I was trying to get hold of a copy of Tim's speech to conference - I've been in touch with the press office twice, no joy, checked the website lots, no joy, and in the end Tim offered to send it to me himself (I assured him he probably had better things to do with his time).
So I transcribed it myself. All 21 minutes and 15 seconds of it - not including the standing ovation at the end.
And I was glad I did; for while I loved watching the speech at the time (and if you haven't seen it, you should really take this chance to watch it), transcribing it gave me a whole new insight into it's message.
There's been a lot of talk about the speech.
The way it channels Obama (very Presidential): multiple references to 'Hope', to 'Change' and even to 'Audacity'. What could Tim have been trying to say?
The use of religious symbolism: multiple uses of 'evil', of 'preaching' - a message, in the week of LDDG that its OK to be a Lib Dem and religious...
The call for a return to Bevereridgism; or if fact Butskellism (a pheenomenon I was unaware of until Stephen Tall pointed it out to me, and he's the 32nd most important Lib Dem in the country or something)
And the call for a consensus, a word I'm really going to have to learn to spell.
But doing the transcript (I'll send you a copy if you're interested) revealed something else; the subliminal message; the hidden agenda; what Tim was really trying to say.
So I stuck it in a word cloud.
I really don't know how everyone missed it.
Oh alright, here's the real cloud. Sorry Tim xx