Take a look at this graph from the office of national statistics:
Firstly, it shows how volatile the construction sector is in the UK. Secondly it shows that the UK services industry is booming while production has never really recovered from the crash.
The production side of the economy is directly effected by regulation and taxes, where as the services industry is propped up by government spending. The more the government spends, the more it has to tax. High taxes stifle growth in the production side of the economy and this reduces output. If our output is reduced the country suffers from a trade deficit and a budget deficit. The most effective way of reducing both is to produce more than you buy.
EU red tape is also having a massive impact on our productive sector and churns out new legislation every week.
Obama, Cameron and Milliband are all the same