How Did David Cameron Do In His 2012 Party Conference Speech? Gaby Hinsliff Reports...

10 October 2012

NOTHING beats getting the last word, especially in a row with your significant other.

And while Dave’n’Sam may be lovey-dovey, Dave’n’Boris are definitely having issues. At times Conservative party conference has felt rather like an awkward dinner party, where everyone pretends not to hear the host couple yelling at each other in the kitchen.

But if the Mayor got all the laughs yesterday, it was David Cameron who moved some to tears today when he spoke falteringly of his dead son Ivan, and how he hoped the Paralympics had changed attitudes to the disabled. His was a serious speech on the virtues of hard graft in a crisis, designed to show that while nobody loves the straight man in a comedy double act, without him nothing works.

But what strikes you most as conference season ends isn’t the ups and downs in the Tory bromance: it’s how little any of the three leaders had to say to women voters. The prime minister didn’t mention childcare, originally pencilled in for an airing, nor the row over abortions - although he did pledge to help Generation Rent, stuck living with their parents and ‘dreaming of a place of their own.’ Let’s just hope conference wasn’t the last word on that.


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