I was confident that this result was on the cards from the moment I sat in the conference hall last October and listened to David Cameron lay out his vision for the country for the next five years. That vision has unmistakably resonated with voters.All the polls, projections and predictions can be torn up and consigned to the recycling bin because, clearly, the people have spoken and given the new Conservative government a mandate to continue the job in hand – managing an economy that generates business growth and employment for the wider benefit of society. And with a majority government, the threat of protracted coalition negotiations or even the prospect of a second general election at the back end of the year have evaporated, which will deliver immediate stability for the business community. This was evident in the 1.7 per cent jump in the FTSE index while the final few results were still coming in, and will help drive further investment, job creation and offer a fuel-injection to that mystical beast “business confidence”. The unprecedented nationalistic swing to SNP in Scotland and the implosion of the Liberal Democrats aside, it appears that the pain caused by the Labour administration still runs deep among the electorate. I am sure that many people, be they business owners or employees that worked through, or lost jobs as a result of, the recession and experienced first-hand the impact a poorly managed economy can have on their lives, their homes and their communities, will have applied their sense of self-preservation to ensure that the future of the economy is secured.
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