Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Not Overly Enamoured

Another Blogger has managed to condense into a paragraph, what it took me a whole blog to say:
I absolutely despise Ken Clark. Not just, as you might suppose, because he is pro-Europe and is fundamentally un-Conservative, but because he is arrogant and self serving to the most damning extremes. He contributes the square root of jack shit over the last decade or so, loafing around selling tobacco and making piles of cash out of third world misery and then has the nerve to suggest that we have "kept him waiting". He genuinely believes that time has just stood still and that his experience of failure in the Nineties is just what everyone needs now. You epitomise everything that is wrong with the Tories these past ten years, Ken. Please go away forever and take all your aged, loser supporters with you.
Not a Fan.


At 12:19 pm, Blogger Blithering Bunny said...

My thoughts as well. I don't know who to vote for, but it'll be anyone but Clarke.

At 12:24 pm, Blogger de said...

Ken is openly arrogant and self serving - as opposed to being sly about it. He is a politician either way - so hardly a surprise.

And what is this "he sells tobacco" shit? Since when did Tories suddenly stop being capitalists?

Why is he to blame for IDS and Hague?

Does all this hate come about because he was one of the few who told Mrs Thatcher to step down?

If you don't like him because he's not anti Europe, fair enough. Or better still because he's not from the Flag, Family and Flogging wing. But the hypocrisy levels are definitely on the rise.

At 1:36 pm, Blogger Serf said...

In my estimation he is not a Conservative. His federast beliefs are the most obvious sign of this.

I couldn't care about his smoking & BAT jobpersonally, but I can't see the BBC laying off him over it.

At 1:48 pm, Blogger Richard Bailey said...

As the author of this paragraph, my principal point remains that he has made no contribution to the future of his party. Indeed he played a not inconsiderable role in creating its current predicament and he has been and remains, its greatest obstacle to recovery.

He is to blame for IDS and Hague because he stood, and in doing so created the need for negative voting. Only when we vote for our leader positively will we start to recover and move forward.

I have no truck with capitalism and selling things, but tobacco is the thin end of a very dubious wedge. It just has no popular or media appeal.

Sure politicians are arrogant and self serving, but most make a passable effort at smiling for the voters. Clark doesn't bother. He has no ideas, no enthusiasm, no loyalty and any honey moon period he might enjoy would be washed away in a tide the tide of contempt that will surely follow.

Vote Cameron.


At 2:52 pm, Blogger Wat Tyler said...

Richard...very sound...apart from the last bit

At 4:09 pm, Blogger de said...

I wasn't impressed that he tried to team up wth the Vulcan, but for him not to stand would have been surprising. I partly see where you are coming from, but if IDS is the solution, what the hell is the question etc.

Clarke is a typical insider - he has spent so much time on that side of the fence that he does smell a bit different. Ideas are perfect for new guys who don't realise the job is to react correctly to events. Conviction and outlook count for a lot more.

(I suspect Ken will probably be out the first round anyway, as DC is the surest way to stop Davis.)

At 7:32 pm, Blogger de said...

Looks like the cornerstone group and the 1922 are giving Fox their backing.

Davis and Ken getting squeezed out.

At 6:05 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You don't do this blog any favours by publishing crap like this SERF

At 4:55 pm, Blogger GaffaUK said...

lol - so Richard - the reason for Hague and IDS dismal lack of success is because Ken Clarke had the temerity to stand as leader!

The mess the Tories have got themselves into is of their own making - particularly those in the shadow cabinet. Clarke was one of the few to oppose the open goal of Iraq.


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