QUEEN TO BE REMOVED

Barbados plans to remove the Queen as head of state almost 400 years after British colonisation

 

The monarch has not visited the former colony for 26 years

 

 

THE TORIES KNOW WHAT TO DO NEXT

The Tories know exactly what cuts they are going to make - they just do not want anybody else to know until after the General Election.

A document has been leaked revealing which benefits the Tories are considering scrapping. This is part of the £12bn cut to the welfare budget they would...
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CAMERON - SELLING OFF THE NHS

The government wants us to forget that this happened just 2 weeks ago. But we won't.

'The government wants us to forget that this happened just 2 weeks ago. But we won't.'

CAMERON

 

David Cameron has admitted the General Election is on a "knife-edge" as he set out to woo voters with the promise of a "truly seven-day" NHS if the Conservatives are returned to power on May 7.

Addressing activists at the Tory spring conference in Manchester, the Prime Minister sought to cast the contest as a personal battle with Ed Miliband, accusing the Labour leader of heading a "bunch of hypocritical, holier-than-thou, hopeless, sneering socialists".

He said that a Conservative government would ensure patients across England would be given full access to hospital services seven-days a week by the end of the parliament in 2020.

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David Cameron attacked Miliband directly

He coupled his promise of better healthcare with a blistering personal attack on Ed Miliband, warning that the Labour leader was not up to the demands of leading the country.

"Now five years in this job teaches you some things. I know what this role needs - and frankly, I don't think Ed Miliband has it," he said.

"Some might say 'Don't make this personal', but when it comes to who's prime minister, the personal is national.

"The guy who forgot to mention the deficit could be the one in charge of our whole economy.

"The man who is too weak to stand up to the trade unions at home could be the one facing down our enemies abroad.

"The leader who thinks leadership is climbing aboard the latest bandwagon - he could be the one taking the make-or-break calls in the middle of the night."

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Mr Cameron said that only he or Mr Miliband could enter No 10 after May 7 - as he accused the Labour leader of planning to "crawl up Downing Street on the coat-tails of the SNP".

He said that under Miliband, Labour was no longer the party of working people, having betrayed its traditional values.

"The truth is that Miliband's Labour Party isn't about liberating working people - it's about telling you what to do," he said.

"The same old condescending, bossy, interfering, we-know-best attitude of the Hampstead socialist down the ages."

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Cameron was applauded by Tory supporters after the speech at the Spring forum

On the NHS, he acknowledged that gaining access to healthcare services outside normal working hours was "too hard" but pledged that would change under a Conservative government.

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"For years it's been too hard to access the NHS out of hours. But illness doesn't respect working hours. Heart attacks, major accidents, babies - these things don't just come from nine to five," he said.

"And the truth is that you are actually more likely to die if you turn up at the hospital at the weekend. Some of the resources are not up and running. The key decision-makers aren't always there.

"With a future Conservative government, we would have a truly seven day NHS.

"Already millions more people can see a GP seven days a week, but by 2020 I want this for everyone with hospitals properly staffed, especially for urgent and emergency care, so that everyone will have access to the NHS services they need seven days a week by 2020 - the first country in the world to make this happen."

However the plan came under attack from doctors' leaders who accuse the Prime Minister of "shameless political game playing".

Dr Mark Porter, who chairs the British Medical Association council, said the Conservatives had not even committed the funds needed to maintain existing services.

"The £2 billion extra funding that has been pledged falls far short of what is needed to deliver existing services, let alone fund additional care," he said.

"The NHS is recovering from one of the worst winter crises on record, during which some hospitals were forced to close their doors because they couldn't cope.

"With existing services stretched to breaking point, a majority of hospitals facing crippling budget deficits and frontline staff under extreme pressure, the NHS needs far more than just words to deliver extra care.

"Without a detailed, fully-costed plan to provide the staff and resources needed to deliver more seven-day services, this is at best an empty pledge and at worst shameless political game playing with the NHS ahead of the election."

NO WINNER

 
 

The Conservative Party has accused the BBC of "clear editorial bias" for declaring that there was no clear winner in Thursday night's Ed Miliband and David Cameron televised election interviews.

The BBC has rejected the accusation and said it will report the general election campaign "without fear or favour".

Last night the Labour leader and prime minister were both subjected to a brutal mauling from Jeremy Paxman as well as awkward questions from the studio audience.

A snap ICM poll for The Guardian released after the Sky News and Channel 4 programme ended handed Cameron a 54% to 46% advantage. And a YouGov poll for The Times gave the prime minister a narrow 51% to 49% victory.

However Grant Shapps complained this morning that the BBC was being unfairly kind to Miliband in its post-debate coverage. "When Obama beat McCain 54-46 in a head-to-head it was called a landslide. But for the BBC that's called 'no clear winner'. Odd!" he tweeted.

The official Conservative Party chairman account added: "BBC bias? Worrying that BBC headlines say there was ‘no clear winner’ last night, despite Guardian/ICM poll proving the exact opposite."

The Conservative press office was unhappy. And Tory MP Dan Byles accused the broadcaster of being "naughty" and of "very poor journalism" for failing to hand Cameron the win.

A BBC spokesperson told The Huffington Post: "We are satisfied that our coverage of last night's programme has been fair and impartial. We reported the findings of the Guardian/ICM poll across our output as well as hearing a range of analysis from voices in support of both party leaders. As the election draws nearer we expect an increased level of scrutiny of our coverage from across the political spectrum, but will continue to report without fear or favour."

On the Today programme this morning, the BBC's assistant political editor, Norman Smith, offered this analysis of the night when asked who had won.

"Well, the poll would clearly suggest the prime minister won but I have to say I suspect Ed Miliband's people may be feeling a good deal happier this morning. That's not because he landed a knock-out blow, not because there was some decisisive win moment, it all comes down, frankly to expectations. I think Mr Cameron's people will feel he performed a little bit below expectations, while Ed Miliband performed quite a bit above expectations.

"The odds were always going to be stacked against Mr Cameron. His campaign have made his leadership absolutely pivotal to the Tory campaign, that he is a stronger, more confident, more natural leader than Ed Miliband, and last night, at times, he seem unsettled. And that primarily was because of the controlled journalistic aggression from Jeremy Paxman. It was the broadcasting equivalent of bodyline bowling."

Paxman, who interviewed Cameron before Miliband, pulled no punches. The former Newsnight presenter came out swinging and hit the prime minister with tough questions on food banks, zero hours contracts and why he was friends with so many rich people.

Miliband was forced to defend himself against accusations he was too much of a "geek" to be prime minister and that he simply was not "tough enough" to lead the country.

SEE ALSO: Paxo Pulls Out His Back Catalogue Of Clown-Faced Astonishment

Pollster ICM said its snap verdict of a narrow victory for Cameron in the first of the leaders' election broadcasts represented the company's "best guess" of the nationwide response. For its Guardian poll, ICM gathered 3,650 adults in an online survey earlier this week with each of them agreeing to watch the full 90 minutes of the Sky/Channel 4 Battle for Number 10 broadcast.

In the first few minutes after the programme, 1,123 of them returned to the pollster for a second survey on what they had seen, producing "ICM's best guess on what a representative sample of the voting population would say had they all watched the programme".

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Asked whether the programme might make their vote change, 56% of floating voters said they were more likely to vote Labour, compared with 30% more likely to vote Conservative. Those in this section of the group were only a very small sub-set of the wider group.

Douglas Alexander, Labour's campaign co-ordinator, told Today that Miliband's performance has begun a "process of reappraisal" in voters minds and said he had outperformed the prime minister. The shadow cabinet minister also said Labour still wanted a head-to-head debate. "I think this morning, it's a little clearer why David Cameron is so unwilling to have that debate," he added.

Downing Street has clashed with the BBC on many occasions over the last five years. In December, George Osborne accused the broadcaster of "hyperbolic coverage" of its spending cuts.

SCIENTISTS SAY'S DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME IS COSTING MONEY

Daylight Saving Time Is Making Us Less Healthy And Costing The Earth, Scientists Say

 

Daylight Saving Time (DST) is making people unhealthier and costing our economies billions, a group of scientists have said.

The academics argued against DST in a statement to the European Parliament, ahead of many time zones going an hour a head in the early hours of this Sunday.

In a paper prepared for MEPs this week, they said that advancing the clock for half of the year worsened "social jet lag" - defined as the time between when you would naturally wake up and the time you are obliged to wake up - and this increases the likelihood of diabetes or obesity because our body's metabolism is out of sync.

They also said accidents and heart attacks increase in the days after a changeover.

The academics, who came from universities in Germany, France, the UK, The Netherlands, the Czech Republic and Hungary, estimated this costs the European Union 131 billion euros a year in health costs.

"Our biological clocks are synchronised using the timing and amount of light and darkness - not the alarm clock," their statement, which was presented to a European Parliament hearing, said.

"As a result our biology does not respond to DST changes. Rather, with the spring DST, we simply have to go to work an hour earlier relative to our biological clock. We are adding an extra hour of social jet lag to the European population."

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Prof Till Roenneberg, from the Ludwig Maximillian University of Munich, told The Huffington Post UK that he believed the actual cost to the EU economy was higher than estimated because 131 billion euros stemmed from a study that did not take account of all the potential health problems.

He said every hour of social jetlag boosted a person's likelihood of becoming obese by 33%. He told HuffPost: "We know, with social jet lag, you get metabolic problems. You become too fat because you metabolise differently... You are more likely to develop diabetes type 2."

He added: "You have an internal clock that's optimised to a certain individual timing. It gives you the best window to sleep, its physiology says 'this is a window where I cram down all the metabolic pathways and reactions that are necessary for digesting food'.

"But you're eating at times [during DST] when your whole digestive metabolism is not prepared for efficiently eating food. That's why [your body] says, 'ok, I have food here, can't do much with it at the moment, so I store it'."

He compared the social jet lag of DST to the jet lag of flying from the UK to New York, which is five hours behind time

"Take that jet lag, divide it by five... Now do that chronically every day because you are never leaving...That's the impact," he said.

"The clock doesn't change, all you do is go to work an hour earlier. You go to work in timezone one over to the east. You have to work to that social timezone but you stay in Britain, if you had to work according to Budapest time or Prague time, in Britain you would have to get up an hour earlier every day without ever leaving Britain and you're clock would not adjust... The fact that your clocks adjust flying to the US or flying back is because you are flying into a new light/dark cycle.

"But if you now go to work on Budapest time but you never go to Budapest, you stay in London, you have a chronic jet lag that never, ever is relieved."

Prof Roenneberg described DST as "very cunning", adding: "It claims that it changes time but all it does is to tell everybody to go work an hour earlier.

"Now imagine if a government would suddenly decide to tell people to go work an hour earlier, they would never get through with that.

"It's nothing else but a dictation that we all go to work an hour earlier but so that we don't get an uprising, we change the clocks. So as if, they don't notice."

When asked if most chronobiologists supported the abolition of DST, he said: "Oh yes, many chronobiologists. If you're an early type, you like DST because it means you wake up early and you're now allowed to go work early, you're home earlier. But in a more flexible system you could do that anyhow."

He added moving the whole population an hour ahead without choice was "what is so devastating because, in the majority of people, it has health consequences".

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Prof Martha Merrow testifies before the MEPs on behalf of the chronobiologists

Daylights Savings Time is regulated by an European Union directive, which stipulates all member states who take part in switch forward and back at the same time - 1am UTC (Coordinated Universal Time) on the last Sundays of March and October.

Prof Roenneberg added he "a bit pessimistic" about whether it would be abolished.

He said: "If you do polls, it used to be 50/50... but the amount of people that are against the DST is increasing."

"Politicians themselves are not really looking forward to doing that because it's another bureaucratic thing," he added. "It's not a European law, the only thing that EU parliament does is unify the countries to a certain date. Now, the European parliamentarians actually think they are not responsible for changing it, because it used to be a national law.

"The national governments say the European government is the only that can do anything about. Either we all stop it or not at all and the EU throws the ball back and says 'well, we never started this so why should we stop it?'"

Prof Martha Merrow, a colleague of Prof Roenneberg's who presented the evidence on chronobiology to the MEPs, told HuffPost she felt they were swayed by the evidence they heard.

Prof Merrow told the MEPs: "We know that DST increases social jet lag and that chronic social jet lag leads to performance and health deficits."

She recommended a range of measures, including the abolition of DST, which would, she said, decrease it.

DAVID CAMERON

David Cameron: My plan to win back disgruntled Tories

In an exclusive interview with The Telegraph, the Prime Minister says he wants new tax cuts for married couples as he seeks to regain the trust of Conservatives who have lost faith

     
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David Cameron is planning new tax cuts for married couples as he seeks to win back disillusioned Tory voters Photo: Heathcliff O'Malley/The Telegrap

David Cameron is planning new tax cuts for married couples as he seeks to win back disillusioned Tory voters ahead of the general election.

In an exclusive interview with The Telegraphon the eve of the campaign, the Prime Minister:

• Hails a pensions windfall for 2.1million over-55s, who will be able to take a total of £140billion out of their savings next week, or £25,000 each
• Renews his vow to cut migration to below 100,000 a year, telling voters: “I hear you, I get your message”
• Makes his strongest ever pledge to save the Army from further cuts
• Describes his anguish at taking life-and-death decisions involving British troops or hostages
• Declares he wants “Jihadi John” to be taken "out of action", dead or alive
• Rejects his reputation for “chillaxing” and suggests he will not have much time go on 'date nights' with Samantha in the campaign

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“I work bloody hard,” says David Cameron, clearly stung by the claim from his critics that he is too fond of “chillaxing” at weekends, or playing video games on his iPad.

“I’m normally up before six at my kitchen table working away. I certainly was today,” he insists.

For our interview, the Prime Minister avoids the now ubiquitous politicians’ kitchen in favour of his private study, an altogether more serious setting at the heart of Number 10.

From here, Mr Cameron can look out on the “rose garden” where five years ago he stood, side by side with Nick Clegg, in the dappled spring sunlight, to announce the birth of Britain’s first coalition government for 70 years.

Last week, Mr Cameron and Mr Clegg handed out bottles and commemorative beer and crisps to the Cabinet during its final meeting before the election, to mark the end of what was at times a bad tempered marriage of political convenience.

“I don’t want another coalition,” Mr Cameron says, entirely unprompted.


David Cameron and Nick Clegg, 5 years ago

In his final interview before the start of the full-time election campaign, the Prime Minister sets out his personal mission to bring job security to millions, cut taxes for married couples and help Britons to enjoy “the good life” that he says is now within their reach.

He hails a £140 billion cash windfall for pension savers, and attempts to win back the Tory voters he has lost with new promises of tougher action on immigration and Europe.

In some of his most revealing remarks, the Prime Minister describes the personal strain of dealing with the deaths of British troops and hostages murdered by the so-called Islamic State.

He wants Mohammed Emwazi, the terrorist known as “Jihadi John”, to be found, he says, dead or alive.

DRIFTING VOTERS

 

 
Cameron: 'I want to win disaffected Tory voters back'

For many traditional Conservative supporters, Mr Cameron’s five years in Number 10 have been a disappointment. MPs fear the party’s inability to break away from Labour in the polls can be traced back to disillusionment among this group of grassroots voters, many of whom have chosen the UK Independence Party instead.

Chief among their complaints are the coalition’s sweeping cuts to defence, with 20,000 soldiers sacked, the decision to spend billions more on foreign aid, and a new law legalising gay marriage.

Speaking on Friday, on the eve of his campaign for re-election, in which he will need all the support he can get, Mr Cameron offers his critics humility.

“I accept I have a task in the next 41 days to win back people who are instinctively Conservative, who have strong Conservative values and some of them have drifted off to other parties. I need to win them back.

“It’s not easy being in coalition. We have had to take some difficult decisions and inevitably over five years you lose some people’s support.”

IMMIGRATION

Perhaps the most spectacular failing, and certainly one of the most politically damaging, has been the government’s inability to deliver Mr Cameron’s “cast iron” promise to reduce net migration to the tens of thousands.

On latest estimates, the figure stands at 298,000, higher than when Gordon Brown left office.

“Britain is facing quite a lot of pressure because the level of migration has been too high for too long. You see that on school places, and you see that in some places on the health service.

“I can absolutely say to people who are concerned about this, I hear you, I hear your concern, I get your message,” Mr Cameron says.

By way of proof, he re-dedicates himself to the target that he has just missed, insisting that cutting net migration – the difference between the numbers leaving and entering the country each year – to below 100,000 is right for Britain.

Asked if there is a “limit” to the number of people Britain can accommodate in the population, Mr Cameron replies: “Yes, I think there is. Getting net migration to below 100,000 annually remains the right ambition. That, obviously, therefore has an effect on population.”

Has this target just been downgraded to an “ambition”? “No, you can call it an ambition, you can call it a target. That is what I want to achieve.”

But he has abandoned the idea of putting a cap on the numbers of immigrants who can come to Britain from the EU. It simply wouldn’t work, Mr Cameron says. Making European migrants wait four years before they can get benefits is “more potent than an EU-set cap”.

EUROPE

If he can’t get EU migration rules re-written, what chance does the Prime Minister have of achieving a good deal from his negotiations with European leaders for other reforms?

Could he ever imagine voting to leave the EU in the in/out referendum he intends to hold in 2017?

“That’s not what I want to see. If I don’t achieve the changes I think we need, I rule nothing out. But I am increasingly confident that this can be done,” he says. “Europe does not want Britain to leave.”

The negotiations will be “tough” but a clear “mandate” for reform from the electorate – for which, read a Tory majority in May – will help, he insists.

His implicit message is clear: if you want change in Europe, you have to vote for it and I am the only man who can give it to you.

Nigel Farage, the Ukip leader, recently offered to prop-up a Tory government after the election if Mr Cameron promises to hold an in/out referendum by Christmas, two years earlier than his current plan.

The Prime Minister is not impressed. “I don’t think Nigel Farage is going to have many, if any MPs, frankly,” he says. “I will have the referendum as soon as I can get the changes that I need.”

DEFENCE

Perhaps the greatest alarm for traditional Tory voters has been the fear that the defence of the realm will be compromised further by even deeper cuts to the Army, Royal Navy and Royal Air Force when government spending is reviewed again this autumn.

With Vladimir Putin now meddling in the Falklandsdispute with Argentina, former Tory ministers and military commanders have warned that now is not the time to abandon our commitment to the Nato target of spending at least 2 per cent of GDP defence.

Yet Mr Cameron still refuses to guarantee the 2 per cent target. “I don’t want to make a commitment now before I know whether I can meet it.”

But he does give his clearest promise so far that troop numbers will be safe, saying there will be “no further reductions to regular armed service personnel.” This, he says, is a commitment “that I am absolutely certain I can keep”.

Are the reservists, who are supposed to be filling the gap created by previous rounds of cuts, also to be protected? “Effectively, yes.”

ISLAMIC STATE

More than 600 British fighters have travelled to the Middle East to join the terrorists of Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Isil). Mr Cameron has described the group, also known as "Isis", as a “poisonous death cult” which must be defeated, so grave is the threat that these fighters pose to British national security.

Since September, when MPs voted in favour of returning to conflict in Iraq, British aircraft have been playing a major role in the international war against Isil. Mr Cameron is keen to stress that UK forces have undertaken a greater proportion of the air strikes than during the two previous Iraq wars.


Jihadi John ? "I would like him out of action”

But he is clearly frustrated that “Jihadi John”, the grim figurehead of Isil barbarity, who was recently unmasked as the former London student Mohammed Emwazi, continues to evade the West.

Why have we still not caught him, given that everyone now knows who he is?

“That’s a very difficult question to answer,” Mr Cameron replies, after a lengthy pause.

“I can’t give a running commentary, I’m afraid. But the thing I can say is we use everything at our disposal to find, defeat and destroy Britain’s enemies and he is very, very high up the list.”

Does the Prime Minister mind whether he is captured or killed? “No. I would like him out of action.”

SLEEPLESS NIGHTS

For Mr Cameron, 48, the human tragedy facing the families of British troops who die in action, or of the murdered hostages Alan Henning and David Haines, must be all too vivid.

He knows as much as anyone about the pain of losing a child, having had to cope with the death of his six year-old son Ivan, who had cerebral palsy and epilepsy, in 2009.


"The saddest moment as Prime Minister is writing letters to families who have lost loved ones in Afghanistan" (Photo: Sgt Ian Forsyth RLC/PA)

“The saddest moment as Prime Minister is writing letters to families who have lost loved ones in Afghanistan or those who we have tried to help in hostage situations but it hasn’t worked out,” he says.

“Those are the most difficult decisions you have to take. And I feel a big responsibility.

“It’s terrible for the families concerned. I feel it’s right that the prime minister should get personally involved.”

How does he protect himself emotionally from the human consequences of the decisions he has to take?

“You can’t. When these things happen, they are very all-consuming. You think a lot about them and you’ll go to bed at night with the telephone two inches from your head.

“But you have to make a decision and stick with it and then you have to get on with the rest of the work.”

THE GOOD LIFE

Such a frank and personal account will perhaps serve as a rebuke to those on his own side who have complained that they do not know what Mr Cameron stands for, or who question his commitment to the task facing the party and the country.

Murmurs of doubt over the existence of a guiding passion, a vision for Britain, have been persistent during Mr Cameron’s leadership.

But with the focus of a man fighting for his own future, the Prime Minister now offers a clear distillation of own mission.

“We want a sense that in this country we have the right values so that if you work hard you can live the good life. That is what my politics is all about,” he says.

“Some people might say that’s a bit too simple or a bit too down to earth.

“But for me there is no greater sunshine in politics or in life than to have a job, security for your family, a good school place where you know your child is going and the sense that if I put in, there will be a decent, secure retirement at the end of it all.”

THE PENSIONS GOLDRUSH

 

 
Cameron: 'Big change' for pension freedoms

For 2.1 million of over-55s, Mr Cameron’s vision of a new Britain is about to become a radical new reality. From April 6, savers will be able to take their life savings from their pension pots to spend the money as they wish.

According to new government calculations, the total amount of money which will become available for people to spend in this way – on buy-to-let homes, or sports cars, or shares, for example – will be some £140 billion.

Such a massive figure dwarfs the entire annual NHS budget and equates to an average potential windfall of £25,000 for each pension saver over the age of 55.

Britain, the Prime Minister says, is just days away from becoming “a country where it pays to save”.

“These pension reforms are very profound and fundamental,” he says. “They are about trusting people who have worked hard and saved all their lives to spend their own money as they choose and I believe in trusting people profoundly.

“I want a country where it pays to work hard, it pays to save. It pays to put aside money for your future and where we trust you, you are trusted to spend that money as you choose for your future.”

Mr Cameron concedes, though, that another coalition reform will be less popular for some pension savers.

The lifetime allowance for savings is being capped at a less generous, lower level of £1 million, which is a reduction from £1.25 million, and represents an effective tax rise for thousands of people on final salary pensions.

“This affects something like the most wealthy four per cent of the country in terms of people saving for a pension,” Mr Cameron says. “We have to make sure we are using the pension tax relief that we give wisely, and so I think a lifetime allowance of £1 million, rather than £1.25million is fair and reasonable.”

LOVE AND MARRIAGE

The Prime Minister also promises to pursue new tax cuts for married couples if the Tories win power in May.

After a typically tortured coalition struggle, Mr Cameron eventually persuaded Mr Clegg in 2013 to let him announce a transferrable tax allowance for married couples. The tax break, which comes into force in April, will be worth up to an extra £212 a year for married couples.


Happiest memory? "The birth of Florence" (Photo:PA)

However, the bonus is relatively small, and it will not apply to higher rate taxpayers earning more than £42,385 a year. Does Mr Cameron want to extend the tax break if he is back in Number 10?

“Yes. I am very proud to have kept my commitment to introduce the married couples' tax allowance. I think it will prove very popular,” he says. “I think it’s absolutely right that we recognise marriage in the tax system properly and I would like to see that expanded.”

FAMILY MATTERS

What about the Prime Minister’s own married life? Will he and Samantha – a successful businesswoman in her own right as well as his chief source of counsel and support - be able to keep up their habit of regular “date nights” during the next frantic weeks before the election?

“I think that will probably be a bit testing,” he says. “I think there won’t be much time for some of those things.

“Samantha’s going to be on the campaign trail with me. She has also got other things she has to do, including making sure the children make it to school every day.”

 

 
Cameron: 'Samantha will join me on the campaign trail'

How does he cope with what must be sometimes intolerable pressures of the job? “I do try to make sure that [I] don’t get exhausted. I try to get a decent amount of sleep. I try to spend some time with my family.

“My view is, the most important thing as Prime Minister is trying to make the right judgments. In order to make good judgments, you need good advice, you need good principles and you need a clear head and you need to have a sense of equilibrium.”

 

 

ELEMENTS OF CHAOS

Equilibrium is the precise opposite of what he sees in his political opponents. True to the Tories’ core message scripted by the party’s election strategist, Lynton Crosby, the Prime Minister groups the other leaders together under the same single banner of “chaos”.

When pushed to say what he sees when he examines his rivals, Mr Cameron gives the kind of response which goes down well with Tories in the Commons during Prime Minister’s Questions.

“When I look at them collectively, I see chaos.”

As individuals? "Elements of chaos that, if combined, could create total chaos”.

So what is his verdict on each? “Salmond: definitely chaos. Miliband: leader of chaos. Farage: potential contributor to chaos and Clegg, could go either way, but chaos too.”

He adds: “We are on the brink of doing something really special in this country, which is recovering from not just an appalling recession but also recovering from a situation where we were pursuing the wrong values. It was easy to sit on welfare and not work.

“The wrong values are being replaced by the right values. That is what I find really satisfying about this job. We are changing the country for the better. But the job isn’t finished, which is why I want to serve another term.”

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Quickfire Cameron: Five years in Number 10

Happiest memory? “The birth of Florence. It was a lovely day in Cornwall, when she popped out and coming back to Downing St with her was a very precious memory. She is now four years old so has grown up here.”

Saddest moment? “Writing letters to families who have lost loved ones in Afghanistan or hostage situations. Those are the most difficult decisions and I feel a big responsibility.”

Best memory as PM? “The Olympics. That magic Saturday night of watching Mo Farah and Jess Ennis. That was an amazing night. The whole thing was a magical experience for the country.”

Worst moment of coalition? “There was a very straight deal which is we would give them a referendum on the Alternative Vote and they would agree to the boundary changes which were good for democracy. They ratted on that deal. For me that was the low point .

       
 
       
 
       
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