Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Clinton's Speech

Another masterclass this morning from a peerless performer.

Clinton was lower key than I was expecting, and appeared almost hesitant at
the start. This wasn't a traditional conference speech, however. Clinton
doesn't need to pepper his speeches with key points which draw applause from
his audience - after all, he's out of the "votes games" now, at least
directly.

Consequently he was heard in almost rapt silence for about 40 minutes,
puncuated by occasional smatterings of clapping. What we got was a tour de
force from perhaps the world's leading statesman, covering world poverty,
HIV/AIDS and climate change. Clinton's work since he left office means that
he has a unique authority on all these subjects.

And he was right that inexplicably, the Labour government has not reaped the
electoral dividend from Gordon Brown and Tony Blair's championing of the
Gleneagles agenda last year. There have to be lessons there as Labour
campaigns both in next year's local polls and ultimately the General
Election to come.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

"And he was right that inexplicably, the Labour government has not reaped the electoral dividend from Gordon Brown and Tony Blair's championing of the Gleneagles agenda last year."

Inexplicably, you say? Don't make us laugh. Blair and Brown's championing [sic] was expertly analysed by many and varied folk around the world and found to be seriously lacking in substance, although bountiful in spin (as is to be expected). That's on top of the negativity that Blair and Brown have both attracted through their tireless lying, manipulating, the dodgy dossier, dodgy accounting, deliberate shunting aside of public opinion, warping of the Cabinet system, disregard of the Constitutional checks and balances of the country which took centuries to put in place, and general contempt for democracy. And that's just for starters.

Inexplicable? The only thing that's inexplicable is your apparent naivete. Is it real, or are you a Blair-style Machiavellian too?

"There have to be lessons there as Labour campaigns both in next year's local polls and ultimately the General
Election to come."

Heard it all before Nick, heard it all before (e.g. May 2005, and also The Big Conversation), your party rarely follows through on anything democratic, but regularly and with gusto pushes and bludgeons with non-democratic projects. Strange.