The Government has no money. Governments don't produce profits. High-net-worth individuals, businesses, pension funds and international wealth funds have the cash. We don't. That's why we must woo them, welcome them, give them a great reason for coming here and encourage them to invest this money in British businesses right now.
Politicians from all parties have traditionally struggled to make their rhetoric on immigration chime with the British public's views. New findings from Ipsos MORI showing a divergence of public opinion on the subject, may explain why.
I got back from Strasbourg last week, where the European Parliament absurdly ships itself each month to vote on various regulations and directives. And, unsurprisingly, there was almost no mention of what happened in any UK newspaper, blog or radio station. To be quite honest with you, it makes me want to bash my head against a wall. What happens in Brussels (and Strasbourg) has far more impact on any of lives than what MPs in Westminster usually bitch and moan about.
Not only should we question what the Conservative vision of a hard-working society looks like in reality, we should also remember who is evangelising it and why. When it comes to work and family backgrounds the Coalition cabinet could not be more unrepresentative of the run-of-the-mill British family.
As a mischievous teenager I was berated by my grandmother for showing too much chutzpah. I believe she was using the original meaning of the popular Yiddish phrase - insolence. She'd be amused to think that it's now a word we use to shower praise on someone with the confidence and desire to get things done by strength of will and inventive interpretation of the rules.
Welsh councils have finalised their financial plans and set council tax rates for 2014-15, without the luxury of measures introduced in England to keep bills down.
With Russia integrated into the borderless world economy, all sides have a great deal to lose. Unless the West is willing to engage militarily, the only obvious way to get Putin's attention is by imposing real economic sanctions that have a real effect. However the New Russia cannot be isolated by sanctions without severely damaging Russia's trade partners and investors in the West.
While I believe that there is much to learn from other countries, I have to ask if the Chinese system is right for us. After all, the UK is very different from China and has vastly different needs.
Do you want my alternative take on the reaction to Bob Crow's death; David Cameron's visit to Israel and meeting with Tony Blair; and the explosive allegations against Ukip leader Nigel Farage? Here's the political week in 60 seconds.
David Cameron heralding Israel as a Jewish state is nothing new since the British were the first to offer Zionists such a status in 1917.
The world is often a troubled place, and sometimes world leaders need to not just be strong, but also look strong to inspire confidence. At least that must be the rationale David Cameron was using, otherwise he's simply a vain lunatic with the presence of mind of a sloshed uncle at a wedding...
It was once said that Sir Thomas More's silence echoed across Europe. Ed Miliband's words on Europe, on the other hand, have fallen down into bottomless pit. He is advocating the worst of all worlds... In short, Ed Miliband is telling the British people that they are stuck with the EU as it is.
Understandably the level of debate about this case has increased with the most recent allegations around spying and corruption - but a theme of that debate seems to be the entire Metropolitan Police were to blame for the actions of a few.
Ed Miliband's announcement that the Labour Party would only commit to an in/out EU referendum in the event of major EU treaty change sets up a significant fault line between his party's policy and that of the Conservatives.
One in four people in Britain will experience a mental health problem during their lifetime. But while so many people brave these painful experiences, they remain one of the most difficult things to talk about in public...
If Mr Miliband becomes the Prime Minister he says, in contrast to Mr Cameron, his administration will not seek to spend its first two years seeking to renegotiate Britain's relationship with Europe and then submitting the outcome of any such renegotiation to a defining referendum in 2017.