Tim Blair


New Criterion



Monday, June 07, 2004
CONTINUING THE THEME of shocking performances, it was sad to see John Howard blow his opportunity on the Normandy stage.

On tonight's national TV news we were shown another of Howard's deadly dull performances. Howard insists on believing he is good at extempore speech-making.

In fact he is a consistently good Parliamentary performer. But on formal occasions like Howard's Normandy speech, no-one, not Churchill, not even Abraham Lincoln, can rely on the cliches that recollection provides.

Howard did not even bother to write his speech in advance. He droned. What a wasted opportunity.

Can no-one advise the man?