Thu 31 December 2009, The Independent

Gordon Brown: If we summon our resolve, 2010 can be a year of British renewal

By Gordon Brown
My first priority is securing that recovery. The second is radical improvement and reform of our public services, protecting frontline spending on schools, hospitals and the police. The third is a new, cleaned up politics. And the fourth is maintaining Britain's global strength and fulfilling our responsibilities against the terrorist threat in Afghanistan and across the wider world. Even as we take the tough decisions to halve the deficit, we can still invest in Britain's future. I say this because Britain is too great a country with so much potential – and people with such high aspirations – that in the coming decade we must not settle for anything less than big ambitions.
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