The Jon Cruddas speech last night was much as you might imagine; strong intellectual content, uninspiring delivery. James Purnell, meanwhile, said effectively nothing – beyond the truly vague – from the platform. Perhaps he is keeping his powder dry for next summer.
Here is a link to the full speech.
It’s the transport scheme which business really wants: a £16bn line connecting west and east London more swiftly than ever before.
But is it still affordable in the current climate? There were rumours earlier this summer that the Tories could ditch the project if they got into government. Theresa Villiers, shadow transport secretary, denied this but created confusion by saying there was no “current” review of the scheme.