Over the past five years, the Conservatives have made some quite remarkable achievements.
Since Cameron walked through the door of Number 10 1.7 million jobs have been created, 1.5 million of which are full-time.
That’s 1.7 million fewer welfare claimants.
There are 2.2 million apprenticeships, half-a-million undergraduate students – more from disadvantaged backgrounds than ever before.
Numbers they are, but mere numbers they are not.
Every man or woman finding employment, every claimant off benefits, every teenager starting their apprenticeship, every poorer student in university is an individual triumph – a triumph along the path towards social justice.
Every individual in a job is one less recipient of Jobseekers’ Allowance, but is more than just a figure on a Department of Work and Pensions spreadsheet: every individual in a job is one more person with a sense of moral self-worth.
Every claimant off benefits is one more individual liberated from dependency on welfare, one more individual with a greater personal freedom.
Labour, nor any of the parties on the left, truly deserve the good words: fairness, progress and justice among others.
Conservatives are seen as a steady hand on the public purse (and for good reason) and they’re known for producing numbers – good ones like 2.4% growth in GDP and the lowest crime rate on record.
What a great many fail to see, and what Conservatives often fail to articulate, is what those numbers mean.
Those numbers mean that Conservatives, not the left, are archiving and are best able to achieve.