Well, did Cameron do it?
It wasn't a classic and was pretty low key from a leader who is potentially seven months away from power. It didn't hang together. There were no new ideas. The speech was a missed opportunity and in many respects was underwhelming.
There is something about this Tory conference that doesn't feel right. They maybe united around Cameron, but the impression left is that the party is nervous about the next seven months and, as yet, haven't “cut the mustard” with the electorate.
We should wait to see how the speech plays out. At the end of the conference season it would be a misjudgement to say that the the Tory party have it in the bag. Gambler George may have taken to bigger risk.