Well, despite my flippancy earlier on, Nick certainly didn't let us down with his speech. It was absolutely stunning.
He talked passionately about how both Labour and the Tories had let the country down, saying that Labour was now a 'zombie government', while attacking the Tories for assuming they could just inherit power without saying what they stand for.
He had excellent sections on individual liberty, greening our society and transforming our political system. I particularly liked his insistence on having 'people-sized' public services.
But the bulk of the speech was about how we can cope with the current economic difficulties and he set out a terrific case for the overall tax cuts we agreed earlier on this week in Bournemouth. Let no-one be in any doubt: those tax cuts are not an alternative to social justice, they are a vital part of it.
If Chris Huhne's speech yesterday was a 10 out of 10, then I think Nick's today was a 12.
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