Well I'm back, phew! what a few weeks - 20 fringe meetings, 20 votes against the leadership and over 200 units of alcohol later - what a conference - what a city Manchester has become!
Blair - outstanding. Best speech I've ever heard! Brown? Best speech he has ever done (especially the bit about image not being as important as substance), but his speech was still so low key it made Jack Straw look inspiring.
So who does that leave us? Well sadly Alan Johnson didn't cut the mustard for me despite his support for PR. John Reid is actually surprisingly good at working an audience but I would vote for Brown before that right wing thug and John Mcdonnell has about much chance as being PM as me - i.e. none. As John Denham is unlikely to stand that leaves a walkover for Brown for the leadership.
Luckily the Tories are tumbling in the opinion polls and Cameron at the Tory Conference is even managing to send the hand-picked people in the stage backdrop to sleep.
The fact the Tories are pretending to be for social justice and the minimum wage, etc just shows how much Tony has achieved. This country is now social democrat, the people don't want the Tories back.