Magazine article The Spectator

Guide to the 2009 Conservative Conference

Magazine article The Spectator

Guide to the 2009 Conservative Conference

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So exciting! Where better for The Party of The North to hold its last conference before taking power than Manchester?

This is a vibrant city with many shops, restaurants and nightclubs. The cultural scene is diverse, the tap water is drinkable, and local people are friendly and welcoming.

That said, please dress casually (no club or old school ties) and observe local customs wherever possible, especially when outside the secure zone.

In terms of theme - think great, sweeping ideas! Wonky Tom is moaning that all our super new policy proposals won't stand up to scrutiny. He just doesn't get it. They sound absolutely lovely and as for detail, well, that's what civil servants are for and we'll have loads of those in few months' time! !

MONDAY

Mr Pickles will kick things off by making lots of jokes in a funny accent about not knowing what blogging is! He really is only joking of course. He knows full well what it is and will be doing it nonstop or Dave will want to know why! Then Mr Letwin and Mr Maude will hold a live debate between themselves about 'Change'. If we manage to get them off the stage before nightfall, there will be a keynote speech by Boris. No promises. We may have to cancel our favourite Mayor before he can tell us what a brilliant potential leader he is. How sad.

TUESDAY

Few bits and bobs on the platform. Some speeches on the economy. Nothing to see here. Then, the event of the week: Gay Pride night! Come along to the world-famous Manchester Gay Village to see all your favourite Gay Tories and a surprise appearance by a senior shadow cabinet member who will be coming out especially for this exciting occasion! …

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