I only skimmed through the text of Michael Howard’s speech to the Tory Party conference today, and it seemed pretty unimpressive, and, in places, a bit silly. (All that stuff about sacking ministers who miss performance targets, etc.: there’s so little talent or experience in the Conservative parliamentary ranks now that it’s scarcely conceivable that this could be anything other than a content-free publicity stunt. And Matt T, as ever, makes a good point about just who it is that’s saying the stuff about straight talking, politicians’ answers, etc.) I found the final passage a bit moving, even in its somewhat clunky eloquence (“I really do mean it”), but then I’m a sucker for that kind of immigrant narrative (yes, despite everything).

But if I’ve missed anything of substance, please tell me in the Comments, below.

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