As predicted / gifted this morning:
I’m incredibly fortunate to have such strong support from our previous leaders. Michael Howard. Iain Duncan Smith. William Hague. Sir John Major. And of course, Lady Thatcher. You know what? We don’t boo our leaders.
Guido* suggested this morning:
Dave should praise IDS lavishly for the work he is doing on welfare reform, as the conference audience inevitably gives a clap and cheer he could throw out the line “unlike other parties, in this party we cheer rather than boo our former leaders”.
Given Ameet Gill, Cameron’s chief speech writer, is moving on, Guido will only say reasonable rates offered…
*Should say the line was crafted with Toby Young at a brainstorming session over a Chinese, he went on to pitch it in the conference bars to various staffers. Toby had another line about not deporting Cameron because of the Downing Street cat, which strangely didn’t get taken up. It is of course possible that the half-dozen strong speech writing team came up with it themselves, but that would be a rather dull explanation.