The Telegraph are hinting that David Cameron may be ready to bring Ken Clarke back to the Tory front bench. I've said elsewhere that I would not renew my party membership if this happens. Also, blogging can be hard work when you are in full time employment and Ken Clarke on the front bench would give me another reason to pack it all in.
Why do I dislike Clarke so much? The answer is simple - the EU. The man is an out and out Europhile. I will never forgive him for standing up in the House of Commons to argue for the ratification of the Lisbon Treaty. Clarke's EU stance would split the party and kill any chance of a Tory victory in the next General Election. Every Wednesday at noon, Gordon Brown will stand up in the house and say "Tory Split" - and he will be right. No matter how great our policies may be on health, education, crime, social justice, the economy etc... we will never win a General Election against the Labour spin machine if we have a split party.
Besides the EU, Clarke shows that he is a dinosaur at odds with the modern party, to a greater extent, as each year passes. The following shows just how out of touch with the party he has become:
Ken Clarke's voting record:
1 May 1997 to 14 May 2001, 5 votes out of 543, 0.9%
7 Jun 2001 to 11 Apr 2005, 26 votes out of 610 4.3%
5 May 2005 to date, 44 votes out of 497, 8.9%
Do you see a pattern emerging?
In almost one in ten votes, he votes against the party. Split anyone?
Ken Clarke may attract some people into the Conservative camp, BUT his appointment to the front bench will see many more leave.