But he changed pace quickly. "What's the similarity between some butchers (no names, of course) and a karate expert?" he ventured. "They can both kill you with one chop."
Last in a heavy day of speeches was Sam Galbraith, the Health and Children's Minister, who sidled up to the podium a shade after four o'clock.
Stating the obvious, he observed, "I'm the last speaker." More unexpectedly, he added: "So after me, you can bugger off."