"I guess it was a seven or eight out of ten speech, in terms of speech, but it did the necessary for the party."This seems a fair verdict to me. But should we be pleased by his candour or outraged at his disloyalty?
Does the President exist to tell the party's leadership uncomfortable truths on behalf of the wider membership? Or is he meant to be the public face of the party, telling everyone how well it is doing. And if it is the latter role, why do we need a President as well as a Leader?
I only ask because I want to know.