UK Politics

Conservative Party: Cameron says now is not the time for weak government

News   •   Jan 15, 2010 10:17 GMT

At Prime Ministers' Questions, David Cameron challenged Gordon Brown over salt shortages, Labour disunity, and economic mistakes.

Having paid tribute to Captain Daniel Read and journalist Rupert Hamer who have died in Afghanistan, and to those affected by the earthquake in Haiti, he asked if "everything that can be done, is being done" to make sure that we have sufficient supplies of salt.

"What matters now is that we do everything we can to keep the roads open and help people go about their lives", he said, noting that the pressure on supplies and the steps taken to ration salt in the last week clearly show that we need to learn the lessons of this winter.

Moving onto the economy, Cameron highlighted Brown's pledge to change the way he governs in asking for straight answers to his questions.

First, he pointed to the fact that "Britain went into this recession with one of the largest deficits in the industrialised world", because "the Prime Minister thought we had abolished boom and bust". "That claim was wrong, wasn’t it?", he asked.

Second, Cameron said he should admit the truth about spending cuts. "He has stood there week after week and denied what everyone knows to be true: that there will be spending cuts", he said.

Pointing to an admission from the Chancellor that the cuts will be "the deepest for 20 years", he asked if the Prime Minister would repeat that statement, which he did not.

Referring to recent turmoil within the Labour Party, Cameron concluded that the Cabinet and the Labour Party "are too disloyal to support but too incompetent to get rid of [the Prime Minister]".

"Shouldn’t he ask the British people to give their verdict so that we can get rid of the lot of them?", he asked.