Speeches

Purnell stakes out a new welfare battleground

30 April 2011 15:34

I said a few days ago that the spirit of James Purnell lingers over the welfare debate in Britain. Well,…

Cameron’s other speech

14 April 2011 17:10

There is no rest for the Prime Minster. After delivering his speech on immigration in Romsey this morning, there was…

Nothing new, but much to ponder, in Cameron’s immigration speech

14 April 2011 9:15

There is, really, little that is new in David Cameron’s speech on immigration today. Besides one or two grace notes,…

Obama sketches out the limits to American involvement in Libya

29 March 2011 9:08

There was one aspect of Barack Obama’s Big Speech on Libya last night that was particularly curious: for a President…

Gaddafi’s lethal sort of madness

22 February 2011 17:07

If Muammar al-Gaddafi weren’t still in charge of a country, then his speech for Libyan State TV would have been…

Cameron signs up to muscular liberalism

5 February 2011 10:42

“State multiculturalism has failed.” Angela Merkel put voice to that sentiment last October. Now it David Cameron’s turn to do…

Cameron’s gloomy brand of optimism

28 January 2011 14:21

A weird, sprawling kind of speech from David Cameron in Davos this morning. It started off on an unusually, if…

A businesslike State of the Union address

26 January 2011 9:08

Jobs, people, work, new, years, make. You can get a good sense of Obama’s State of the Union address purely…

Cameron: it’s all about the economy

15 November 2010 18:07

A minor landmark for David Cameron tonight, as he delivers his first Mansion House speech as Prime Minister. Like occupants…

Return of the Gord

31 October 2010 17:19

Oh look, the Old Crowd are moving in on the New Generation’s patch. Not only has David Miliband broken his…

Cameron sells the Big Society to the public sector

8 October 2010 9:21

David Cameron clearly wants us to waltz into the weekend with the Big Society on our minds – so he’s…

Cameron stumbles onto the stage

6 October 2010 9:02

Who’d have guessed that David Cameron would go into his conference speech on the backfoot? This was supposed to be…

Osborne takes to the stage, armed with cuts

4 October 2010 9:04

Rewind the tape to last year’s Tory conference, and David Cameron was assuring us that, “It will be a steep…

David Miliband torpedos his brother’s big speech

28 September 2010 18:43

Make no mistake: David Miliband has handled himself with a fair amount of dignity over the past few days. But…

Ed Miliband’s speech: neither here nor there

28 September 2010 15:58

Where are Ed Miliband’s editors? If twenty minutes had been lopped off that speech, then it might have been quite…

Ed Miliband’s speech: live blog

28 September 2010 14:16

1522, PH: We’ll leave it there. More reaction on Coffee House shortly. 1520, PH: And there’s the closing summary. He…

All so predictable from Cable

22 September 2010 12:52

If Vince Cable has achieved anything, it’s to enliven a Lib Dem conference that had settled into cosy anonymity after…

Hughes retracts his claws (for now)

21 September 2010 14:39

Few observers would have expected Simon Hughes to tear into the coalition with full force in his speech today. The…

Clegg shades the coalition yellow for his Lib Dem audience

20 September 2010 17:15

It’s hard to know quite what to make of Nick Clegg’s speech just now. It never really soared as a…

Clegg speech live blog

20 September 2010 15:46

1653, PH: And that, aside from Clegg’s stroll around the crowd, is that. There’ll be further analysis on Coffee House…