Cameron is Britain’s PM: Improve the victory speech
The victory speech is probably the easiest of any politician’s career. The fight’s over. All you need to is be gracious and deliver some - let’s face it - platitudes, such as: “Now it’s time to go forward, together.” As opposed to backwards, separately.
So it was as Conservative leader David Cameron, Britain’s new Prime Minister, stood outside 10 Downing Street overnight and delivered his victory speech. “And I think the service our country needs right now is to face up to our really big challenges, to confront our problems, to take difficult decisions, to lead people through those difficult decisions, so that together we can reach better times ahead,” he said.
As opposed to not facing the challenges, and taking easy decisions, so that as a rabble we can wind up in a total dystopia. The full text of Cameron’s speech is below, and you can read about it here and here. But can you improve on the victory speech? What should politicians say when they win? What’s really on their minds? Share your thoughts in the comments.
Her Majesty the Queen has asked me to form a new government, and I have accepted. Before I talk about that new government, let me say something about the one that has just passed. Compared with a decade ago, this country is more open at home, and more compassionate abroad, and that is something we should all be grateful for. And on behalf of the whole country, I’d like to pay tribute to the outgoing Prime Minister for his long record of dedicated public service.
In terms of the future, our country has a hung Parliament, where no party has an overall majority, and we have some deep and pressing problems. A huge deficit; deep social problems; and a political system in need of reform. For those reasons, I aim to form a proper and full coalition between the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats.
I believe that is the right way to provide this country with the strong, the stable, the good, decent government that I think we need so badly.
Nick Clegg and I are both political leaders who want to put aside party differences and work hard for the common good and the national interest. I believe that is the best way to get the strong government that we need, decisive government that we need today.
I came into politics because I love this country, I think its best days still lie ahead, and I believe deeply in public service. And I think the service our country needs right now is to face up to our really big challenges, to confront our problems, to take difficult decisions, to lead people through those difficult decisions, so that together we can reach better times ahead.
One of the tasks that we clearly have is to rebuild trust in our political system. Yes, that’s about cleaning up expenses, yes that’s about reforming Parliament, and yes it’s about making sure that people are in control, and that the politicians are always their servants, and never their masters.
But I believe it’s also something else: it’s about being honest about what government can achieve. Real change is not what government can do on its own; real change is when everyone pulls together, comes together, works together; when we all exercise our responsibilities to ourselves, to our families, to our communities, and to others. And I want to try to help build a more responsible society here in Britain. One where we don’t just ask: “What are my entitlements,” but: “What are my responsibilities?” One where we don’t ask: “What am I just owed,” but more: “What can I give?”
And a guide for that society, that those who can, should, and those who can’t, we will always help - I want to make sure that my government always looks after the elderly, the frail, the poorest in our country. We must take everyone through us on some of the difficult decisions that we have ahead.
Above all, it will be a government that is built on some clear values, values of freedom, values of fairness, and values of responsibility. I want us to build an economy that rewards work, I want us to build a society with stronger families and stronger communities, and I want a political system that people can trust and look up to once again.
This is going to be hard and difficult work. A coalition will throw up all sorts of challenges. But I believe that together, we can provide that strong and stable government that our country needs, based on those values: rebuilding family, rebuilding community - above all building responsibility in our country. Those are the things I care about; those are the things that this government will now start work on doing.
Thank you very much.
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