Our fourth ‘picks’. Already picked are our Backbenchers, Frontbenchers and Moments of 2008.

Picture_7Jonathan Isaby’s pick: "The speech of the year for me was given by a man whose gift for rhetoric, comic timing and ability to command the attention of the House of Commons are all legendary. I refer, of course, to William Hague, the shadow foreign secretary, and in particular, to his brilliant Despatch Box performance during the Second Reading debate of the Bill to approve the Lisbon Treaty back in January. Particularly memorable was the passage in which he imagined the reaction of Gordon Brown to Tony Blair becoming EU President. Relive it here."

Picture_8 Tim Montgomerie’s pick: "David Cameron’s speech to the Birmingham Conference was his best since becoming leader of the Conservative Party.  It didn’t contain big policy announcements but it offered a sweeping statement of his conservatism.  At its heart was compassionate conservatism and a beautiful passage about the true causes of crime.  I was particularly glad that he defined himself as a conservative rather than a libertarian: "Freedom can too easily turn into the idea that we all have the right to do whatever we want, regardless of the effect on others. That is libertarian, not Conservative – and it is certainly not me." After hearing the speech The Sun declared David Cameron ready to be Prime Minister."

What was your speech of 2008?

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