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I think he performed very well today, with a good speech on taxes. The juxtaposition of him and his chancellor was a rather good idea, highlighting the split in the Labour government without making any explicit comment.
Oliver Letwin was very good when talking about abolishion of the New Deal programme, and I particularly liked how he pointed out that they were contraversial plans, but that this was what he truly beleived. It was much better than Labour’s usual tactic of saying “We’re right, stupid”, and simply attacking the opposition. By recognising that the opposition have valid points, the party appears much more credible.
My only major criticism is the lighting, which had clearly not been camera-tested. Because it made Mr Letwin and Mr Howard look orange. Which was somewhat unfortunate. It’s minor slips like this that make parties look amateurish and not governmental. And these things can so easily be avoided.
Overall, I was impressed.