Olympics, diamond jubilee will boost UK in 2012: Cameron
British Prime Minister David Cameron pledged on Monday to use the Olympics and celebrations marking 60 years of the queen's reign in 2012 to return Britain to strength despite continuing economic gloom.
"This will be the year Britain sees the world and the world sees Britain. It must be the year we go for it," he said in an upbeat New Year's message.
"The coming months will bring the global drama of the Olympics and the glory of the Diamond Jubilee. Cameras and TV channels around the planet will be recording these magnificent events.
"It gives us an extraordinary incentive to look outward, look onwards and to look our best: to feel pride in who we are and what -- even in these trying times -- we can achieve."
He acknowledged that many people were still struggling amid fears of a return to recession, rising prices and unemployment at a 17-year high, but insisted his government had a plan to get the economy back on track.
"I know how difficult it will be to get through this. But I also know that we will," said the Conservative leader.
He added: "We've got clear and strong plans to bring down our deficit, which gives us some protection from the worst of the debt storms now battering the eurozone.
"We have gained security for now -- and because of that, we must be bold, confident and decisive about building the future."
© 2012 AFP