Valley's Mam writes one of my favorite blogs. Occasionally, she comments on my posts. She makes good points, even though I don't always agree with her. But today she made a comment with which I totally disagree. She commented thus;
"I think Osborne was dreadful. He came over as an accounts clerk, not a financial expert. I think your party has not done well this week Glyn - Europe, cuts, Mr Pickles and Boris J have done you no favours."
I thought Osborne was excellent yesterday - best performance I've heard from him. At last week's Labour Conference, the Prime Minister and the Chancellor almost completely ignored the financial position that we are in. The speeches they made were truly incredible in every sense of the word. The tone that George Osborne adopted represented the first time that a leading politician has told the people of our country what to expect - and it will be the case whichever party is elected. I also thought he came over as a serious politician, a view that seems to have been shared by most commentators and the city.
I thought the Party leadership handled the backwash from the Irish Lisbon Treaty Vote very well. The media and opposition did everything possible to make it the dominating issue - and it was hardly mentioned. Personally, I find the policy position that we have on the Lisbon treaty to be entirely logical - up until its ratification is confirmed, at which time I would expect a new policy to deal with the new situation.
I'm not sure what the point about cuts is - too much or too little. What George Osborne did was establish a tone and direction. The cuts announced are nothing like as much as will be needed to deal with the structural deficit that will face any Government next May. All Gordon Brown's speech offered was a series of uncosted commitments to spend even more than now - which no-one can possibly take seriously.
Have no idea what Eric Pickles has done, but I thought Boris Johnson was terrific. Boris is not part of the shadow team, and will not be part of a Conservative Government if we win the election next spring. His interview with Paxman was terrific, in my opinion - so good that the BBC is reported to have left out bits that put the great inquisitor on the spot. Like other leading figures in our party, such as Dan Hannan and David Davis, he sets out to influence party policy in the direction he wants. There is nothing wrong with that.
In the current economic climate, it's not possible to hold what has been the traditional party conference. Because it's possible that the Conservatives may win the next election, nothing can be said that cannot be delivered. Its a tough time, and in the circumstances I thought our Conference has gone well. So what do you think? Is Valley's Mam right, or am I right. You decide!