When Tony Blair addressed the 1996 Labour conference he knew he was on the verge of a big victory. By contrast, Ed Miliband arrives in Manchester with the nation facing a constitutional crisis and hatred of Westminster running high.
The former Prime Minister warns that the only way to tackle Islamic State could be on the ground.
In 2005, the Mayor argued that the right to a fair trial "must remain an inalienable principle of our law".
The two men remain at odds over the financial crisis, but there is a meeting of minds over the EU.
He has broken unambiguously with the open borders stance adopted by the former PM.
"The threat of this radical Islam is not abating. It is growing. It is spreading across the world."
The Labour Party may yet have an opportunity to achieve the right balance between the two Tonys.
There was never a pure, unsullied left, seduced and corrupted by a power-hungry right.
The former PM, who has praised Miliband's party reforms, has had talks with Labour figures about giving money.