The Corner

Ken Clarke

Kenneth Clarke, a former Chancellor of the Exchequer, and, he claims, a supporter of the Conservative Party, has now weighed in on the debate over the EU’s ‘constitution’. He’s opposed to a referendum and annoyed with the newspapers that have had the effrontery to suggest that the UK should have one. “The trouble, ” he whines, “with British politicians is that they are too frightened of the newspapers.” The trouble, it seems, with Ken Clarke is that he is not frightened enough of British voters. He suspects that, given the chance, they would vote down Diamond Giscard’s constitution, and so he doesn’t want them to have that chance – and he’s prepared to tell them so.

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