I was not able to go North to Blackpool today, and for the second year in succession, I will have missed our Annual Party Conference. Deeply disappointing, and made all the worse on reading today's Telegraph - which featured a very fetching photograph of Theresa May at the event, wearing an above-the-knee chiffon skirt and calf length leopardskin print boots. Worth the cover price of 70p on its own.
Its probably shockingly non PC to say this - but Theresa is a strikingly handsome woman. She must have made a big impact on any non PC males attending the Conference. She has form on this sort of thing. A lot of us remember the 'kitten' shoes she wore to lambast us as the 'nasty' party some years ago. And I remember Theresa, as a newish MP coming to help me to campaign in 1997. After a long session door knocking, we retired to the Talbot in Berriew for 'refreshment'. She was wearing a short skirt and driving an open top BMW. She made a very big impact. I'm not sure that Dai Pryce and a couple of other regulars have ever fully recovered.
Anyway I heard George Osborne's speech on the car radio. It was terrific stuff. Some genuine help to first time house buyers and the emasculation of Inheritance Tax (its effective abolition in low wage economies such as Wales). And he followed it up with a promise of changes to the tax system to encourage both parents to carry on living together. Its easy to tell that this has rattled Labour because Gordon's spin machine has been put on full throttle to rubbish the policy. I think Ming Campbell has said something negative as well - but it's been ignored by everyone. It may be that Gordon Brown will feel pressured into 'bottling out' of calling his 'cut and run' Election after all. To be honest, I hope he does. I'm not as ready for an election as I would be in May. Perhaps Theresa can be persuaded to come to Montgomeryshire to campaign for me again!