With breathtaking bravura he held the hall rapt. No autocue, at ease, personal and passionate. Even the enemy press emerged speaking superlatives, though whether those feature in Tory prints is another matter. The nation may glimpse too little of this confident, intelligent speech, though by osmosis voters do absorb political turning points such as this. It was the day Miliband\’s private qualities at last turned into public strengths: not just brainy but funny, likable and an unashamed egalitarian to the core of his being.
I think I\’d trust Polly\’s instincts about Labour leaders more if there had been one, just one, that she had not portrayed as the man of the nation\’s dreams at some point or other.
My memory on this only goes back as far as John Smith but all, without exception, have been lauded as the answer to as maiden\’s (or even matron\’s) dreams at some point or other.