Sunday, 29 March 2015

The choice ahead of us

Britain’s most important election for a generation is now just over a month away, yet in the past week instead of debating issues of substance a lot of the comment has been about style. On the back of a TV appearance in which Labour’s leader, Ed Miliband, claimed to be ‘tough’, the key issue this election will decide seems to have been forgotten.

When we vote on 7 May 2015 we will be deciding who we trust to with our livelihoods, with our security, with our futures. Our economy is still healing, and we will be making a choice about who will be able to make the difficult decisions to keep it on the road to recovery.

When we vote on 7 May 2015 we will be choosing who we think can do what’s needed to keep businesses in Britain investing and creating jobs, so that more people can have the security of a steady wage. We will be making a judgement about who has a plan to get the deficit under control, so that the government needs to take less of our money in taxes to cover Britain’s borrowing.

Anyone can claim to be tough but when David Cameron was making difficult decisions on spending to fix Britain’s finances, Ed Miliband was opposing them. Even now, Labour remain unable to say what difficult decisions they are willing to take to reduce the country’s deficit. Today, Ed Miliband’s deputy campaign chief could only outline 1/75th of the required measures needed to deal with the deficit and keep borrowing down. [1]

Government borrowing has to be paid for in taxes, and many people are struggling to meet their obligations as it is. They David Cameron says he has a long term economic plan that can deliver for our country we can look at what he has done and see the proof: The deficit halved, 1.9 million jobs created, a record 30 million people in work (22 million in full time work), taxes cut for 27 million people.

With David Cameron it is not just words, it’s action that has stopped things getting worse and helped things to start getting better. It has not been easy, and it won’t be easy, but we are now on the road to a better future.

When we vote on 7 May 2015 the choice will not be about TV appearances, it will be about whether we risk all the progress we have made through five years of austerity simply to go back to square one. I am unwilling to chance it, I am sticking with the plan, I hope Britain will do the same.

[1] Spectator, 29 March 2015, link