Reassurance and optimism were the themes of David Cameron's New Year message, but as ITV News Political Correspondent Romilly Weeks reports, the message did not impress everyone:
David Cameron today insisted that Britain is "heading in the right direction" in his New Year message.
You can view the whole message below:
David Cameron has said in his New Year's message that his government are making "tangible progress."
The prime minister said:
– David Cameron
We can look to the future with realism and optimism. Realism, because you can't cure problems that were decades in the making overnight. There are no quick fixes and I wouldn't claim otherwise.
But we can be optimistic too because we are making tangible progress. We are doing what's right for our country and what's best for our children's future."
On all the big issues that matter to Britain, we are heading in the right direction and I have the evidence to prove it.
David Cameron today used his New Year's message to stress that Britain is "heading in the right direction" on the big issues and that the new year should be met with "realism and optimism".
In the video message, the prime minister acknowledged that the past year had been "tough", with many families finding it difficult to get by, and conceded that there were "no quick fixes" for the UK economy.
He cited evidence of "real progress" on cutting the state deficit, reforming welfare and improving school standards, which he said was preparing Britain to succeed in the "global race" with emerging economic giants like China and India.
Cameron said that his administration was "a government in a hurry" which would not give in to pressure to slow the pace of deficit reduction or rein in reforms to welfare and education.