So, here I am in that big Liverpool.
My drive was as farcical as the DWP admin department. The M6 toll road was actually closed due to an accident and after not moving at all for an hour and a half, we were diverted through Stoke and other "Northern Places" to the old M6. It took me 7 1/2 HOURS to get to the Wirral and when I did, I was good for absolutely nothing.
Kaliya Franklin, (@BendyGirl) welfare-warrior-twin had taken her life into her own hands to cook me dinner and after a pleasant few hours with her lovely neighbour, a yummy meal and a glass or two of wine I began to think that I might just make it to a few Labour-y things at conference after all.
WARNING : For the next few days, this blog will almost certainly turn into a bit of a Labour zone.
Adventures nearly always happen - Did I ever tell you about the time I found myself walking along he seafront with David Miliband? He was still Foreign Secretary, and as he made his way to the Conference Hall to make his keynote speech he spoke to me about social media campaigning as the world's media walked backwards snapping a thousand flashbulbs in our eyes. Or the time I plonked exhausted into a chair to find I was sitting next to Peter Mandleson? You can imagine that I never waste such opportunities and hope there will be more this week.
Whoever I talk to, I will be urging them to reconsider ESA. I will be urging them to oppose Personal Independent Payments as a replacement for DLA. I will be urging them to speak a little louder and oppose a little more strongly.
However, I will also tell you who I think did a good job in their speeches - and who of course I felt didn't. An education report here, an NHS speech there - I'm sure many moments will inspire me to babble at you all.
I am Labour in my bones. It's in my DNA, runs through my family like the word "fairness" through a stick of rock. When I think they are wrong, I will say, but if I think they get it right, I will say that too.
I'll tell you what I think of Ed Miliband's speech and hopefully, this conference will be the start of a more coherent plan from Labour. Time is running out. We need a strong, confident opposition that stands up for fairness loudly, and with determination.
As the Welfare Reform Bill, the NHS bill and many others lurch gaspingly into the last stages of being made law (or should I say being forced into law?) we, the Labour party, the party that created the NHS and a compassionate welfare state must decide what we stand for and shout it from the rooftops.
Millions of people need us to.