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Clare Short

The conscience of the Blair cabinet is a leading exponent of globalisation with a human face. The leftist republican has become a benign imperialist. Just don't criticise her policy on Rwanda

By Richard Dowden   May 2002

Something peculiar is happening. The final victory of capitalism in the late 1980s should have meant the political death of Clare Short and those like her on the British left. Her blunt talk in flat Brummie tones represented the honest worker, exploited and crushed by the moneyed classes. In a parallel universe, she might have become minister for class war and local co-operatives in a government led by Dennis Skinner, but in this world she seemed more likely to end up in noisy, largely irrelevant opposition.

Instead, we are both sitting in an executive jet belonging to the Queen’s Flight…

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