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Coming Up – Leader’s Speech Liveblog

Posted by The Futility Monster on September 23, 2009 @ 06:22

The floor is yours, Mr Clegg...

The floor is yours, Mr Clegg...

Just a quick one this morning to say that – assuming my schedule works out right for today – I will be in a position this afternoon to liveblog Nick Clegg’s conference speech at around 2:30pm.

“How exciting!” is the cry of joy I hear in response. Yes, it will be unmissable.

What I’m looking for today is a credible narrative to join together all the threads of the past few days. There’s no time like the present: the election is looming, and Nick Clegg will not get a better opportunity to frame the big issues ahead in our terms.

I’m not looking for an attack on David Cameron. It’s too late for that. The public have already decided they kinda like him. What I am looking for is a cogent and incisive case against the politics of the Conservative Party.

Meanwhile, there’s no need to go to town on Gordon Brown either – but the message needs to be clear: Labour are finished, and your best chance of achieving a genuinely progressive centre-left agenda after the election will be by voting Liberal Democrat.

This is an election address and must be treated as such. And so, above all, at the end of it, its key themes must shine out. We must be able to boil it down to a handful of choice phrases and pledges that are going to resonate on the doorstep.

There is no need to bother with rallying cries, or calls for party unity, as that is a given in the run up to an election. Everyone is prepared to give Nick the backing he needs to run a good campaign.

Today, it’s all about the substance of the message. I’m hoping he won’t disappoint.

I hope you’ll join me at 2:30pm for the fun and games.

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