I knew the Young Turk Kwasi Kwarteng would distinguish himself in Parliament. I figured it might be months or years but in Kwarteng’s maiden speech he came out firing ideas. No fluff speech here! As ConservativeHome reports:
“I have to say—even though this is a maiden speech, I will be controversial—that to hear Labour Members in many of these debates is to be in never-never land; they have not once accepted any blame for what happened and they seem to think that we can just sail on as before.
As they say in Parliament, HERE HERE! But there’s more. Here’s Kwarteng’s answer to soak the rich:
In many of their eloquent speeches it appears that they have forgotten that wealth creation is the most important element in getting us out of this recession. I heard the right hon. Member for Oldham West and Royton (Mr Meacher), who I believe has been in the House for 40 years, say that he was going to tax those in The Sunday Times rich list. Of course, one of the results of their being rich is that they can leave the country in about half an hour, so if he were to go down that route, a lot of them would leave and he would not bring in any more money to the Exchequer.
Create wealth! The rich can leave the UK and take their money with them? Imagine that! There’s more:
“I should say that the truest words said in this debate were uttered by someone making a maiden speech, my hon. Friend the Member for Loughborough (Nicky Morgan), who said that the private sector is the “backbone of our economy”. In my few weeks in the House, I have not heard any truer words uttered in it. That is something that we have to be absolutely focused on, in terms of getting out of the recession. I hate to say this, but I find it staggering that Labour Members have not had the good grace to come to the House to apologise and to show some recognition of the very real problems that we face and the solutions that we need to get out of this situation.”
Can we borrow him for a few years? WELL DONE, Mr. Kwarteng! Thanks to ConservativeHome.com for this story. I recommend this webpage for serious UK Tory watchers.