What we want to do is reform the welfare system in the way that Tony Blair talked about 13 years ago but never achieved – a system that was created for the days after the Second World War. That prize is now I think achievable.
Well football teams are perhaps easier to control than political parties I’m sure the Prime Minister would agree with me but yeah I think every team needs discipline and a sense of self-belief and that’s important that’s what leadership’s all about.
We do not celebrate people who have made success out of serious hard work.
The future of Conservatism lies in our beliefs and values not by throwing them away. We need to shed associations that bind us to past failures but hold faith with those things that make us Conservatives.
My view is pensioners don’t have the one option that people of working age have. They can’t really increase their income because they are no longer able to work.
Work is transformative. It gives you a greater chance of a greater income. You can affect your life while you’re of working age so you have scope and opportunity. Pensioners do not.
Kids are meant to believe that their stepping stone to massive money is ‘The X Factor.’ Luck is great but most of life is hard work. We do not celebrate people who have made success out of serious hard work.
It’s fairness to say those who work hard get up in the morning cut their cloth – in other words ‘we can only afford to have one or two children because we don’t earn enough’. They pay their taxes and they want to know that the same kind of decision-making is taking place for those on benefits.
I am an optimist about the UK. We have been involved in trade with our European partners which we will always be doing whatever this relationship is. We are a member of the EU. That gives us benefits. But we have to figure out where that is going. In the world we are a global trader already.
For families across the UK who are income-poor but more than that whose lives are blighted by worklessness educational failure family breakdown problem debt and poor health as well as other problems giving them an extra pound – say through increased benefits – will not address the reason they find themselves in difficulty in the first place.
Over the years the political establishment has frowned if a mainstream politician mentions marriage.
There are few more powerful tools for promoting stability than the institution of marriage.