The country is hardly waiting with bated breath to see what the third and final leaders’ speech of this year’s party conference season holds, but it should be. Jane Austen wrote in Pride and Prejudice that “ … a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife”. And so it is surely, every political leader must be in want of a vision.
Leaders’ speeches are an opportunity to overcome perceived weaknesses in their leadership and to bring unity and drive to their parties. It is being said that the title of David Cameron's speech will be “Britain can deliver” and that it will be about aspiration and social mobility.
With the economy floundering and a sense of renewed solidarity following the Olympics, there could be no better theme for a speech than this autumn. But what might a genuine vision of opportunity look like? With all the parties fighting it out for the centre ground, this is the assessment the British public must make.
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