Cameron caps conference with citizenship call
Dominic Fisher aka praguetory writes:
The jokes and attacks on Labour were fun, but Cameron's closing speech was about communicating three serious messages, one theme and one vision.
His first key message was that entering the coalition was the responsible choice. His next point was that the action the coalition has taken and continues to take has steered us away from the grave economic risks the country faces. Finally, he described how in spite of the coalition and the deficit, he believes he is leading a radical and reforming government.
The theme of the speech was also the theme of the conference, and that is that the Conservative Party acts in the national interest - especially in contrast to the last government. Of course, Cameron's greatest passion is for the Big Society. He used his speech to share his vision of what the Big Society can achieve and make a call for everyone to contribute to a societal transformation through active citizenship. Anyone who spent time at the Alum Rock social action project will understand the impact that concerted voluntary action can have on a neighbourhood.
The immediate press reaction was gushingly positive with reporters energized by the mood of the hall. In time, I think this speech will be perceived as workmanlike, which is exactly what it needed to be.
Just to prove that we have managed to have some fun in spite of the apparent champagne ban, here's a picture of me with a familiar face. As usual, I'm the one on the right.