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It's the slogan, stupid

Nick Robinson | 14:35 UK time, Wednesday, 6 October 2010

If you ever want to know what a leader's speech is going to be about, read the conference slogan. The Tories' slogan - "Together in the National Interest" - will be David Cameron's theme. He will try to inspire the country to join the coalition government in facing up to the crisis the country faces.

JFK famously declared "ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country". Stand by for a Cameron equivalent.


  • Comment number 1.

    Together for the benefit of the nation???

    The tories are back - it is every man for himself.

    What nation?

  • Comment number 2.

    Agree with the government sentiment.
    Perhaps it would help them if they stopped talking about Power and instead talked about Responsibility. Power smacks of egotistical politics.

  • Comment number 3.

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

  • Comment number 4.

    Or possibly "a national solution to a national problem"

  • Comment number 5.

    Well, its over and it was pure PR...

  • Comment number 6.


    Why was I referred for admiring the author's brilliant piece of deduction?

    Conference slogan = theme of closing speech.

    Nowhere else do you get this level of analysis.

  • Comment number 7.

    Will we ever find the courage to abandon cynicism in our dealings with our chosen leaders? This fine, intelligent,utterly human young man is doing his absolute best to light the fires of inspiration in our bellies again and free us from the shackles of 'political correctness'.But we remain,as a people,locked into the past, unable to see hope as anything but a lie and a deception. So sad.

  • Comment number 8.

    re #1
    Dr Johnson: "Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel"

    Snuffy: "You should only resort to a call to patriotism when you are leading your country into a just, defensive war."

  • Comment number 9.

    Cameron is really doing the only thing he can do, given the appalling financial debit. The difficulty is that the previous government encouraged an outlook on life which sees the government as handing out security and jobs - the ' good people's firm' versus the 'bad rich boys firm.'
    If one is an employee rather than an employer or self-employed it sounds like a very good idea, so Labour's backing tends to be from employees and unemployed, who expect the firm to foot he bill and have not had to worry about how the money gets there.
    The built in dilemma is that central government is financially dependent on wealth generated by entrepeneurs who build businesses and employ people or on borrowing. Labour, like socialist states before them, did both.
    In the Soviet Union, we saw what the outcome of this approach was - corruption at the top by a rich few of millionaire status, and an increasingly poor man on the street, employed by the government.
    Sounds familiar?


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