How does political conference season affect Grantham?

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Those with an interest in national politics will be aware that each of the political parties are holding their annual conferences.

This week it was the turn of the Labour Party whose members and supporters gathered at Liverpool. Mr Miliband’s key note speech failed to elicit any substantive praise in the press (already his poll rating has fallen), whilst many in the Labour Party are back tracking from his comments defining businesses as either ‘producers’ (to be commended) or ‘predators’ (to be opposed).

Sadly many of Mr Miliband’s comments highlight his own lack of experience in the commercial sector. He is, however, right to call on both businesses and government to act in a socially responsible manner. In Grantham our local business leaders have a proud tradition of helping worthy causes as evidenced by their support for organisations such as the hospice and the food bank.

You might also ask yourself a simple question: what is more socially responsible than a Grantham business growing through hard work and employing more people who in turn pay tax which contributes to the running of government at both a national and local level?

I was pleased to hear Mr Miliband’s thoughts on social responsibility. Like my previous article’s comments on the riots, the Leader of the Opposition clearly believes in a more principled society with a dividing line between right and wrong.

The vast majority of people in the UK know the difference between right and wrong. Politicians need to make a concerted effort to help create a society that rewards excellence and punishes criminality. A free and competitive market provides the most effective safeguards against arrogance and greed that has scared political debate over the last 18 months.

At next week’s Conservative Party conference in Manchester the Prime Minister must identify the challenges the country faces and the solutions he will implement. This means addressing the economic tumult ahead, the moral breakdown of society and the reform of public services so that they deliver on consumers needs, as well as those of the supplier.

by Richard Davies, Conservative