As you may have read in the posts below, the Tory conference was quite a success. They managed to get their message across and avoid any damaging splits. The Media were reduced to trying to take pictures of them drinking champagne to get a negative story.
On the other hand the other two conferences were less successful. Labour could not really shift the atmosphere of it being a wake for a party waiting to lose power. Gordon Brown gave another ineffective and cobbled together speech; there do not even appear to be any pretenders to the throne anymore apart from the fantastically loony Harriet Harman.
For me though, the Lib Dem conference was by far the worst. Even their best performer, Vince Cable, managed to get his big announcement messed up. Nick Clegg is a poor leader with a shrill voice and patronising tone. His conference speeches are woeful. Far worse for the Lib Dems though is a lack of strategy.
The fact is that most of the seats they hold are in the South East and are Conservative marginals waiting to happen. As such the MP's of the party clearly want to look like Tory-lite. Yet the opportunity for the party is in taking seats from Labour and the body of the activists are left-wing voters. You can see from the votes they take on any policies at Lib Dem conferences.
As such, the MP's and the activists have differing priorities and this means Clegg cannot take the party with him. Moreover in the next election, being against the party likely to win and perhaps win in a landslide is a suicidal policy. The opportunity is to make gains from the weakened labour party and aim to force the party into 3rd place. What a prize to aim for!
But the Lib Dems won't do this as it is against the interest of their current MP's. Oh dear what a mess. Confused policies, no strategy and a party split asunder.
if I did not despise their campaigning tactics so much I would laugh!