While Conference wrestles with the challenges of the downturn in the global economy and the UK's response to the credit crunch, I am faced with a far more pressing decision: do I attempt to try to straighten my hair again, or give it up as a lost cause? It looked fine when I left the flat this morning, but after a ten minute hike to the 5 Live show dressed in a frankly climatically inappropriate cashmere sweater dress and knee-length boots, I looked like Monica in that episode of Friends when they all decamp to the Caribbean for a paleontology conference. It is not supposed to be sunny up North.
David M is on the television making his big Conference speech. And it's very good. Yes, he's quite Blair-like but (and I know I'm probably in the minority on this) I've always thought Tony's speeches were a little bit too hammy. You could see the actor coming through. Both Cameron and Clegg have gone down that route, but David avoids it. As predicted, Sky is interpreting David's challenge to Cameron on Europe as a sign that he's positioning himself as Cameron's future opponent at the despatch box. And his rallying call against defeatism in the party, saying we can beat the Conservatives at the next election, is 'obviously' a sign that he has the leadership in his sights. Adam Boulton has however noted that the body language between Gordon and David was 'quite warm', which might mean that perhaps they're willing to work together. I can't believe people get paid for this stuff.
Have been straightening my hair while typing this - I'm a woman, I multi-task - so heading back to Conference centre now for Douglas. Read his speech on his Spad's Blackberry last night: Food, Fuel, Finance - you heard it here first.