David Cameron and George Osborne finally have taken the opportunity to throw out their previous pledge to match Labours unrealistic spending plans that have led us to economic ruin and are finally ‘talking Tory’. Gone are the pledges to match Labours unsustainable spending and in comes good old fashioned Tory thrift. Osborne told the Financial Times that sticking to Labours proposed 1.1% rise in spending was not only unrealistic but completely unaffordable. I was further delighted to hear his belief that spending cuts rather than tax rises were the best way to deal with the biggest peacetime budget deficit. We Conservatives have never flinched from taking the tough decisions neccessary to get this nation back on track when faced with dire a Labour economic inheritance. Over the last year in particular Cameron has sought to invoke Margaret Thatcher not only to reassure his core vote, but to revive the memory of a tough and decisive leader in the minds of the British public who yearn for such conviction when faced with what we have at present.
They may not have liked her personally but the vast majority of Britons, as poll after poll confirms, admired her determination and drive and her ability to be upfront and honest with the public. Cameron and Osborne are showing such honesty. They are looking at the nations finances and, like the housewife, reigning in their spending to suit. It has been overzealous spending and borrowing that has got us in to this mess in the first place and now only through tough Tory thrift can we get this nations finances back on track. It won’t be easy, of course it wont and we can no doubt expect Labour to throw our planned public expenditure cuts back in our faces. But the British public will not be fooled. They don’t believe a word that Labour say anymore and we must take their windy rhetoric on the chin. As Winston Churchill, that most Conservative and British of Icons, once said the British people “are the only people who like to be told how bad things are – who like to be told the worst” We are telling them the worst and we can have faith that they will respond to it.