Over the past couple of weeks I’ve made it pretty clear what I’ve thought of the LibDem’s recent performance. Under Ming the party has bumbled and mumbled its way from disaster to disaster. Over the past few days their Party Conference served only to emphasise their problems. But we knew worse was to come, like the icing on the cake we awaited Ming’s performance; we awaited his 45 minute suicide note to the party and the electorate.
But it never came. Ming blasted apart expectations and delivered an extraordinary speech.
But here’s the thing. Ming’s speech wasn’t just good by comparison to previous performances. It was good in its own right; as a piece of oratory it stands out, deservedly so.
Far from the dithering, tired, bumbling and mumbling performances of recent pasts Ming Campbell looked strong, resolute, dynamic, tough, tenacious and not simply ready, but spoiling, for a fight.
Of course one speech isn’t enough to turn the LibDem’s performance around – but it is enough to get the party back on track and more importantly standing behind their leader.
Whatever else has comes out of Ming Campbell’s speech one thing looks certain – his position as leader is secure for at least a little longer.