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Brown's speech - what the papers make of it

Thought I'd go for a trawl through those with op-ed online and find out:

Fawningly positive

Daily Mirror

"Gordon Brown has cleared his first hurdle in the race for the top job. No other Cabinet minister save Tony Blair could have delivered such a unifying sermon".


The Sun

The Chancellor put up a strong performance. So it was a pity to see it overshadowed by Cherie Blair’s farcical one-woman protest.

Mildly positive

The Times

If Mr Brown was trying to place a vast plaster over Labour’s (self-inflicted) wounds, he largely succeeded.


The Guardian

"Gordon Brown attempted a spectacular evolution yesterday - and although he did not fully succeed, his address to Labour's conference left him as the frontrunner, still, to succeed Tony Blair. A poor speech might have broken him and a brilliant one might have made his arrival in Number 10 a formality. This one was neither of those things.."

The Independent

Gordon Brown's speech to the Labour Party conference was not, despite all the advance billing, the speech of his life: it was nothing like the prime-ministerial tour de force he had delivered the year before. But then it did not need to be. It was a thoroughly competent and confident performance, which did more than enough to stake his claim to be the party's next leader and the country's next Prime Minister.

The Scotsman

"Like most job applications, Gordon Brown's speech yesterday to the Labour Party conference in Manchester attempted to tell his audience what it wanted to hear. So the Chancellor was at pains to mend fences (in public at least) with Tony Blair, to reassure the Blairites that he was still New Labour to the core".

The Herald

He certainly avoided the sort of banana skin that upended David Davis's chances of leading the Conservatives last year, but did he do enough to see off potential challengers and look like the man to take on David Cameron? The carefully stage-managed 175-second standing ovation cannot be regarded as a litmus test,


Daily Telegraph

Then there was the text of the speech itself. Given the importance of the occasion (billed as "the speech of his life" by the media), it should have been possible for Mr Brown and his speechwriters to produce prose that was less tired and hackneyed...He would, he said, "relish the opportunity to take on David Cameron", but there was precious little in this speech that would give Mr Cameron cause for concern.

So, the dour one will presumably be quite pleased with his reviews. If anyone can supply me with quotes from the Mail and Express I would be grateful. The FT and the Daily Smut Star seem to have ignored him>

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Blogger The Hitch said... 11:31 am

I think you will find the Daily Mail even less complimentary.
Yes I know I shouldnt read it,however, I cant help it,the rag appeals to my bitchy side. I read the telegraph on a sunday to convince myself Im still all that bothered and the times on a sunday for rodd liddle clarkson and AA Gill, a man whom I would probably punch within 5 minutes of being introduced to.
i also do that sneaky peeking at peoples book thing , I bet the ones ontop of my workstation are far less intelectual than yours.(you knew that didnt you? ) (+:  

Blogger Croydonian said... 11:40 am

Which is why I'm so hacked off that the blighters charge for content. Can't say I blame them.

Of its type, the Mail is quite something - it doesn't own the middle market and prompt envy from the other papers for nothing. Gotta love the Sunday Times though

Re books - I'm taking The Fifth...  

Blogger The Hitch said... 11:50 am

I wil cough the job on books , I have them spread all around the place , I even store some next dor in the flat I rent out, infriont of me we start with the blue book of airguns themn more gun books learn html in a weekend(i didnt)a book on fungii a sheaf of erotic prints more guns/sporting books and finish up with Alan bennetts
"untold stories" all that and manage to get some work done.  

Anonymous Anonymous said... 5:50 pm

I want a word with you outside....  

Blogger Stan Bull said... 6:45 pm

Does this indicate that Murdo is going to back Gordo? (even though the popularly held view is that Gordo will be wiped out in 2009 by a resurged Tory Party )  

Anonymous Anonymous said... 6:50 pm

You can't get AA Gill free in The Sunday Times.

Did you know his best friend is Jeremy Clarkson? I find that so odd.  

Blogger Croydonian said... 7:11 pm

Tim - ooh-err...

GC - you have to wonder, don't you?

Verity - I think they like doing the chalk and cheese act.  

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