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I’m a practical politician: Cameron

Bangalore, July 28 (Calcutta Tube) British Prime Minister David Cameron Wednesday described himself as a practical politician who believes that when problems get serious, one must tackle them, when the ‘answer is obvious, we should do it’.

‘Everything I have spoken about today – an enhanced relationship and a shared determination to take on the challenges that confront us… these are not borne from sentiment.

‘I’m a practical politician,’ he said in a 30-minute address at Infosys Technologies here.

‘I believe when the problems are serious – we should tackle them. When the answer is obvious – we should do it. This is why I’m here,’ said Cameron, who arrived here early Wednesday on a two-day visit to India, his first as prime minister.

He listed three serious problems- economic crisis, global insecurity, climate change -and said the answer to them was ‘obvious’ — ‘India and Britain coming together’.

Cameron quoted late Indian prime minister Indira Gandhi recalling once what her grandfather told her: ‘There are two kinds of people: those who do the work and those who take the credit. Be in the first group; there’s much less competition.’

The British prime minister said: ‘The truth is we can’t leave our prosperity, our security and the future of our planet to chance. We must be the ones to act – and we must act together. Together Britain and India can do the work that’s so needed.’

Cameron asserted: ‘Together our partnership can benefit the world. So together, let’s build a new relationship to meet the scale of our ambitions.’

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