The day the manifesto was launched. You might think this is all a bit obvious because I'm hardly likely to have a pop at my own party's manfisto, or you might think this makes me a political geek, but I am really excited by it.
I not wild about the title, nor its publishing in hardback, but the political content could be the most radical approach to government we have seen in a very long time. The solutions to the problems that this country faces are unlikely to come from a government pronouncement, diktat or regulation. They come from local people - like you and me - taking action and having the power to change things. Yes the government is there for advice and as en enabler; so those who say these plans leave people adrift are wrong.
For those of us who joined the party because we believe in liberty, freedom, small government, low taxes, responsive and excellent public services this ticks all the boxes. It is relentlessly positive; a real contrast with Labour.
Many people nowdays, when confronted with an issue, ask - what is the government doing about this, what action is the council taking, where's the EU when you need them? Depending on this issue, this might not be the way to solve your problems.
So what can do under the Conservative manifesto plans?
It’s an invitation to...
· be your own boss
· sack your MP
· run your own school
· own your own home
· veto council tax rises
· vote for your police
· save your local pub or post office.
Our manifesto sets out our plans to change Britain:
· Our school reform plan will raise standards and improve discipline.
· Our welfare reform plan will make sure that everyone who can work does work.
· Strong families are the bedrock of a strong society, so we are setting out plans to help make Britain the most family-friendly country in Europe.
· We will cut government waste to stop Labour’s jobs tax, which will kill the recovery.
· It reaffirms our support for the NHS.
· It includes the boldest and most ambitious set of green measures ever put before the electorate by a mainstream party.
Ever wanted to do something about the problems in this country? You can - you, your neighbours, society as a whole and with the government backing you all the way.
This manifesto has given me real fire in my belly about the party. I haven't felt this way about a political idea, perhaps ever. Roll on the candidate debates, roll on the election.