Tim Farron has always been an excellent orator, but something about leadership has taken him up a level.
His keynote address to the Lib Dem conference was a masterclass. He got the comedy beats right and he got the rousing rhetoric right. He knew when to stop for applause and when to use it as backdrop. It was powerful stuff, and then it was genuinely funny, and then it was powerful again.
Farron doesn’t photograph well, as those much-shared images of him looking afraid of milk cartons attest. He doesn’t interview particularly well either, as his less-than ideal moment on the Today programme showed on Monday. But he can get on a stage and keep an audience in the palm of his hand.
The Lib Dems needed it and were grateful for it. They all seemed genuinely enthused afterwards, although they are such a resolutely upbeat lot it can be hard to tell. Farron knew how to stroke their belly. And that’s not to underestimate what he did here. These people had been hammered by the public, decimated inRead More »from Farron's speech was brilliantly delivered – but terribly misjudged