David Cameron’s speech at this year’s Conservative Party Conference was a thoughtful, sincere and personal message to the country. He began by reminding us that although for the Conservatives this year has been our final chance to say why we should lead the country before the next general election, for David, and his wife Samantha, this year will only ever mean the tragic loss of his oldest child Ivan. I don’t think anyone could be reminded of his loss and not be moved, nor wonder at the courage this man must have had to have carried on leading a national Party throughout his grief.
David’s speech explained that the austerity measures announced in George Osborne’s speech earlier in the week were for a good and necessary purpose – a better Britain. He promised “a steep climb, but the view from the summit will be worth it.”
He said, “I can look you in the eye and tell you that in a Conservative Britain: If you put in the effort to bring in a wage, you will be better off. If you save money your whole life, you’ll be rewarded. If you start your own business, we’ll be right behind you. If you want to raise a family, we’ll support you. If you’re frightened, we’ll protect you. If you risk your safety to stop a crime, we’ll stand by you. If you risk your life to fight for your country, we will honour you.”
I believe that David spoke for Britain when he said these things. He knows what he’s fighting for. Next year a better future for all – families, community and country.
He said: “I am not a complicated person. I love this country and the things it stands for. That the state is your servant, never your master. Common sense and decency. The British sense of community. I have some simple beliefs. That there is such a thing as society, it’s just not the same thing as the state…This is my DNA: family, community, country.”
Labour has broken our economy, damaged our society and put our future at risk, but we are not doomed. With hard work and some sacrifice for all, we can put Britain back on track and, when we do, the “view from the summit will be worth it”…