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In fact, Clark would hold office until - at employment, trade and defence, intses Sex Guarda russo he wrote amusingly about thoughts on the mortality of his superior, Tom King. King was involved in a minor car crash and slightly injured. Such indulgence, in what Clark himself would have called "the farouche", was part of a wider contempt for political correctness before the phrase was invented.
Not many people can say, as he did inthat Ugandan Asians should be told, "You cannot come here because you are not white", and live. But Clark, who also objected to a ban on intses Sex Guarda russo National Front march as the "insatiable hunger of the extreme left", not only lived, but was widely liked, and with the publication of the most candid diaries since Creevey, became something of a national treasure. For a man of 67, who had left parliament at short notice four years earlier, to win the plum seat of Kensington intses Sex Guarda russo Chelsea in is pretty eloquent.
But then Clark himself was eloquent - literate, astringent and insolent. His manner, languorous and throwaway, and his accent, ostentatious old upper-class, both suggested a gent chippily entertained by the resentful rest intses Sex Guarda russo us. With Clark residing in what was once delightfully described as "the 14th-century Norman Saltwood Castle", and given to musing about long bonds, there was plenty to resent.
What's the point? The Aubuisson can really take no more punishment. Clark, who served briefly in the Household Cavalry Training Regiment as a teenager, and in the Royal Auxilary Air Force in the early s, was called to the Bar in For despite an education at Eton intses Sex Guarda russo Christ Church, Oxford, he was new money.
His father might be Sir Kenneth of Civilisation, who knew the last thing about Mantegna and instructed us on such subjects for BBC television, but the ancestors were trade - Paisley cotton-thread spinners, upon whose factories the whole beautiful edifice rested.
He came to the Commons first in the February election ofas MP intses Sex Guarda russo Plymouth Sutton, and remained there intses Sex Guarda russo that short-notice resignation in He had come to politics after writing history of distinction. But the paradox of Clark's scholarship, and also the paradox of his political life, was contained in his first book, The Donkeysa savage assault on the British military caste intses Sex Guarda russo the first world war, the "red-faced majors at the base".
Orthodox military historians hated it. What A Lovely War, a smash hit, leftwing, anti-war pierrot show with death and military stupidity in the intses Sex Guarda russo roles, a musical in which blind, gassed men, their hands on each other's shoulders, paraded round the stage to a melancholy music-hall tune.
But Clark, multi-millionaire, lordly Tory, mindful of racial distinction, who gloried in being rich and clever, was not flattered by Littlewood's adaptation. In him, English nationalism of the sort which dislikes Europe and the United States in roughly equal proportions, combined with serious feeling for the poor bloody infantry, military and civil.
Calling Clark rightwing is to beg questions. He disliked spotty working-class youths, and yet had a sincere impulse for poor people, and rather liked bloody-minded leftwingers.
His regard for Margaret Thatcher had nothing to do with her Manchester school economics, still less her lurking dislike of workers. She was asserting the country, fighting in the Falklands, being gutsy in ways startling but agreeable to a intses Sex Guarda russo non-feminist. She also offended prim liberals, and, as Clark cheerfully told diary and friends, had given him one intses Sex Guarda russo and might give him another. But the devotion didn't entirely stick.
He came to see Thatcher as a class warrior with a stack of resentment, petty bourgeois in fact. Money and intelligence gave Clark a freedom denied even to the very gifted, aspiring politician, never mind the common toad of the committee corridor. He ached to be a cabinet minister for the vanity and panache of it, and to kick all sorts of bottoms. But nothing would make him trim, amend, dilute, tack or muffle the glorious intses Sex Guarda russo with which he actually enjoyed politics.
As minister of state at defence, his greatest contempt was for military politicians. He once ran intses Sex Guarda russo the prerequisites - school fees, allowances, cars, drivers and other moneysworths he thought a certain kind of briefcase soldier really cared about. The diary relates this about a naval high-up intses Sex Guarda russo on nuclear storage: "I got the little admiral round.
People tried not to tell me his name, just referred to him as IFS everyone, or thing, here is denoted by their acronym; all part of a conspiracy to befuddle incomers. I told him that nuclear power was essential to the security of this country in two fields and two only: warheads and maritime propulsion.
If we were to retain public support, or at least assent, for these, we must lean over backwards in assuaging their environmental concerns. He bounced about in his chair crossly; conveyed he thought I was half red-spy, intses Sex Guarda russo do-gooder academic. Card marked. Another notion of the quality - and the perverseness - comes with "I might give up drink for Intses Sex Guarda russo.
A good start in Arabia next week, as I always enjoy refusing an ambassador, they're so loathsomely arch when they produce the whisky bottle. Ho-ho', and the orange juice at intses Sex Guarda russo meetings is the best in the world. It is for that diary that Clark will be remembered.
Published in - the year after his first resignation from the Commons, allegedly to make way at Plymouth Sutton for a non-appearing David Owen - they were the political equivalent of posthumous memoirs. Another unexpurgated volume, "Jane's pension fund", as he called it, exists in glorious expectation. Of Evelyn King, who served both parties as an MP, Clark wrote: "A nasty old buffer, who in former times had been a member of the Labour party and a headmaster it always shows ".
Or in Sarajevo in ; revisiting the location of the assassination by the Serbian nationalist Gavril Princip of Franz Ferdinand inand on that certain street corner: "This is where 'the old coachman', gaga Czech chauffeur, had taken a wrong turning or did he do it on purpose? Tiresome, ego, mare-eyed, consumptive-looking. In there was a rumour of resignation by the hated Michael Heseltine. But Michael always has this slightly scatty side. It is the only even half-endearing trait he possesses.
Clark was a romantic - hence the nationalism. There was always an anterior glance towards an age more golden or better gilded - just read his account of the memorial service for Harold Macmillan and its invocation of antique soldiery. He was a free spirit, yet he could be gratuitously spiteful. The freedom included plenty of role-playing and attitude-striking. He was a genuinely loving husband to Jane, with whom he had eloped, yet sexually he hovered between clipboard operator and bore.
The race and class remarks could bring out the snivelling lower-middle class intses Sex Guarda russo most of us. But he was different, and the diaries, for all the media concentration on sex, are intses Sex Guarda russo politics as it is - chummy, acquisitive, antagonistic, funny, full of not quite consummated hatreds and swings of mood. And their author, in his damn-you-all way, was not a representative minister of intses Sex Guarda russo.
Nigel Fountain writes: Alan Clark's was a career replete with ironies. His last political hurrah was his extolling of Christian Serbia and his denuciation of the west's intervention in Kosovo as a campaign devoid of clear objectives, clumsy, wasteful and shambolic. The same might have been said of an issue about which he was most enthusiastic - the hard-nosed, commercial virtue of arms exports; he inadvertently triggered a raging reaction which provides the fuel for discussion of "moral" foreign policy.
His actions as minister of state for defence in promoting sales to Iraq, his replies under cross-examination at the subsequent Matrix Churchill trial - which the Major government blamed for the case's collapse - and his ensuing observations at the Scott Inquiry into the affair displayed refreshing candour, or amazing gall.
The idea of the trial of the three Matrix Churchill directors had been "ridiculous"; he had not known what they were being charged with when he signed his prosecution witness statement; and, as for the term "general engineering", intses Sex Guarda russo to describe machine tools destined for Iraq to make weapons, well, "I had to indulge in a fiction, and invite them the government to participate in a fiction.
A memory of Alan Clark, who has died aged 71, is of a lean figure standing just below the government side gangway in the Commons, legs apart, arms folded, head tilted back, asking a question - so very often a question disagreeable to his party, the Conservatives.
And untiland appointment to a junior post in employment, Clark was seen as pure backbencher - eccentric, clever, no doubt, but not imaginable in office. He was rude, outrageous, on certain issues very rightwing. Even under Margaret Thatcher he would surely be one of those weird intses Sex Guarda russo, loyal to her but offensive to good taste, like the Quasimodoish intriguer, Intses Sex Guarda russo Gardiner.
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