David Cameron’s vision for a greener future echoes that of Norman Tebbit a generation ago when he called on young people to ‘Get on your bike’ by saying entrepreneurs will drag the economy out of the doldrums.
Speaking on the final day of the Conservative Party conference in Manchester, Cameron said: “Let’s be clear where growth will come from. Not big government, with its Regional Development Agencies and National Investment Corporations but entrepreneurs. New businesses, new industries, new technologies.
“I get enterprise. I worked in business for seven years. And let me tell you what I learned during that time. Complicated taxes, excessive regulations they make life impossible for entrepreneurs.”
Cameron added that the basis of economic growth will be in high technology:
“What are you doing to make it easier to start a business? Easier to take people on? What are you doing to make regulation less complicated? To make locating a business here more attractive?
“Ken Clarke and David Willetts this week helped launch our plan to Get Britain Working.
“It is a plan to boost science, skills, self-employment a plan to improve training, technology, tax incentives for entrepreneurs,” he said.
“It means the man who’s lost his job and his confidence saying yes, I can set up on my own, I can take responsibility, there’s nothing to stop me.
“It means the people he takes on, who thought they were written off, thinking yes I’ve got another chance and I can provide for my family again.
“Self-belief is infectious and I want it to spread again throughout our country especially through the poorest places where Labour let hope fade away.
“In Britain today, there are entrepreneurs everywhere – they just don’t know it yet. Success stories everywhere – they just haven’t been written yet. We must be the people who release Britain,” he said.
“Yes, we have to put our faith in technologies. But that is not a giant leap. Just around the corner are new green technologies, unimaginable a decade ago, that can change the way we live, travel, work.
“And yes, we need global co-operation. But that shouldn’t be difficult. It just takes leadership, and that’s what we need at the Copenhagen summit this December,” he said.
“I see a country with entrepreneurs everywhere, bringing their ideas to life - and life to our great towns and cities. I see a country where it’s not just about the quantity of money, but the quality of life - where we lead the world in saving our planet,” he said.