To fill that vast, half-finished building takes some doing - so Hague's done well. He'll presumably have to tone down his normal stand-up comedy routine. ("Have you lived here all your life?, I asked this voter. 'Not yet' he replied"). But perhaps the mark of these speeches is to make a huge howler - à la Tony Blair. "Since leaving office, I have understood better a phenomenon I understood only partially as Prime Minister," declared our ex-PM in his speech. "China has gone from a standing start to arguably the most powerful nation on the continent of Africa." A-ha! China is actually in Africa, despite what that dastardly Foreign Office says! I wonder what other revelations have struck Blair since leaving office. Iain Dale thought that was a typo and he actually said "influence". Nope, the plonker actually read the script - watch him on the Cardinal's video at 20 mins 6 seconds in.