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Opinion: A Diminished Clarke – a picture of electoral calculation and desperation

What Ken Clarke has been sent out to do (FT.com – requires registration) – and has been willing to do – diminishes him. It can hardly diminish his party.

Ken Clarke is a fervent European but he has been willing to return to the frontline of Tory politics. No doubt he believes he has done a deal…and he has calculated that he can hold back the forces of Euro-scepticism in the Tory party. The gag he is now prepared to wear, on European matters, is a measure of how unsound his judgement has become.

He has a point when he complains …

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  • User AvatarAndrew Colman 25th Oct - 4:06pm
    Agree with the suggestion. The In/Out issue should be resolved ASAP to remove economic uncertainty. The tory promise of a 2017 is blatant electioneering to...
  • User AvatarAndrew Colman 25th Oct - 3:43pm
    £120 billion figure comes from http://www.taxresearch.org.uk/Blog/2010/06/28/if-the-hmrc-tax-gap-data-was-right-why-did-george-osborne-so-obviously-contradict-it-in-his-budget-speech/ and http://www.theguardian.com/news/datablog/2013/sep/27/tax-evasion-how-much-does-it-cost-a-country says $100 is lost to the black economy. I accept its an estimate with a large error...
  • User Avatarsimon 25th Oct - 3:33pm
    Very nice. People criticise Nick for saying whatever he thinks it might take to garner votes, and for being not always being the most principled...
  • User Avatarpaul barker 25th Oct - 3:12pm
    The big problem is not how we do when we stand but that we dont stand at all in so many places. We have plenty...
  • User AvatarHelen Tedcastle 25th Oct - 2:52pm
    Matthew Huntbach, ‘ What have all these protestors actually achieved in terms of building a political alternative that wins votes? Nothing.’ I don't know whether...
  • User AvatarEddie Sammon 25th Oct - 2:16pm
    Andrew, so your answer to economic prosperity is to introduce a farmers tax? The LVT. £120 billion of tax avoidance? Well, this figure isn't true....