Sajid Javid is Conservative MP for Bromsgrove and a former Deutsche Bank executive.
In his first conference speech as Shadow Chancellor, Ed Balls wants us to believe that Labour can be trusted with the nation’s finances.
He promised to set out “tough fiscal rules” at the next election to bring the budget back to balance and put the nation’s debt on a downward path.
I have to admit, if Alan Johnson had been on the podium today instead of Balls, these words would have had a little more credibility. With Balls, I have no faith.
This is the man who stood shoulder to shoulder with Gordon Brown for 13 years, driving our country towards economic ruin. During that time, our national debt tripled to over £900 billion, and we were left with the largest budget deficit in Europe.
Apart from taking the country to the brink of bankruptcy, what else did this record government spending achieve?
Workless household numbers that increased from 3.7 million to 3.9 million.