Speeches

Clegg gets forceful over welfare

16 September 2010 9:12

Enter Nick Clegg with another self-assured article for a national newspaper. A few weeks ago, it was his defence of…

Remembering the few

20 August 2010 11:13

Today is the 70th anniversary of Winston Churchill’s ‘Few’ speech. Here’s how the Spectator reviewed it at the time: Mr…

Was Carter right?

15 July 2010 23:27

Today marks the 31st anniversary of President Jimmy Carter’s famous ‘malaise’ speech. On July 15, 1979, Carter, then running for…

Bring on people power – but Cameron will still need to get his hands dirty

8 July 2010 9:05

You’ve got to hand it to him: David Cameron knows when to dish out the charm. Just days on from…

Osborne gets upfront about our debt burden

17 June 2010 9:06

A couple of weeks on holiday, and there’s plenty to catch up on.  First, though, George Osborne’s speech to Mansion…

Cameron creates cover for cuts

28 May 2010 15:23

David Cameron’s speech today was, in many respects, the one he needed to make: the clean-break speech, which trashed Labour’s…

Calling Osborne’s bluff

20 May 2010 14:30

I’ve just read through George Osborne’s speech to the CBI annual dinner last night, and there’s much in there about…

A lesson for all new MPs

15 May 2010 17:20

Ed Miliband has given a surprisingly good speech this morning: free from all the junk language that his older brother…

The Tories’ great manifesto launch

13 April 2010 13:09

Battersea Power Station is chosen as an allegory for Britain – “a building in need of rejuvenation in a country…

Two steps forward for the Tories, one step backwards for the Lib Dems

4 April 2010 16:42

Last week, the Tories strengthened their tax-cutting credentials with a smart policy on national insurance.  I’m sure you didn’t miss…

Cameron gets his message spot-on

6 March 2010 15:23

Just a quick post to encourage CoffeeHousers to read David Cameron’s speech to his party’s Welsh conference today. It’s not…

The morning after the speech before

1 March 2010 9:16

So, what did the newspapers make of Cameron’s Big Speech?  A brisk stroll through this morning’s coverage, and you’ll come…

No surprises – and much Tory-bashing – in Brown’s Big Speech

20 February 2010 12:28

Move along, now – there’s nothing to see here.  Or rather, reading Gordon Brown’s Big Speech, there’s nothing that you…

Why Adeela Shafi didn’t get a namecheck

15 February 2010 19:25

There is real jumpiness in Tory circles at the moment about the prospects of more candidate disasters. So eyebrows were…

Cameron steps up his game

14 February 2010 10:36

There’s something about a trip to Scotland that brings out the best in Tories giving speeches, and David Cameron lived…

Don’t take the voters for fools, Mr Cameron

3 January 2010 9:38

David Cameron can give rousing, mature, insightful speeches. Yesterday’s was not one of them. It used the word ‘hope’ 7…

Not Foxy enough

11 December 2009 18:19

Analysts analyse, reporters report and politicians, well, they are meant to make decisions. When in power, they are meant to…

Nothing to see here

18 November 2009 11:59

Blink and you missed it.  After seven minutes, the Queen had rattled through the Government’s legislative agenda for the next…

Gordon Brown’s American Helpers

4 November 2009 16:55

This is ridiculous. Apparently Gordon Brown has been paying a DC firm of speechwriters for help “tailoring” his speeches to…