Finance (No. 2) Bill

Part of Bill Presented – in the House of Commons at 5:16 pm on 1st April 2014.

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Photo of David Rutley David Rutley Conservative, Macclesfield 5:16 pm, 1st April 2014

It is an honour to follow the speech of Mr Bain. I anticipate hearing the words of my hon. Friend Jacob Rees-Mogg and I, as the Member for Macclesfield, represent north-east Cheshire.

It is good to see you smiling in your place, Mr Deputy Speaker, because the sea of gloom on the Opposition Benches reminds me of one of Eeyore’s greatest quotes:

“‘It is snowing still,’ said Eeyore gloomily…‘And freezing …However,’ he said, brightening up a little, ‘we haven’t had an earthquake lately.’”

That is the spirit on the Opposition Benches: gloom and despondency. This morning I went to the annual conference of the British Chambers of Commerce. Opposition Members are out of touch with the mood of the business community and the progress that is being made in the real economy. I ask Opposition Members to get out of the Chamber from time to time, speak to local businesses and get a sense of what is going on and the opportunities out in the real marketplace.