Conservative Party Conference 2012 – Cameron’s ‘aspiration nation’

Prime Minister David Cameron closed the Conservative Party Conference today in Birmingham with an inspirational and a powerful speech. He vowed to ‘get Britain on the rise’ again by unleashing the power of enterprise and to build an ‘aspiration nation’ and admitted that the economic recovery is taking longer than expected however, Labour offered no credible alternative and the country could only clean that up under his leadership. How many times have we already heard this?

He made quite a few strong points during the speech, but one that stood out, was on the Olympics and Paralympic games of this summer. He said his favourite moment of the games was when he presented a gold medal to Paralympic swimmer Ellie Simmonds. Referring to the Paralympics legacy, he spoke so movingly about his disabled son Ivan who died in 2009. ‘”When I used to push my son Ivan around in his wheelchair, I always thought that some people saw the wheelchair, not the boy. Today more people would see the boy and not the wheelchair and that’s because of what happened here this summer.” followed by a big round of applause.

We have seen a number of Tories during the week standing behind that podium taking a swipe at Ed Miliband – Cameron also did not fail to do the same. Miliband’s bid to steal the Tory’s ‘One Nation’ slogan has been the main talk between the Tories in their conference this week. David Cameron condemned Labour as “the party of one notion – more borrowing”.

Many are wondering why on earth did he not give that speech before the last election? It was possibly his strongest, on-point speech he has given since he became PM. However, what can a speech solve if no one acts on it right away? The Government will continue to make some awful mistakes on the tax system, healthcare system and the economy. I do however believe his speech will change a lot of minds on the Tories but this speech will not miraculously give Cameron a ticket to win the next general election. Far from it.

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