>Well, Shona, that was an article that said a lot but didn't tell me what I wanted to know: why was Bill speaking in the UK, and--what on earth did he say that was so seductive? PM me maybe.
Bill speaks in the UK all the time. He gets paid big money, I think around £100,000 a speech, although he might have spoken to the Labour Party as a freebie, he was probably dropping his little girl off in Oxford, en route, anyway.
He was called in to prove to the Labour faithful that their leader, despite appearances, had not got into bed with George Dubya but was playing a clever game to help save the world and he was the best man for the challenge.
According to Simon Hoggart:
"They adored his hatred of the Tories. "I want you to know - the 'compassion' is the rhetoric, the 'conservatism' is the reality." He flattered them. He flattered Tony Blair. He flattered them for loving Tony Blair, and they didn't even care that they don't."http://politics.guardian.co.uk/labour2002/comment/0,12294,803475,00.html