The Prime Minister’s speech from earlier this year provided an insight into his political and economic vision. How closely has Hunt stuck to it?
“The doubters, the doomsters, the gloomsters – they are going to get it wrong again. The people who bet against Britain are going to lose their shirts.”
“…The heavy responsibilities are outweighed by the huge potential to serve your country. But you achieve nothing alone.”
The Prime Minister deplores the “rancour and tribal bitterness” of modern debate, and criticises politicians “making promises you cannot keep”.
The Home Secretary says that he worries the streets are not safe for his own teenage children.
“An extension cannot take no deal off the table. The only way to do that is to revoke Article 50, which I shall not do.“
Methinks I see in my mind a noble and puissant Attorney General, rousing himself like a strong man after sleep, and shaking his invincible locks.
“Let us aim for that glorious vision of Lancaster House…not the miserable, permanent limbo of Chequers, not the democratic disaster of ongoing harmonisation.”
“In or out of the EU, our task remains the same: to be open, not closed, to the world around us. To always look outwards for opportunities, not inwards for cold comfort.”
She also told the Commons of new sanctions, Magnitsky legislation, and additional powers to curb the activities of the Kremlin’s agents.
The Chancellor dismisses the Opposition as “Eeyores” while declaring himself “positively tigger-like” about the prospects for the economy.
“It has become absolutely clear to me that we cannot take the argument for granted.”
It’s a depressing truth that today’s great public speakers would not have seemed particularly remarkable 40 or 50 years ago.
The Prime Minister addresses the Charity Commission on the subject of the ‘Shared Society’.
The Prime Minister tells the CBI that not enough people feel that they share in the wealth created by capitalism.