Most political party conferences are marked by their conference leadership speech. Dramatic and rhetorical, they inspire the party faithful and speak to the rest of the country. Your main conference speech can achieve the same results.
Baroness Williams has proved an indomitable figure in British politics since winning her first constituency in 1964. But last week was the occasion of her final speech in the House of Lords marking her retirement from the second chamber.
A speech by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg was withdrawn before its delivery once it was discovered that the speech featured a reference to his opponents in the argument over same-sex marriage as “bigots”. A bigot speech no less.
Go green appeared to be the rallying cry for this Nick Clegg energy speech given by the Deputy Prime Minister at a renewable energy conference this week. His speech coincided neatly with the government’s need to promote a business agenda during the 2012 London Olympics.
Three leaders, three speeches, one theme. That’s what the British public got last week with each of the main political party leaders contriving to adopt a distinctive voice whilst pretty much speaking in unison. Unnerving.