Monday, September 29, 2008

Economy of language

After last year's triumphant coup on inheritance tax, George Osborne had set himself a high bar for his keynote speech today. And with the current economic crisis his words will be pored over like never before. The hall is packed to capacity so I'm watching this on TV in the exhibition centre. It's certainly going down well soon with the crowd here- well judged and witty attacks on Brown without appearing too flippant or smug. And some very eye-catching pledges on cutting waste whilst freezing Council tax, for example. I think it will win credit from the commentators for striking the right note, and show the wider public Conservatives have something different and better to offer in hard times.

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