I felt some of that same excitement as I listened to Nick’s speech on Sunday.
His explanation of why he loves our country was one of the finest expositions of what it is to be British (or UKish as I insist on saying, to include Northern Ireland and our islands) that I have ever heard.
In a few words he precisely captured the quirky, passionate, tolerant, liberal spirit of our islands.
Seizing a chance opportunity, I buttonholed Nick at York station afterwards and congratulated him on his speech, saying I was “moist eyed” during it.
* Paul Walter is a Liberal Democrat activist. He is a councillor and one of the Liberal Democrat Voice team. He blogs at Liberal Burblings.