It was critical for David Cameron’s government that he gave a solid performance today; one that shored up his party’s support, but also reassured those voters starting to wonder whether the coalition is on the right track economically.

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Between the gushing responses of delegates and the indignant ones of his political opponents, the general response to this speech was that it was a solid performance; Cameron did what he needed to do.

There was a clear statement on why the government’s economic plan is still necessary, delivered convincingly despite some depressing data released in the last 48 hours.

The prime minister also attacked Labour’s solutions to the country’s economic woes and offered a neat rebuff to Ed Miliband’s One Nation Labour, rebranding it One Notion Labour, the party of borrowing.

But the key theme of the speech was that Britain was a country that could not take its privileged place in the world for granted, it would have to fight and work to remain at the top table.

“Britain on the rise” was the stand out phrase. To see that happen it was the government’s job to remove barriers. Cameron outlined three; the failing education system, a burgeoning welfare state and costly public pensions.

But at the heart of the speech was the idea that the nation’s future lay in the collective effort and achievements of the people of Britain. That is a direct call to the kind of “strivers” Cameron thinks he needs to reach out to in order to win in 2015.

• What did you think of David Cameron’s speech? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

11 comments

  • BG "How we got in this mess..."? See my letter Monday October 2012: New Labour cross-dressing as Tories, and Tories staying Stumm for 13 years in Opposition... apart from advocating even LIGHTER-touch regulation. THAT's how we got in this mess, BG. A plague on both their houses... :-(

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    martin wallis

    Thursday, October 11, 2012

  • Whilst I agree with David Cameron's sentiments that people need to take more responsibility, I am concerned about the underlying message of favouring profit over health. I would prefer the UK to lose its G8 status if keeping it is at the cost of the welfare and safety of our children, the elderly and the infirm. That price is too high. As a nation, we should not be sacrificing health and lives in the pursuit of wealth.

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    Mathew Westhorpe

    Wednesday, October 10, 2012

  • He admitted the Coalition's economic policies have failed but failed to sack the architect of his woes, George Osborne, when he had the chance.He is a millstone around Cameron's neck.

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    Peter Watson

    Wednesday, October 10, 2012

  • BG "How we got in this mess..."? See my letter Monday October 2012: New Labour cross-dressing as Tories, and Tories staying Stumm for 13 years in Opposition... apart from advocating even LIGHTER-touch regulation. THAT's how we got in this mess, BG. A plague on both their houses... :-(

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    martin wallis

    Thursday, October 11, 2012

  • Undoubtedly, David Cameron's poorest hour. A speech that used his dead, disabled son as a political platform on which to justify the taking away of Disability Living Allowance for the poorest and most vulnerable in the country; that claimed they were not cutting the NHS while simultaneously cutting millions from its budget; that criticised 'intellectuals' while claiming to be the party of education. He has, I fear, now lost all credibility.

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    Cliff James

    Thursday, October 11, 2012

  • Following Ed`s hour and a bit diatribe about nothing in particular, which included a few distortions of the truth about our tax system, DC got it about right. Not a brilliant speech but one that everyone could understand. How we got in this mess, where we are now and what still needs to be done. I thought he struck the right tone.

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    BG

    Wednesday, October 10, 2012

  • Oh dear, perhaps the PM's most embarrassing hour of his career. Full of uncertain pauses and coughs, lies about not cutting the NHS (Cameron has in fact cut the NHS by cuts of £20billion), and an inexplicable reference to his father having one leg shorter than the other and "probably being sometimes lonely" (was this an attempt to compete with Ed Miliband's parents fleeing the Nazis?), the worst of it all was that Cameron pretended to 'care' when it is quite obvious he couldn't care less. An abject failure.

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    Cliff James

    Wednesday, October 10, 2012

  • Unimpressed... false emotion. I've heard Cameron speak in person during a Norwich visit. Didn't impress me then, doesn't now. He admits his policies have failed and yet promises more of the same ??? What I found offensive about his speech was his capitalising on his own children. something his Labour predecessor (who has a child with cystic fibrosis) never did.

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    Mike

    Wednesday, October 10, 2012

  • Cameron's speech was the predictable flummery from a used (saloon) car salesman who presides over an omni-shambolic administration: roll on 2015

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    martin wallis

    Thursday, October 11, 2012

  • I've heard Cameron speak in person, wasn't impressed then, totally unimpressed now... over privileged Bullingdon Boy. After more than two years in government admits that the ConDem policies have failed... yet his answer is more of the same. He hardens attitudes to those unfortunate enough to be on benefits (the majority of whom have jobs that simply pay too little to pay even basic living costs) yet rewards the overprivileged and overpaid with further tax breaks... Has his tory cash cow Lord Cashcrop.. sorry Ashcoft paid the taxes he owes the country yet? He is simply Thatcher the snatcher.. but without the handbag.

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    Mike

    Wednesday, October 10, 2012

  • Dave's script writers know what the blue rinse brigade wanted to hear....I predict a riot...and many of them.

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    nrg

    Thursday, October 11, 2012

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