I know I am biased but I thought Jeremy Corbyn was just brilliant at conference today.
He is the next Prime Minister of Britain, a man talking rational common sense and the people in the conference hall knew it, people like me watching at home knew it and even the BBC’s Norman Smith knew it.
I would have loved to have been there, as I was last year in Brighton, and to have been part of such a joyous occasion but I felt part of the crowd just now even watching on the TV.
I had thought up until then that John McDonnell’s speech would be the highlight, as I felt it was last year but this time Jeremy Corbyn came up trumps. And I really admired his inclusiveness, one of this skills I had not valued greatly until now. To be honest, I have wished from time to time that he would be more confrontational but I thought today’s speech was a masterpiece of inclusivity.
I loved the way he mentioned Alf Dubbs and John Prescott and I thought his handling of the anti-Semitism attacks this summer was a lesson to us all in how to bring people in, rather than shutting them out. I would be very surprised if even the most hardened Corbyn critic will find anything negative to say.
So, listening in to the conference when I had the time, a little wistfully from Spain, wishing I was in Liverpool, I thought it was a pretty good conference for the party.
I am eagerly waiting for the comments of my comrades who were there.
And from Spain I say Felicidades to everyone involved in the organisation this year, and un abrazo muy fuerte for all the LI gang there.
For a report on Corbyn’s speech by Aidan Constable from Germany, see here.