Gordon brown has promised more substance and less presentation if he becomes Labour Leader, and surely the autocue problems today highlight this clearer than he could have hoped.
Despite the fact that it was a clear cock-up, was it altogether that bad ? After all, his speech was actually quite good, he spoke with passion and feeling, in a way I have not heard him speak before. I actually felt that a lot of time and effort (probably 13 years of time and effort since Blair became leader) had gone in to it and yes, although the autocue thing might have been a problem, it did say to me that it was the least of his worries.
You just know that Blair's team would have been fretting over the autocue, camera positions and press in a way that Gordon Brown's people wouldn't.
So I don't think it was all that bad, and in many ways, I actually see it as a positive sign.