All the pre-party Conference polls weren't doing the Conservative's any favours, David Cameron's negative rating being higher than that of the opposition leader and the poll of polls showing that if translated into GE seats Labour would be an incredible 112 seats ahead. Well today the Conservative's launched their secret (or not so secret) weapon, William Hague, who, in the way of conferences, made everybody in Birmingham feel a whole lot better about themselves by denouncing the Labour party's future plans.
|William Hague addresses the faithful|
It's easy to be sceptical about the conference 'season' because they are like a series of big exclusive coffee mornings where only those with tickets (or lanyards) can gain access. They are a political Now That's What I Call Music where you dislike some of the tracks, like quite a lot of them and think a few are the dogs bollocks - I mean even UKIP sound good this time of year and not just a bunch of anti-European nutters.
Hague always sounds good, it's just the way he looks that puts people off and his 'Labour won't change' schtick was what you would expect, but at this time of year it is guaranteed to get some headlines and news coverage. The crucial thing though, and I find this a source of endless frustration, is that nobody in the Conservative party seems to be telling us what they will do should May 2015 bring forth a Conservative Government.
It's easy to keep saying that Ed (Milliband or Balls) is Gordon v2.0 but the only other news emerging from the conference today and seeing the bright lights of Birmingham were David Cameron's comments that there would be more welfare cuts to come and no increases in tax for the well-off, this doesn't seem to me to be the best way of getting that elusive second gold medal.