Throughout his political career, first as leader of the opposition, then as Prime Minister under coalition conditions, David Cameron did the best for his country, often at personal and political cost to himself, and for me that elevates him way beyond being merely a successful politician, and into the realm of true statesman.
The past four months have, at times, been quite unpleasant; the last 60 days gruelling and sometimes vitriolic, and this last six days have been immensely sad.
There has been a lot of drawing of breath today over the Taxpayers’ Alliance’s view that benefit claimants should be forced to work for their money. Sounds like a lot of common sense to me.
What can I say about the headlines this morning that scream that mothers ‘feel discriminated against at work’? Except that it’s not a situation that I recognise at all.
The move by the German Government to attract UK young people onto attractive apprenticeship packages is a stark warning to British business.
You have to ask how much longer people are going to keep on tuning into this tripe! I refer, of course, to my Lord Alan Sir Sugar and his seemingly endless quest for an apprentice.
More people are in work than ever before and the FTSE was up 500 points on where it closed at the end of 2012. Yet we are teetering on the brink of a triple-dip recession. Something just doesn’t add up and maybe the Chancellor’s Budget next month might just give us the answer.
In years to come will I be recalling the details to my grandchildren of the day I sat a few feet away from the Prime Minister this morning, as he mapped out ‘once and for all’ the future relationship between the UK and the rest of Europe? Only time will tell on that one.
Doug Richard’s long-awaited report into apprenticeships could have been written by me, or I suspect any other employer who truly understands the benefits to businesses, individuals and the economy of quality workplace training.