British PM issues economic pep talk

5th October 2011, Comments 0 comments

Prime Minister David Cameron will seek to boost Britons from the economic doldrums on Wednesday, insisting that while things were difficult, a brighter future lay ahead.

With sluggish growth and more spending cuts on the way as the Conservative-led coalition seeks to eliminate a record budget deficit, Cameron will admit that Britain is living in an "anxious time".

But in his closing speech to the Conservative party's conference in Manchester, northwest England, he will call for a "can-do" attitude and hard work to turn things around.

"Let's reject the pessimism. Let's bring on the can-do optimism. Let's summon the energy and appetite to fight for a better future for our country -- Great Britain," he will say, according to advance extracts of his speech.

He adds: "Nobody wants false optimism. And I will never pretend there are short cuts to success. But success will come, with the right ideas, the right approach, the right leadership."

In an address aimed more to the wider public than his fiscally conservative party delegates, Cameron will stress that this approach includes sticking to the government's deficit reduction plan.

Echoing Finance Minister George Osborne's speech to conference on Monday, he will say there would be no tax cuts or any increase in public spending, arguing: "The only way out of a debt crisis is to deal with your debts."

He will insist: "Our plan is right. And our plan will work. I know you can't see it or feel it yet ... Slowly but surely we're laying the foundations for a better future.

"But this is the crucial point: it will only work if we stick with it."

© 2011 AFP

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