Comes the hour, comes the man (or woman)
Communicating during a crisis is never easy. Managing the balance between empathising with loss, creating a shared identity and establishing strong leadership to allow people to move forwards is a challenge. The most memorable speeches acknowledge the darkness of the times whilst identifying the qualities which will allow a people to move on (The classic example of this must be Churchill's speech made after the Dunkirk evacuation, a stirring use of rhetoric; "We shall fight them on the beaches.... we will never, never surrender.") Ms Bligh gave an incredibly moving speech which spoke directly to Queenslanders and seems to have encapsulated the incredible fortitude of these incredible people.
My thoughts are with the people of Queensland as they try to make sense of the events of the last week and with Premier Bligh as works tirelessly to put her state back together again.
The Sydney Morning Herald's coverage
The speech in full. I would recommend listening rather than watching so you can focus on the words alone
Winston Churchill's speech in full
More about Anna Bligh and a link to donate directly to the Queensland Flood Appeal