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Cameron 'slightly fluffs' gesture for Ed Balls

by - Political Correspondent

David Cameron says he has a new gesture for Ed Balls, pointing a finger skywards to demonstrate all the things that are going well in the economy.

He slightly fluffs it by then jabbing his finger downwards as he talks about some things which are supposed to be going up.

These things are tricky to get right.

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Cameron 'tries to bridge the gap Miliband has created'

by - Political Correspondent

The Prime Minister is trying to bridge the gap Ed Miliband has created between an improving economy and living standards, which lag behind.

Undated British Waterways of Pontcysyllte Aqueduct  near Wrexham, North Wales.
David Cameron 'is trying to bridge the gap between an improving economy and living standards.' Credit: British Waterways/PA Archive

Reminding everyone that the two are inextricably linked will be absolutely central to the next General Election campaign.

PM 'addresses those at home watching speech on TV'

by - Political Correspondent

The way the autocue is placed, David Cameron is often staring straight into the camera; not just addressing the nation but talking to you at home watching the telly.

A family watches television in their living room in the 1960s.
David Cameron appeared to be addressing the people at home watching his speech on TV. Credit: Kurt RAhrig/DPA/Press Association Images

It is very direct, especially when he says: "What matters is the effort you put in, and if you put the effort in you'll have the chance to make it."

(That's in the Land of Opportunity by the way).

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Cameron expands on 'land of opportunity' theme

Expanding on his central theme of "a land of opportunity for all," Cameron says:

So it makes no difference whether you live in the North or in the South, whether you’re black or you’re white, a man or a woman, the school you went to, the background you have, who your parents were…

There is no shortcut to a land of opportunity. No quick fix. No easy way to do it.

You build it business by business, school by school, person by person ... patiently, practically, painstakingly.

And under-pinning it all is that deep, instinctive belief that if you trust people and give them the tools, they will succeed.

– David Cameron

Cameron talks of ending the 'casino economy'

The Prime Minister is stressing the importance of holding course on the economy, and accuses Labour of wanting to take Britain "back to square one".

In place of the casino economy, one where people who work hard can actually get on.

In place of the welfare society, one where no individual is written off.

In place of the broken education system, one that gives every child the chance to rise up and succeed.

– David Cameron

Cameron compares task ahead to that facing Thatcher

The Prime Minister is moving onto Margaret Thatcher's legacy in government.

"Margaret Thatcher made our country stand tall again, at home and abroad," he says.

He compares his task to that of Mrs Thatcher who also had "an almighty mess to clear up when she came to office".

Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in April 1982.
David Cameron compared the task facing his government to that of Margaret Thatcher's. Credit: PA/PA Wire

Recounting an anecdote at a dinner, he say: "After a while I said: 'Margaret, if you had your time in government again, is there anything you'd do differently?'

"And she turned to me and said: 'You know, I think I did pretty well the first time around'."

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