What a Difference a Speech Makes
Whether or not Cameron's speech will have a significant impact on the Tories' electoral chances remains to be seen, but it certainly seems to have raised the morale of his Tory audiences. Everyone, of course, is impressed by his speaking without notes. I have yet to see much of the speech, although the extract published on the Fawkes blog earlier today was as empty and banal as can be. But he spoke without notes! It is encouraging to think that actual public speaking skills still seem to count for something, but what a tragic state public rhetoric is in when a man speaking without notes becomes a point of admiring comment!