The popularity of Sarah Palin showed the animosity towards the political establishment in the US, and that same reaction was also present in the UK, said Secretary of State Hazel Blears at a Fabian fringe on the working class vote in Manchester.
"There's a huge amount of anti politics around."
The Sarah Palin effect shows that the public like a maverick they like people who are not part of the "in crowd", says Hazel.
Is that spirit going to show its face in Manchester? Without doubt.
That reflection on the US presidential election saga continued when one delegate yelled out: "if you put lipstick on a low paid job, it's still a low paid job."