Magazine article The Spectator

Clarke Backs the Nobs against the Knockers-I Diagnose Chancellor's Itch

Magazine article The Spectator

Clarke Backs the Nobs against the Knockers-I Diagnose Chancellor's Itch

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The governing party is now split between grandees and populists, or nobs and knockers. How bizarre to find Kenneth Clarke, beer-drinking man of the people, lining up with Lord Carrington and Willie Whitelaw. I blame the air tickets, myself. He is addicted to them. Pausing only to say that it would be pathetic if Europe launched a single currency while Britain dithered, he has flown straight off to join the British Commonwealth's finance ministers, gathered in Bermuda. From a long experience of these meetings I can say that what matters is the choice of venue Bermuda has style, St Lucia has charm, and I am sorry to have missed the Maldives. Nothing will, of course, be decided, but the Chancellor will make an easy hop to Washington, where he has business with the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund and groups of ministers whose numbers range from seven to 77. …

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