The remarks are in clear contrast to those the prime minister made when he came to power in 2010, saying he “didn’t come into politics to make cuts.”
“We’re tackling the deficit because we have to -- not out of some ideological zeal,” said David Cameron at the time.
The prime minister added that if Britons want the economy to get healed they should also be expecting “a smaller state and a bigger and more prosperous private sector.”
He emphasised that Britain needs a fundamental culture change to champion “that typically British, entrepreneurial, buccaneering spirit, and that rewards people with the ambition to make things, sell things, and create jobs for others up and down the country.”
David Cameron ridiculed the main opposition Labour party’s pledge to freeze energy bills, describing the budget deficit as the single biggest threat to the cost of living. He also said no government should let debts get “out of control again.”
“There are some people who seem to think that the way you reduce the cost of living in this country is for the state to spend more and more taxpayers’ money,” said Cameron.
“It’s as if somehow you measure the compassion of the government by the amount of other people’s money it can spend. At a time when family budgets are tight, it is really worth remembering that this spending comes out of the pockets of the same taxpayers whose living standards we want to see improve,” added the prime minister.