These days party conferences are so stage-managed, I find them difficult to listen too. Viewing hours of them on television is surely too much to ask of the most loyal supporters.
However I do keep up to date with proceedings and was very disappointed that, at the LibDem luv-in this weekend, Danny Alexander misquoted Churchill during his desperate efforts to label anyone who disagrees with him "enemies of growth".
“We’ll never let the anti-European isolationists or nationalists frustrate our national interest. They are the enemies of growth”.
What is "the central national purpose"? Sounds too much like a Common Purpose product to me and I have no time for CP ideals.
The LibDems are extremely pro-EU, particularly their leader Nick Clegg and Danny Alexander. Of course both men have, in the past, made an excellent living from promoting themselves as EU enthusiasts. Before rising to the dizzy heights of PR man for the Cairngorm National Park for a year from 2004-2005, Danny Alexander's job was to plug the EU: Director of Communications, European Movement 1996-99, Head of Communications, Britain in Europe 1999-2004. His background is PR not finance and his comment about the SNP was soundly ridiculed by John Swinney on yesterday's Politics Now programme.
However, it was his misquote which doesn't stand up to the weakest scrutiny:
"Sadly, eurosceptics on left and right fail to understand Winston Churchill's central insight that sharing sovereignty strengthens influence and isolation weakens us.
Actually Churchill said:
"We see nothing but good and hope in a richer, freer, more contented European commonality. But we have our own dream and our own task. We are with Europe, but not of it. We are linked but not compromised. We are interested and associated but not absorbed."
Churchill did not advocate 'sharing sovereignty' - quite the contrary.
Sloppy speech writing from Danny Alexander in a foolhardy effort to show the LibDems are a party to be taken seriously. How can anyone take them seriously when they can gain a foothold in government, both in Westminster and Scotland, only by default?