2:15pm Cameron comes out to a rapturous reception. He tells the audience this might be a messy as he’s got no autocue, Cameron unspun.
2:20pm Cameron is tying the party into the project; paying tribute to it for the increased number of women candidates, its campaigns on the environment and the like.
First reaction to the speech...
The performance was very good. He looked relaxed. The conversational style worked well on television. (I couldn't get back to the Winter Gardens in time from a lunchtime fringe meeting I was chairing).
First reactions to watching Cameron’s speech from a sofa in
Was it good enough?
Conservatives 07: David Cameron's very decent, very competent, mostly honest speech surely fell short of the goal he had set himself.
A reassuring chat
This was no conference rabble rouser. More a reassuring chat from that nice clean-cut young man who just popped in to explain how he could mend the country. His message? That the other lot aren't wicked, they've tried awfully hard - but they've made a bit of a mess of things.
Cameron's disgraceful attack on police...
Disgusted and saddened to hear David Cameron use the tragic drowning of a
Cameron's Wind Of Change
Let's look at that Dave Cameron speech to Tory Conference in full. Starts off by saying he wants a brave new world. (I wonder if it is the Aldous Huxley version he was thinking of?) Talks about the crashing down of the Berlin Wall and the achievements of Margaret Thatcher. One wonders whether 1990 is the last time even the Tories can think of that they did anything worthwhile. Talks about a "wind of change". I wonder if the Scorpions are going to reform in order to perform Cameron's election theme.
Cameron gets his knickers in a twist
Now I must say, after about ten minutes of Dave’s speech, I was pretty impressed. Some very targeted and valid attacks on Brown and a big Tory love-in, presumably aimed at inspiring the Tory activists to spend the next few weeks knocking on doors.
But I needn’t have worried. Give a prat like that a stage for an hour and soon enough the truth will out. Two things of note:
But will it move the polls?
My view is that we will see a significant move to the Tories - what I can’t predict is the scale of that shift and that is everything. If we get close to level-pegging then it’s going to be a much tougher call for Brown. If not then November 1st would seem to be it.