If David Cameron is to run Britain for the benefit of all the people across these islands, as he claims, first of all he must abandon his rose-tinted view of the Thatcher years.
Mrs Thatcher closed down large parts of British manufacturing for little reason other than these businesses were in state ownership and (it must be said) were loss-making at the time.
She could have tried to turn them around.
We need to replace those jobs and that prosperity.
Moving more civil service jobs out of London to the regions is something David Cameron can do immediately.
Admitting we do not have uniform tax arrangements in Britain, because of the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man, is a nettle we must grasp.
We can use these separate arrangements elsewhere in the manner of enterprise zones.
We can start with the Headland.
Otherwise plain old-fashioned fairness requires us to abolish them where they are now, and tax the residents of those islands.
What is sauce for the goose must be sauce for the gander.
Why should some people live under the protection of Britain but not pay for it, when the people that they have left behind in Hartlepool, for instance, cannot have the same tax privileges as they enjoy?
Nigel F Boddy,
Liberal Democrat candidate, Hartlepool (2001),