I’ve never seen someone flirt with 2000 people at once before. Clinton is the best in world in communicating a difficult political message, and he does it with persuasive charm. What higher endorsement can our policies on climate change and global poverty have, than today’s speech from Bill. And he congratulated us on delivering a strong economy with progressive social reform, in contrast with the US.
He emphasised the work we are doing on improving the environmental standards in new homes. This is especially important for my South Swindon constituency where I am campaigning on the issue.
BC reminded us that we have a position of leadership in the world, that in an ever changing world we need to be the agents of change, and that the progress we are making could be easily reversed. He has seen it himself. He described being heartbroken at seeing the progressive programme halted when Bush took over from him. In a globalised world Clinton emphasised the necessity of working together. He reflected America’s disappointment at the way the Tories under Cameron have turned their backs on cooperation with the US by praising TB for maintaining a sometimes uncomfortable alliance.
After this speech it would be unfeasible to see any cooperation with a Cameron government. Support from Britain for his work on poverty and AIDS would rely on a 4th term for Labour.
NB. A quick comment on the Secretary of State for Health's speech to conference. It was a very different style. Patricia Hewitt was away from the podium, conversational and well received - despite the obvious differences of opinion there are over NHS Logistics.
Clearly we need to do some more talking on this. With £ 1 Billion at stake for the NHS front line it's a crucial debate.