Two thoughts on Clegg’s Manchester speech (2 of 2): edging towards the right narrative

by Stephen Tall on June 23, 2013

Two parts of Nick Clegg’s Manchester speech particularly caught my eye. The first — how not to repeat our mistake on tuition fees — I’ve blogged about here. Here’s the second: Governing has carried a cost. We have taken a hit; Our opponents try to use the fact we are in government nationally against us […]

Two thoughts on Clegg’s Manchester speech (1 of 2): how not to repeat the tuition fees mistake

by Stephen Tall on June 23, 2013

Nick Clegg’s pitch to the Lib Dems’ local government conference in Manchester yesterday was given the kind of build-up that seems to be an inevitable part of leaders’ speech-making. Nick was going to ‘deliver hard truths’ to his activists, ‘issuing a warning’ that we shouldn’t return to the safety of opposition, and urging us instead […]