This time last year at the Labour party conference, the hall was pregnant with optimism; joy was in the air. The music rammed, the people cheered, the show of unity had never been any weaker. It was the day before that the Sun decided to declare its war against Labour. Conference was no more in it argue but to show how much they cherish the then leader, Gordon Brown. The rapturous applause that over took each minute throughout was just ear-splitting.
Fast forward one year to now, and the mood has not changed a lot. We are here all seated waiting… but there’s a different. A difference that is only understandable when you compare the mood and context that surround the two different times; last year conference and this year.
In 2009, it was all about a leader we know, a leader that have seen in his different ability, a leader that we know his weakness as well as his strength. Hence when the attack was happening, the party was more focused on defending their home-front than anything else.
In 2010, it is entirely different. It is about a leader we are yet to know in full. It is about a leader to invest hope in. It is about a leader with no established national enemies yet. Ed Miliband is a new leader for a new chapter.
Considering the above, it is clear why the joys and cheers are completely different in this conference. The cheer now is about a new hope, a new fight, a preparedness to stand up for the poor. That is what it is now.
Will that joy be spread out. Would it be shared?
This noon, Ed Miliband will set out a structure to achieving all that.