The Coalition must create a culture of entrepreneurship, rather than entitlement

Mark Littlewood writes for ConservativeHome

Going for growth is the key challenge for the Coalition. In fact, pretty much all their eggs are in the growth basket. If GDP does not show a marked and impressive upward swing over the coming years, then the government’s overall strategy becomes considerably harder to realise.

You can still start to get the deficit under control in a zero growth world. You can still encourage an upsurge in volunteerism in a Big Society. You can still attempt some structural reforms of our antiquated health and education systems. But these things become a whole lot easier – or at least considerably less difficult – if you’re witnessing 3% growth in the economy, rather than dealing with flatlining GDP figures which may even have been tipped into the negative because of a bad bout of snow.

Frustratingly, the government has turned to the “growth agenda” rather late. Fiscal retrenchment and the Big Society have been the consuming themes of the Coalition’s first