The endorsement of the 'Tory-led' government by a group of business leaders in a letter to the Telegraph is welcoming, even if not exactly 'unprecedented' as George Osborne suggested, having been orchestrated many times in the past. It's a shame the letter didn't mentioned the key role the Lib Dems have played in the economic recovery since 2010.
Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg made the point that it's an irrefutable fact that the recovery would not have happened without the Lib Dems in government.
The letter claims that the Conservatives want to stay the course of improving our economy but the plans they have announced so far mean savage cuts to vital services and carrying on cutting long after it is necessary.
The Lib Dems plan to balance the country's books by 2017/18 in a fair way. Our plans will ensure we can deliver on the hard work done over the last five years to rescue our economy. We will:
- Balance the books: finish the job of deficit reduction by 2017-18
- Grow the economy: invest in green energy, housebuilding, road and rail networks and broadband
- Reform the banks: complete the introduction of the system of regulation for the banks, promote competition in the banking sector and introduce a time-limited supplementary corporation tax for the banking sector to raise an extra £1bn
Only the Liberal Democrats can build both a stronger economy AND a fairer society.