What do Liberal Democrats expect from the 'return' of Dr Death (aka David Owen)?

Max Atkinson

Surprising, yes, but I don't know if 'return' is the right word for someone who left the Labour Party to form a new one (the SDP) that would be ruled by one-member-one-vote, only to ignore his own party's majority vote to merge with the Liberals in 1988. Nor do I know if Owen's 'return' will include a speech at the Liberal Democrat conference next week. Mark Pack reminds us of Owen's depiction of the SDP - with a rather neat alliterative contrast - as the 'tough but tender party'.

Why has British political oratory been banished to the sidelines?

Max Atkinson

My recent blogpost on the decline of oratory prompted an open letter from David Murray, Editor of Vital Speeches of the Day , with three questions that I ought to have a go at answering: An Open Letter to Max Atkinson Dear Mr. Atkinson, In the latest post on your excellent blog plainly-enough named Max Atkinson’s Blog, you applaud a writer from The Independent , for echoing your long held view that, in England anyway, the once-celebrated art of oratory is going to hell in a hand basket.

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