To be attached to the subdivision, to love the little platoon we belong to in society, is the first principle (the germ as it were) of public affections. It is the first link in the series by which we proceed toward a love to our country and to mankind. The interest of that portion of social arrangement is a trust in the hands of all those who compose it; and as none but bad men would justify it in abuse, none but traitors would barter it away for their own personal advantage.Nick Robinson introduced the leading piece on the BBC 6 o'clock news with a decent enough report of the speech; Labour will no doubt respond with tractor stats, really not understanding that no-one, absolutely no-one, believes a thing they say any more.
Yes, I could pick holes here and there, but overall a creditable performance. Job done.
A transcript of the speech can be found at Politicshome