MEDIA: WHAT THE PAPERS SAY; Clarke enjoys renewed straight talking image

A number of pitfalls await Chancellor Kenneth Clarke over the next few months as the country heads towards the election but at least, after the Tory party conference, looking for another job won’t be one. In a departure from his previous lacklustre speeches, this year’s performance was variously described as ‘barnstorming’, ‘uncompromising’ and ‘commanding’ although he gave no promise to cut taxes and stood by the single European currency.

A number of pitfalls await Chancellor Kenneth Clarke over the next few

months as the country heads towards the election but at least, after the

Tory party conference, looking for another job won’t be one. In a

departure from his previous lacklustre speeches, this year’s performance

was variously described as ‘barnstorming’, ‘uncompromising’ and

‘commanding’ although he gave no promise to cut taxes and stood by the

single European currency.



Before the event the Times foresaw that ‘the Chancellor will be crying

into his beer’ while the Guardian predicted ‘the party organisers will

have to work hard to ensure he gets a standing ovation’.



In the event, the man ‘most feared by Labour’ (Mail on Sunday) provided

the ‘pivotal point of the conference’ (the Observer) and was the Sunday

Telegraph’s top performer with ten out of ten. Support wasn’t unanimous;

the Daily Mail rated him bottom of the speaker league, while Andrew Neil

in the Sunday Times predicted a short-lived truce.



Evaluation and analysis by Carma International. Cuttings supplied by The

Broadcast Monitoring Company. ‘What The Papers Say’ can also be found

at: http//www.carma.com/carma



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