A blog by Luke Akehurst about politics, elections, and the Labour Party - With subtitles for the Hard of Left. Just for the record: all the views expressed here are entirely personal and do not necessarily represent the positions of any organisations I am a member of.

Friday, February 15, 2008

Too old to be a child star, Too young to take leads

Really Charles Clarke's outbursts are getting more and more self-deluding and embarrassing for both him and the Party.

It isn't his age that disqualifies Charles from being a future leader of the Labour Party, it's the lack of judgement exhibited in his interventions, and his record of non-delivery at the Home Office.

A shame, because he is a highly intelligent guy with good politics. He needs to find a role, but the interviews he has periodically given don't help him or Labour.


Anonymous Shackers said...

Didn't Charles Clarke start out in politics as a Hackney Councillor?
I believe he was head of the housing committee between 1980 and 1986. Whilst in that position he managed to get himself himself a Hackney Council owned Street Property that of course he now owns.

Horrible Man

8:55 am, February 15, 2008

Blogger Luke Akehurst said...

Yes he was a Hackney cllr - for the same ward as I'm in now.

I have no idea if the story you cite is true.

8:57 am, February 15, 2008

Anonymous retired blogger said...

Perhaps he's trying to beat Ted Heath's record for the longest political sulk in history...

9:46 am, February 15, 2008

Anonymous Rich said...

Or maybe Labour is really that poor that he has every right to moan.

10:19 am, February 15, 2008

Blogger E10 Rifle said...

Clarke's a horrible bully with awful politics, IMO, though Luke I do applaud your use of long-forgotten Morrissey album-track lyrics in headlines and hope this is the start of a trend

1:20 pm, February 15, 2008

OpenID rupahuq said...

Hey Luke, the link doesn't seem to work. I can guess what he said mind you... I thought he started political life as an NUS though.

1:10 pm, February 16, 2008

Blogger Luke Akehurst said...

Link should work now. You can find the Standard story I was trying to link to by searching for Charles Clarke in google news. He was NUS President on a Broad Left ticket (i.e. Communist not Labour Students) then later a Labour cllr in Hackney.

4:42 pm, February 16, 2008

OpenID thisisstokenewington said...

any comment re the continuing "non delivery" at the Home Office?

Didn't think so.

11:39 am, February 17, 2008

Anonymous Shackers said...

Charles Clarke actually speaks Cuban Spanish harking back to his days spent on communist holidays in Cuba rooming with his best chum Mandy

9:14 am, February 18, 2008


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