Spot on Owen.
How about this as a policy mantra:
Investment, investment, investment
When you buy a house on a mortgage you invest in your future
When you take out a student loan you invest in your future
Economically we need to invest in Britain. We need to invest in training for our young people, we need to invest in infrastructures to get this country moving, we need to invest in environmental clean ups and green energy, we need to invest the health service. Investment now brings long term benefits. It makes this country worth living in, a country that keeps the young and the energetic and the entrepreneurial happy and keen to live here and contribute. A country that isn’t a total shambles where people are fed up and can’t be bothered any more. Where crime rates rise, and people feel hopeless about their future. Investment cleans up neighbourhoods, investment improves education services, investment gets us moving from place to place so we can connect with others and do more business.
Investment is a virtuous circle. Unlike austerity which is vicious. If you don’t have a job and can’t afford smart clothes, how do you get an interview? You get a store card and invest in a suit. If you don’t have qualifications you get a loan and go to university. If you’ve got a great idea for a business but no funds to buy equipment you need investment. The country needs the opposite of austerity — it needs investment.