentially other minor parties too). That’s why on 7 May 2015 there is only one choice anyone can really feel confident about making: the choice to keep David Cameron as our prime minister by voting Conservative.