Public service blogging: David Cameron’s CPRE lecture, uncensored

The news that the Conservative Party has deleted all pre-2010 speeches from its website and, apparently, tried to erase them from the internet, has prompted a number of organisations to post old speeches.  Perhaps it is all just a cunning ploy to get campaigning groups to give Ministers some free publicity.

In any case, as a public service here is David Cameron’s CPRE lecture on communities and the countryside, delivered on 12 May 2008.  In it he said: “The beauty of our landscape, the particular cultures and traditions that rural life sustains – these are national treasures, to be cherished and protected for everyone’s benefit.  It’s not enough for politicians just to say that – we need leaders who really understand it and feel it in their bones.  I do.”  I believe he does, but I wish he would do a bit more about it.

After the speech we hosted a blog, to which David Cameron kindly responded.  He said: “My goal is more beautiful, affordable, eco-friendly homes.  And in achieving that goal I start from the premise that local people know better where these new homes should go than officials in Whitehall or at regional level do.  It’s precisely because new development is often imposed on communities – and is all too often unsympathetic to the environment and comes without roads, schools, or hospitals – that it’s so unpopular.”

I think we can all agree with that.   


2 Responses to “Public service blogging: David Cameron’s CPRE lecture, uncensored”

  1. 1 Arthur Franks November 14, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    No wonder they want to get rid of pre 2010 speeches, they have back tracked on so many things. What amazes me is they are STILL blaming the last government when things go wrong. Where is all this affordable housing or even social housing to meets peoples needs? As for green belts and communities being considered when a builder wants to build, forget even if the local authority turn an application down the government will pass it.

  2. 2 Albert albert November 15, 2013 at 5:10 pm

    When he said that local people “know better where these new homes should go than officials in Whitehall or at regional level do” there was an obvious group missing. He never said he thought local people knew better than property developers with money to burn who would appeal again and again every time local people (and officials) tried to stop them.

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