David Cameron has restated his belief in big society and said his Government will help build a nation of “doers and grafters”.
Speaking to the Conservative party conference in Birmingham today, the Prime Minister declared: “Your country needs you.”
He drew on examples of local activism as examples of the “spirit” of big society but stressed the philosophy was not a cover for spending cuts.
He said: “It is the spirit that I saw in a group of maternity nurses in my own constituency, increasingly frustrated by the way they were managed and handled. They wanted to set up a co-op to use their expertise, their ideas, their contacts to provide a better service for the mums in the area.”
He told delegates the economic recovery depends on wealth creators.
He said: “No those are not dirty words. When you think of a wealth creator do not think of the tycoon in the glass tower, think of the man who gets up and leaves the house before dawn to go out and clean windows. Think of the woman who sits up late into the night trying to make the figures add up so she can pay her staff and go on with her business.”
Cameron said he admired people who left the comfort of the regular wage to strike out on their own and that the Enterprise Allowance will support unemployed people who want to start businesses.