The 'Land of Opportunity' from the Book of Dave

The Conservative party conference is over, the leader has delivered his address promising a 'land of opportunity' to all who want to get a good education, work hard, buy their own home and get on in life.

The address spoke to everyone though much of the core Tory fare was on show.

Earning or learning for the under 25s, help to work, help to buy a home. It was forward looking and enterprising whilst still referencing back to the problems of the deficit and the Labour legacy.
 
The PM backed business unequivocally as the engine of growth, jobs, wealth creation and opportunity, contrasted with Labour's condemnation of the energy companies.

He summarised the aims of his party in the run in to the 2015 election and beyond:

"Our economy, our society, welfare, schools all reformed, all rebuilt with one aim, one mission in mind - to make this country at long last, and for the first time ever, a land of opportunity for all."

I tweeted my handle for each party leader off the back of the conference speeches, Clegg the king maker, Farage the ringmaster, Miliband the memory man, but what of Cameron. The PM will hope to project as Cameron the Statesman, but with party membership dropping at record rates he has much to do to persuade the core Tory vote that he has not abandoned them in favour of the special adviser, the press and the focus group.

Will it work? ......We'll see who improves in the polls.

For me the most interesting single initiative from the entire conference was the commitment by George Osborne to deliver a budget surplus by 2020.

It will be interesting to see if this commitment is formulaic, and whether the build-up of reserves and deployment of investment capital is linked to GDP growth as he hinted, funded from the harvesting of surplus positions year on year. If the Conservatives win power as a single party and achieve this goal they would be almost unique in modern post war history. 

UK budget deficit and borrowing

I hope they succeed, not because they are Conservatives, but because it would be a very good policy in Britain's long term interests. Without concerted sustained action the debt mountain will continue to grow, saddling future generations with an impossible burden. 

If they don't succeed I hope the other parties adopt the policy. This is the policy Jersey has followed for many years, put a little aside in the good times, draw on it in the bad, and stay out of debt.

That's sound advice for a country, a family and or an individual.

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