Damn those spots are hard to get off. Just before I left work last night, I got an urgent call from the Socialist Party - they needed a speaker urgently to attend this debate (they hadn't, it seems opened my letter yet). Anyway, I was told the American ambassador was a participant, and so my ego, not to mention a little guilt, demanded that I go for a swansong. As it turned out, it was just a UCL alumnus who works as a lawyer for the US dept. of Justice.
Anyway, a critique by a party member in the audience can be found here suffice to say, we won - although many of the speakers on our side were toe curlingly awful.
I can see how professional politicos can get addicted to that sort of cut and thrust debate (especially if you've missed dinner to be there and you're drinking win on an empty stomach).
Now, about those spots...