Sunday, September 19, 2004
Sunday morning at a Federal Conference is always strange. People are still arriving, stands in the exhibition area are still being set up whilst last minute tests are carried out in the main hall prior to the start of business at 2.15pm. The media will of course be looking for headlines in Monday's papers so the Conference Committee has arranged an exciting, action packed three hours, 45 minutes discussing party business, sport, tourism and personal debt. This means that journalists will be forced to cast around amongst the fringe meetings, bars and stands for the sort of controversy that they need. Either that or they will make it up as usual. Who says that the Liberal Democrats stage manage their Conference? If we did then we would certainly have found something to occupy the hacks other than gossip.