‘The speech’: An anatomy

The UK deserved better than the mediocrity of the argument and the banality of the conclusion presented by David Cameron in his speech on Europe.

There are various kinds of political speeches. There is the call to arms to enthuse and inspire one’s audience. There is the speech to sway the audience, to persuade listeners, maybe even to change minds. There is the speech to clear the air, set out a new direction, and lay down a course of action. And then there is David Cameron’s long-awaited and much postponed speech on the UK’s relations with Europe.

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