The chancellor, Philip Hammond, hands a cough sweet to Theresa May. Photograph: Phil Noble/Reuters Boris Johnson had to be told to stand up
To cover the fact that May was faltering in her delivery, the audience rose to give her a standing ovation. They didnt all rise as one, however, and the home secretary, Amber Rudd, appeared to tell the foreign secretary,
Boris Johnson, that he needed to stand. He did as he was told.
Does Amber Rudd tell Boris Johnson to stand up for the PM? video The communist-loving bracelet
There was some question over Mays choice of jewellery for a speech in which she was keen to criticise the politics of Jeremy Corbyn a bracelet depicting self-portraits by the Mexican artist
Maybe this was part of a bold new plan to try to attract the Corbynista youth vote.
Then the backdrop began to collapse
As if a sign that her political world was collapsing around her, near the end of her speech, the letters began to fall off the backdrop behind her. First the F from for, then the final E from everyone.
Letter F falls off slogan behind Theresa May at Tory conference video
Still, as many on social media were keen to point out, with the word country part of the backdrop, May possibly got off lightly.
All in all, if youd written it as an episode of political satire, youd have probably dismissed it as too much.
Social media users compared the performance to disastrous TV shows and conference speeches of the past.
People were puzzled by Mays repeated mentions of the British dream
At several points in the speech, the prime minister referred tothe British dream as if it was as well understood a concept as the idea of the American dream. On Twitter, that didnt seem to be the case:
The audience reaction at times was painful to watch