Please go to the following web page and answer the questions below:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/video/2009/nov/10/david-cameron-hugo-young-lecture

ORAL COMPREHENSION

Before you listen to Cameron’s press conference, mind you understand the following words:

Welfare recipients – welfare providers – benefits

1 According to David Cameron (DC), the size, the role, and the scope of Government in Britain has inhibited the progressive aims of…

a)      ……………………………………….

b)      ……………………………………….

c)      ……………………………………….

2 The recent growth of the State has promoted not social solidarity but ……………………… and …………………………………..

3 If Big Government has atomized British society, it does not follow that smaller state will automatically ……………………………………………………………………………………

4 A simplistic retrenchment from the State as an alternative to state action but it is not enough: DC considers it is necessary to ……………………………………………………….

5 Empowering and enabling individuals, families, and communities would encourage the development of ………………………………………………………………………………..

6 DC evokes the Conservatives’ twofold program that falls into two parts:

a)      Making opportunity more equal in a society where ………………………………

plays a key-role.

b)      Creating a ………………………………………………….society.

7 Creating better provision for the early years of one’s life, especially for the poorest families, means ……………………………………………………………………………………………

8 DC lists down three sets of priorities and their implications.

At the level of the family he announces more …………………………………………………

…………………………………………………………………………………………………..

Schools, he pledges, will become ………………………………………………………………

……………………………………………………………………………………………………

As to welfare, payment by rights will be replaced by ………………………………………….

10 DC also promises to change the benefit system and to end the couple penalty in the tax credit system. By increasing working tax credits, and incentivizing responsible behavior,  he hopes to make couples ……………………………………………………………………….

so that children may ………………………………………………………………………….

11 DC claims that his political agenda is pro………………… pro…………………. pro……………..

12 DC argues that the center right calls for ……………………………………………………: the government should step back and give space for personal responsibility and civic renewal. But he contends that changing society should not be simply …………………………………

13 DC’s contention is that the government should be an instrument to ………………………

………………………………………………………………………………………………….

14 The alternative to Big Government is ………………………………………………………

15 DC’s aim is to redistribute power from ………………………….. to………………………

16 His program is in line with the …………………………………………..age.

17 The three key approaches that DC mentions are

a)      …………………………….

b)      ……………………………..

c)      ……………………………..

18 The underlying idea is that if you give people more responsibility, they ………………..

…………………………………………………………………………………………………

19 In some fields, like …………………….individual responsibility is not practical, so power will be given to neighbourhoods.

20 C announces the removal of bureaucratic control on ………………. And……………………in big cities.

21 Decentralisation will foster not only responsibility but also ……………………………….

22 To reach greater transparency, DC pledges he will publish ……………………………….. for people to check ………………………..

23 DC explains that social action is already ……………………………of modern conservatism.

23 150 social projects have been undertaken by conservatives in their ………………………

24 DC intends to work with

a)      ……………………….

b)      ……………………….

c)      ……………………….

25 He wishes to strengthen civic education through the national citizen service that involves ……………………………. in a ………………weeks’ program.

26 This national citizen services will enable youths to

a)      ……………………….

b)      ……………………….

c)      ……………………….

27 DC concludes that his Big Society project is a combination of ………………ism and ……………….ism.