The Battle of Britain; Brown the It's Brown the Builder, but Can He Fix It? Builder. Will Doctor Clegg Transform UK Politics? Can He Fix It? or Will the Cookie Crumble Dave's Way?

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The Battle of Britain; Brown the It's Brown the Builder, but Can He Fix It? Builder. Will Doctor Clegg Transform UK Politics? Can He Fix It? or Will the Cookie Crumble Dave's Way?


Byline: GORDON BROWN

''THIS General Election is fought as our troops are bravely fighting to defend the safety of the British people and the security of the world in Afghanistan.

They bring great pride and credit to our country: we honour and will always support them.

''At the same time the world has been rocked by the first great crisis of the new global economic age.

''In Britain, the political crisis caused by expenses has undermined the bond of trust between the people and the politicians elected to serve them.

''So this cannot, and will not, be a 'business as usual' election.

In our Manifesto we set out plans to address the main future challenges we face in our economy, our society and our politics.

''We will rebuild the economy to secure the recovery and invest in future growth and jobs, for the many not the few. We will renew our society to further strengthen the communities that bind our country together. And we will restore trust in politics with greater transparency and accountability in a system battered by the expenses scandal. ''This programme for further national renewal meets the big challenges of the age. Our Manifesto is ambitious but affordable, bold but realistic, and learns from the lessons we take from our experience to date.

''Over the next ten years we will confront major challenges - intensive global competition, climate change, an ageing society, and bringing stability to Afghanistan. This is a moment for good judgement and serious purpose to meet the challenges ahead.

''Our aim is a modern, progressive Britain based on fairness, respect, decency and openness.

''This is a moment to show greater boldness in response to what Britain has gone through and the toll it has taken.

''We reject a 'business as usual' mentality because we have to re-build and rebalance the economy, as well as renew our society and politics.

''Reform cannot stand still not least because we need to get more value and delivery from public services in a period of public spending constraint.

''Our Manifesto charts an optimistic course in tougher economic times. It builds on and takes forward the reforms we have undertaken since 1997.

''I love Britain and want the very best for our country.'' ''WE'RE just days from what is shaping up to be the most exciting election in a generation.

''Across Britain millions of people - let down by Labour for so long - are deciding it's time for change. So the question now is this: what kind of change do you want? ''The choice is clear. You can choose a Conservative party that will give tax breaks to millionaires; or you can pick a Liberal Democrat party that will close loopholes at the top so you don't pay a penny of income tax on the first pounds 10,000 you earn.

''A Conservative party that won't take on our big banks, keeping wealth hoarded in the City of London; or a Liberal Democrat party that understands there isn't just one Square Mile in Britain, there's 100,000; we need growth across them all.

''A Conservative party that will leave our discredited politics as it is, where power remains the plaything of wealthy donors; or a Liberal Democrat party that'll clean up Westminster and give you the right to sack corrupt MPs.

''The country is at a crossroads. One way leads to division, to a society where the many still lose out to the few. The other leads to a Britain that's fair, where opportunities are open to all.

''In that Britain, Birmingham will be at the heart of a new economy, where we build things again, rather than rely on bets made in our banks.

''By making cuts elsewhere in government, we'll invest pounds 3. …

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