Thursday, 8 January 2009

Ken Clarke: four out of five isn't bad

The 'Diary' in tonight's Standard tries to add to the whispering campaign against Ken Clarke:

Ken’s opponents point out that he is in favour of the Euro, rebelled against Tory whips to support the Lisbon Treaty, is a cigar-smoking deputy chairman of British American Tobacco, was a junior member of Ted Heath’s government, and will be 70 in July next year.

"Any of these things should disqualify him from the front bench," says a Tory MP
Right. In favour of the Euro? Prat. Rebels against Tory whips? Excellent. Cigar smoking board member of BAT? Brill. Is an experienced minister? Superb. Will be 70 this year? Why not? Isn't 70 the new 50?

Four out of five ain't bad, as they say.

And to that tight-arsed prissy little dung-eater of an unnamed 'Tory MP' - grow up, you repulsive little toad.

I for one would be more than happy for Ken to join the front bench. But I'd also offer to take him to a discreet 'shabeen' jazz venue I know where the sounds are sweet and low and the audience smokes its head off. To talk some sense into him about the Euro thing, you understand.


Blue Eyes said...

He can want to join the Euro as much as he likes - it ain't gonna happen.

Anonymous said...

Clarke is probably the best leader the Tories never had. It's a shame that he's so committed to his European fantasies.

TheFatBigot said...

I've never understood why Mr Clarke is so devoted to the EU. It can't be on economic grounds because his phenomenal success as Chancellor was rooted on keeping our economy isolated from European malign influences as much as possible.

There is certainly a need for Mr Cameron to bring some meat into his team. Ken Clarke is the ideal candidate for a big beast post, be it the Exchequer or Trade, because he is remembered as the Chancellor who got the country back on track. The current Opposition team is even more anonymous than the current cabinet.

John Page said...

Agree completely with 'Anonymous'.

Could The Standard's source be a friend of Alan Duncan?