Cameron’s ‘Don’t Worry Be Happy’ Speech Makes Us Smile

By Andrew Ivey | Public Speaking

Nov 25

Happy, contented, with a full-time job, childcare and some degree of employment tenure, that’s the Prime Minister right now. And to prove it we had a David Cameron speech this week. In his speech he asks the Office for National Statistics to develop new measures for the reporting of our well-being! A happy David Cameron speech no less.

David Cameron Speech

David Cameron Speech Suggests We Be Happy

David Cameron Speech: Be Happy

This was the gist of a much longer speech by David Cameron in London this morning. He spoke on the themes of well-being and happiness. These are familiar themes for the Prime Minister. Familiar and much-criticised. Criticised because most of the population sense it’s all hot air.

The Prime Minister knows it. So this David Cameron speech set out to tackle the objections to the new measurements. Before they are actually unveiled in April 2011.

Confident and self-assured the Prime Minister outlined his rationale for reporting well-being.

Cameron Speech Makes The Case For Happy Britain

With a direct quotation from a Robert Kennedy speech he noted how economic growth doesn’t paint a complete picture of the nation’s health:

“GDP does not allow for the health of our children, the quality of their education, or the joy of their play”

“It measures neither our wisdom nor our learning; neither our compassion nor our devotion to our country; it measures everything, in short, except that which makes life worthwhile.”

But his speech took him to a different area. Because in that area we have the sense that David Cameron might not be as soft on all this as we suspect.

Dealing with the objections to measures of national well-being he noted, “there is the criticism that we cannot hope to improve people’s well-being–that this is beyond the realm of government.”

Rhetorical Repetition Always A Favourite In This David Cameron Speech

Using a list of three his speech noted:

“Of course we already have strong instincts about what will improve people’s lives–and we’re acting on those instincts.

Our instinct that people who feel in control of their own destiny feel more fulfilled–that’s why we’re giving parents real choice over schools and patients real choice over where they get treated.

Our instinct that having the purpose of a job is as important to the soul as it is to the bank balance–it’s there in our hugely ambitious Work Programme to get people off welfare.

Our instinct that most people have a real yearning to belong to something bigger than themselves–it’s leading our plans to bring neighbourhoods together, to increase social action and build the Big Society.”

And that’s the thing. Because instinct tells the Prime Minister that it’s meddling, interfering government that upsets us the most. So, that really affects our well-being. Therefore, he reckons he’s right.

So the purpose of this rather odd speech? Build the qualitative evidence for small government. Simple.

When you need some purpose for your next speech, don’t forget that a public speaking coaching session can give you that edge. Because this one-day one-to-one coaching session aims to give you all the skills and techniques you need for public speaking. So, be confident. Be happy.

Yes, Please

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  • Blogmaster says:

    Thanks Allan, I thought that Pikavippi’s first language might be Finnish. Do leave your site details next time so we can look around.
    Peter

  • Allan says:

    I can only hope that this nonsense fails to get off the ground- if not it’ll split society between those who can afford to move around to choose the best school for their kids, and who don’t have to work just to be able to afford to live day by day, and everyone else who is stuck with one or two choices for schooling (based on geography and nothing else) and very little options for employment. The conservative government seems to be in favour of a society in which a handful of private schools provides Britain with its leaders, managers and CEOs and everyone else is stuck working in Tescos.

    Also, can anyone work out what pikavippi is talking about in that comment? I think it can be read as “although there aren’t many articles on your website I like your style of blogging. I’ve added it to my favourites and plan on returning to check it out. Please feel free to look at my site and let me know what you think. Thanks.” I wonder what language it was translated from?

  • john says:

    Speech makes me want to drink alcoholic beverages.

  • Crystal says:

    These people aren’t going to help you, the world and nations are going to be rebuilt by people like you and I who are the entrepreneurs of our time.

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