Why on earth is Jeremy Heywood trawling the Civil Service for a good speechwriter? I doubt there's a single Civil Servant who can write decent political prose. It's rather like looking for gold in a coal mine.
If you want a good speechwriter, look no further than Phil Collins, Blair's man with the golden pen. See the wonders that he did in a brilliant speech he wrote with James Purnell last week. Blair's final conference speech is one of the best political speeches I can remember in recent years if not the best.
Yes, I know he stuck the boot in a few times in a recent article in Prospect. But if Labour is still a Government of all the talents, then Phil is the guy. Carter, get Collins.