Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Cameron Promises a Plan for Growth; Calls to Ease Cuts Deemed 'Coward Ly '

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Cameron Promises a Plan for Growth; Calls to Ease Cuts Deemed 'Coward Ly '

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Byline: James Tapsfield

this country who wants to create jobs, and wealth and opportunity."

The premier insisted: "What we're doing might not be popular, but it is the only way.

"The other way is the cowardly way, the irresponsible way and that's never, ever been the Conservative way." The Prime Minister also made a passionate defence DAVID Cameron pledged a personal drive to sell Britain around the world yesterday as the coalition tries to pull UK plc out of the doldrums.

Despite fears that soaring oil costs could undermine recovery, the Prime Minister dismissed "cowardly" calls for public spending cuts to be eased.

Instead, he insisted the only way forward was to tackle the "enemies of enterprise" by cutting tax and bureaucracy, and boost trade.

In a speech to the Conservative spring forum in Cardiff, Mr Cameron said Chancellor George Osborne's crucial Budget in just over two weeks would be "the most pro-growth for a generation".

He blamed Labour for suppressing enterprise since 1997, saying even his baby daughter Florence knew "tax and regulation" was holding Britain back.

"Every regulator, every official, every bureaucrat in government has got to understand that we cannot afford to keep loading costs onto business because frankly they cannot take it any more," he told activists.

"And if I have to pull these people into my office to argue this out myself and get them off the backs of business then believe me, I'll do it."

Mr Cameron went on: "So I can announce today that we are taking on the enemies of enterprise."

The premier said the Government would not merely be cutting tax and regulation and "getting out of the way".

"An enterprise government is an active government using its power and clout to open up new opportunities for business," he said.

And he added: "I know that this country can out-compete, out-perform, out-hustle the best in the world and I'm going to use every last drop of my energy to make sure that happens."

Mr Cameron also said he would be watching banks "like a hawk" to make sure they fulfilled lending commitments to small business. …

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