Well the Party Conference season is over and, for those that nodded off, it is time to wake up and see the new politics term take its course.
As usual the conference season was a largely pointless and boring few weeks where leaders make speeches thinking the world is watching, when actually, other than an awful lot of BBC and SKY journalists, nobody is taking a blind bit of notice.
The first conference by the Liberal Democrats even had their own supporters staying away, with seats empty throughout the conference, even in the leaders speech. It was a drab affair with those bothering to turn up being in complete denial at their predicament.
You would never think that they were a party of government from the low key atmosphere and empty seats, but in government they are. The funniest moment without doubt was the suggestion by one person in the “ask Nick” sessions that actually it was the Liberal Democrats running the government. This got a good laugh in the hall and a round of applause – it certainly got a laugh outside the hall!
Then came Labour’s conference. Oh how journalists must hanker for the good old days when a good punch up would ensue, with walk outs, open hostility and the certainty of a little drawing of blood.
We have none of that these days, they are all too civilised you know. Again the conference was largely unremarkable except for the Ed Miliband speech. His delivery is not great, but at times he did look as though he meant what he was saying.
Unfortunately for Ed, he rekindled the “Red Ed” tag that had all but disappeared.
I actually thought the rhetoric of his speech was quite good with the point being we should encourage good business practice and not bad ones. However, somehow the Tory press picked this up as being “anti business”.
This is somewhat worrying because this surely assumes that most British companies are actually asset strippers and have no social responsibility. I would have thought that if companies work hard and create wealth that they would be in the “good” category rather than the vilified one. Maybe I missed the point?
Anyway, whichever way you take the speech, the rhetoric is all very well but the reality is as yet the Labour Party has no policies to implement such high stated moral values on business or the economy, and frankly is unlikely to have. But at least he seemed to be questioning the general ethos and over riding ideology of the past 30 years, and he is the first of the main parties to do this.
Then we had the Conservative party. This ended up being by far the most entertaining of the conferences. Feeling very pleased with themselves for . . err . . . . not winning the last election, they proceeded to bash the Europhiles, ditch their green credentials, spend £250 million on bin collections, and have an argument between themselves about a cat! All most amusing.
Cat gate was truly ridiculous. I have no idea what planet Theresa May lives on these days, but it is not within this universe. There are obviously important arguments regarding the human rights act, but by choosing such a ridiculous story, that has little, or no basis of truth in it whatsoever, just made her look desperate and pretty silly. Kenneth Clarke, being the plain spoken person he is, pretty much said so straight away much to the annoyance of his boss David.
It also doesn’t help that it is now being reported that she “lifted” cat gate from a UKIP speech!
Oh how amusing. Even as I write this, arguments still ensue over the said cat as the immigrant in question plans to join his gay partner in a civil partnership next summer. Surely this will please the Conservative Party and David Cameron in particular. After all they believe in Gay Marriage, not despite being Conservatives, but because they are Conservatives. It all fits surely with their belief in family values!
Well, now the party is over, and cat gate rumbles on, I smell a bit of sleaze on the horizon . . . . or is that a fox?