As the football commentators might put it, it was a week of two speeches. I’m not generally one of those people who believe that a political speech is an actual event in the world: it’s only somebody talking, after all. A political leader can say pretty much anything, and however moving or courageous it sounds, the saying of it does not change the furniture of the universe. As W H Auden wrote, “poetry makes nothing happen”. But the two contributions last week were unusually significant, not just in terms of political rhetoric, but as real historical moves on the field of play.