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Cameron Labels Ukip The Party Of Pessimism

Monday 12th May 2014

Mr Cameron also told LBC he is open to having a debate with Nigel Farage as he says Ukip is a party based on pessimism.

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David Cameron says the Conservatives have the best track record of delivering for Britain when it comes to Europe.

Speaking to Nick Ferrari, the Prime Minister said: "That's the real failing of Ukip.

"Their whole approach is based on a deep pessimism about Britain's ability to change things in the world.

"Whether the economy, whether building a future for young people, whether changing the European Union to suit our interests - their message is 'It's all hopeless, let's just give up, pull up the drawbridge and dream of a better past'."

The Prime Minister also told LBC that Gary Barlow should not have to hand back his OBE over claims he invested in a tax avoidance scheme.

The Take That singer, along with two other members of the band, have refused to comment after it was disclosed they will have to pay tens of millions of pounds in tax after a court ruled a partnership they invested in was a tax avoidance scheme.

It triggered calls for the singer to hand back his honour, with Labour MP Margaret Hodge, chair of the Public Accounts Committee, telling The Times he "might want to show a bit of contrition by giving back his OBE".

David Cameron says the right thing is for him to pay his taxes and for aggressive tax avoidance schemes to be shut down.

He told LBC: "Gary Barlow has done great things for Britain in terms of selling music all over the world, the amazing concert he helped to arrange for the Jubilee, he's done many great things.

"Clearly though, this was a huge mistake. Aggressive tax avoidance is wrong.

"The right answer is for Gary Barlow to pay his tax. The right answer is for us to go after all these aggressive tax avoidance schemes and make sure that we shut these things down.

"One of the things we have got to do is to recognise that there are a lot of, sadly, clever tax accountants that come up with more and more new ways to aggressively avoid tax."

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