Ryan Robson is a managing partner of the private equity firm Sovereign Capital and chaired reports by the Centre for Social Justice on educational failure and children in care.
In late 2007 I met Lady Thatcher at a reception. Our host warmly congratulated her for creating a culture in which making money was not a seen as a crime. He had first started his business career in the Seventies and it had been a slow start. Torturous taxation, leaden labour laws and a powerful public sector had strangled his early efforts. But the Eighties changed all that and he went on to build a successful business and invest in many more. Lady Thatcher turned to us eyes burning bright and said, “The battle for our ideas is never over.”
I cannot forget the intensity with which she spoke these words and they are never more relevant than today. For every minute that Labour remains in power, the precious ground that was gained during a decade which saw Britain rise from sick bed to success is being challenged and captured.
We are an enfeebled nation in the face of the biggest economic calamity in generations because we have been fed a fatty diet of liberal faddism since 1997. Just at the time our most disadvantaged young people need to leave school with the best tools necessary to get a job, they will find their illiteracy and innumeracy makes this impossible. Just when the hard working are having to make enormous sacrifices to keep their heads above water, the tax burden of Labour’s vast armies of diversity coordinators weighs them down. Just when the family is most needed to hold our communities together it finds itself assailed and disadvantaged at every turn by a Government that encourages selfish whim over long term commitment.