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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 AvatarGordon 28th Nov - 10:59am
    Geoff - I am slightly bemused by your reply to my earlier comment because I was agreeing with the underlying point of your opening paragraph...
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    @ Betty "I guessed my life was miserable enough for legal aid. I guessed wrong". Those of us who opposed the Coalition well remember a...
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    If Jane was so fantastic, why did Greg Mulholland have to stand in for her on Newsnight?
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    Geoff - thanks. i have read your answer several times and am afraid i have no idea what it means.
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    @Denis Mollison "just how far back in history do you want to go?" Since I was answering AC's specific point about what he calls the...
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