When ministers in this government talk about investing in education and skills, about making the planning system work; about employment law reform and delivering transport and power generation and broadband communication infrastructure, we are talking about raising Britain’s productivity.
It is not whether an independent Scotland could go it alone and develop its own defence forces - of course it could - but what sort of forces would they be?
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We have got this Damocles’ sword of Standard and Poor’s hanging over us, with the commitment they have made to review Britain’s credit rating in the summer of 2010 after the general election. Everybody in Britain has a vital interest in ensuring that the triple A credit rating agency is maintained.
Sound public finances are the essential foundation on which to construct a better-balanced economy from the wreckage of Labour’s boom and bust. But it is economic growth that will create the jobs and the prosperity for the future and enable us to pay down Labour’s debt.
Let me be absolutely clear: I think it is defeatist to sort of say we want to leave the European Union. We’re going to try and change the rules and change the way it works and change the objectives that it has in order to make it something that works for Britain.
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