Did I tell you that I know David Cameron? Ah, well I do, but so do about 50 million other people in the UK! He has just emailed me to wish me a happy christmas and to tell me how he will get the UK economy moving again. He doesn’t want to “save the world” like Gordon Brown but one of the things he wants to do is to get money to small businesses so that they can start investing in this country’s future. In the UK there is a huge number of small businesses and I agree that they should be supported. Anyway, I thought that you would like to see David Cameron’s email to me, so I have copied it word for word below.
When the financial crisis happened, I made it clear that the Conservative Party was ready to put aside party differences to help bring stability. That’s why we supported the recapitalisation of our banks.
I also said that we would not suspend our critical faculties over this Government’s calamitous economic policy decisions – decisions that helped not only cause this crisis by encouraging government and personal debt to spiral out of control, but could also make the recession deeper and last longer.
That’s why we have set out a positive alternative, starting with immediate action to tackle the credit problems at the heart of the issue.
It’s clear the recapitalisation is failing to restart lending to the real economy, so we’ve proposed a National Loan Guarantee Scheme to underwrite loans to businesses.
It is vital that this £50bn proposal – which has been welcomed by the business community – is taken forward by the Government right now.
I can’t promise it will save the world, but the sooner the Government swallows its pride the sooner we can get credit flowing again, and help Britain’s struggling businesses.
Conservatives have always understood and supported businesses, we know what they need to prosper.
We also recognise that they make a difference not just by creating wealth, offering employment, and paying taxes to fund public services, but by making their money in a moral way, treating their employees right, strengthening communities, and playing a positive part in society.
So we don’t see the financial crisis as an excuse to bash capitalism, we see it as a challenge to make it work better in the future.
As well as better regulation we need to reinforce the values of trust, integrity and responsibility – with strong institutions, and incentives to do the right thing.
And just as importantly the Government should lead by being as prudent with the public finances as we expect banks to be with private finances, and by being as moral and responsible with the public purse as we expect business to be with consumers’ cash.
That’s what a Conservative Government would do. Let’s hope we get a chance to have one in the coming year.
Thank you for all your support, and have a very Merry Christmas”