"Clarke doesn’t just come across as thick-skinned; he is resolutely unreflective"by Alex Dean / November 16, 2016 / Leave a comment
Published in December 2016 issue of Prospect Magazine
Ken Clarke became an MP when David Cameron was three years old. Having occupied a ringside seat in high-power Conservative politics for five decades since then, holding a host of Cabinet positions, Clarke has seen it all. The former Chancellor runs us through his life in his memoir Kind of Blue (an allusion to both his political stripe and his love of jazz, especially Miles Davis).
There are some good anecdotes. Clarke describes the eccentric Quintin Hogg, while Lord Chancellor, sitting with a small dog on his lap during Cabinet committee meetings. There is also some good myth-busting. The MP for Rushcliffe had his share of disagreements with Margaret Thatcher, whom he served in various front bench roles, but argues she was more of a consensus politician than is widely assumed. In the face of good arguments, he says, she changed her mind.