While working at home this afternoon I have had the LibDem Make it Happen Debate on the Parliamentary Channel. I found myself thinking that it was about time Conservative conferences had a few more of these substantive debates. Conferences nowadays have become rallies rather than conferences and far too dominated by presentational requirements. Ordinary party members get too little opportunity to contribute.
The LibDem debate wasn't particularly profound, but somehow it was quite addictive, with some rather good speeches, particularly from Duncan Brack, Simon Hughes and Evan Harris. Harris made a particualry good joke about putting Clegg out to stud if he lost the vote. It was a shame the cameras didn't get his reaction!