When I finished listening to Gordon Brown's speech I felt I had been assaulted by a wet lettuce. I am afraid I got distracted at various points so I didn't hear it all, but the bits I did hear could easily have been spoken by a Conservative. The new policy announcements tumbled out like a machine gun rat-a-tat-tat. The sheer audacity of much of it had to be admired, even if the delivery left something to be desired.
I loved it that it took him twenty minutes to spit out the words Tony and Blair in about the least efusive way you could imagine. His tribute to Kinnock contrasted with the scowling look on Glenys Kinnock's face in his tough on crime, tough on immigrants passage. If looks could have killed, David Miliband would be taling over as PM tonight.
All in all, it was an accomplished performance. Did it provide any clues about the election date? Apart from the series of policy announcements, not really. The joy of today has been listening to various political journalists caveat every sentence they utter on election timing. Hilarious!