The Liberal Democrats are in Glasgow having their annual party conference – which means that for the next few weeks, each political party will enjoy some time in the glare of the media spotlight.
It’s an attractive proposition for a party: get a room, fill it with people who support you, and tell them what they want to hear. It’s a soft audience, a guaranteed good reception, and (in British politics anyway) probably the only opportunity in your diary to say what you want without being interrupted by a dissenter. For some politicians, it’s the only chance they have of an unalloyed standing ovation. Continue reading →