Thursday, September 28, 2006

John Reid delivered his speech like a preacher would his congregation. I wasn't convinced it was the bid for the top job that some are portraying it to be, it wasn't a speech of bravado or showmanship; rather a typically workmanlike, understated presentation of what Labour values can do at home and abroad.

Here was a man who doesn't need that "dream ticket" to get his dream job, it seemed like he already has it.

His efforts won't have done anything to stop those who think that conference has been thin on the ground in terms of policy announcements, but rather confirm that there is another battle going on. The battle is not for the leadership, nor is it for the right to govern (yet), but rather a battle to maintain and develop New Labour values in these turbulent times - something which has been at the very heart of every major speech this week.

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