"Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, our fighters are standing ready to launch to protect UK air space."The Prime Minister made the speech after inspecting the officer cadets at RAF Cranwell. He watched a flypast by the Red Arrows and presented annual prizes including the Sword of Honour, the International Sword of Honour and the Queen’s Medal.
"I know that, I get those telephone calls each and every time there’s a plane in UK air space that we don’t know about."
Mr Cameron, who is the third Prime Minister to visit RAF Cranwell, told the graduates the RAF would remain a 'formidable and world-class air force.
|Above: David Cameron Answers questions from staff at Lincolnshire Co-Operative|
The visit took place at the Lincolnsire Co-operative's Pharmacy Warehouse on Proctors Road in the city with around two hundred workers getting an opportunity to quiz the head of government for around fourty minutes.
Extracts of the Prime Minister’s PM Direct sessionwere broadcast live on Sky News during the day. When asked about reducing the sales tax back to 17.5% in order to stimulate consumer spending, bring down inflation and boost job creation, Mr. Cameron said:
"Those who say '‘Well, you ought to go out and slash taxes, or spend more money, or do some more government investment', all you would be doing if you did that would be making the problem of your deficit, your overdraft, worse.
"If you have maxed out your credit card, if you put off dealing with the problem, the problem gets worse.
"As a country, if you go on borrowing like we are, you are putting the problem on to your children and I think that’s totally irresponsible.
"So here we are today, spending £120 million a day just on the interest on our debt. If we go on doing that I think it’s totally irresponsible to the next generation."
|Karl McCartney MP|