David Cameron: family values the key to responsible society

Telegraph (UK) 29 Mar 2009

David Cameron, the Conservative leader, has said that the restoration of family values and a new commitment to economic and social responsibility are key to repairing “broken Britain”. He promised that a Tory government would “lead by example,” by paying off public debt and curbing spending while supporting parents, teachers and doctors to take the right decisions. And he delivered a hard-hitting attack on irresponsible benefits cheats and bankers, saying that the culture of relying on others and thinking only of oneself “must end”.

In a speech to the Welsh Conservative conference in Cardiff, he said: “We’ve seen too many of the ugly things that happen when people duck responsibility: the father who leaves a mother and child to fend for themselves, the banker who clamours for his bonus when he’s bust the bank. “The healthy welfare claimant who thinks it’s OK to live off benefits paid by others or the businessman who puts profits before the planet. All this irresponsibility must end.” He added: “That is our mission: to help build a responsible society where government leads by example and lives within its means.”

…Families would be put at the fore-front of the Government’s policy making, with Mr Cameron stressing his belief in the importance of marriage and supporting parents. He said: “We want to see a more responsible society, where people behave in a decent and civilised way, where they understand their obligations to others, to their neighbours, to their country. And above all, to their family. Families are the most important institution in our society. We have to do everything in our power to strengthen them.”