CAME straight back to to my hotel room from the conference hall and have a few minutes to offer my first, brief reaction to The Speech before heading to my next meeting at four.
Some pretty impressive commitments – I was particularly delighted at GB’s promise to make our child poverty elimination target a statutory obligation. Very clever. Let’s see if ‘Dave’ votes for it or commits to repealing the Act. This is a move that is so going to wind up every Tory – and especially every cyber-Tory – in the country.
And I loved the George Osborne quote about the financial sector. How on earth could anyone ever vote for that lot?
Anyway, I’m heading downstairs to the bar for my next meeting. No doubt I’ll get some reactions from colleagues and members of the fourth estate while I’m there. I predict a very upbeat mood at tonight’s gala dinner, where I’m hosting a table.