Don't get me wrong, I don't think there is a split between Ken Clarke and the rest of the Tory party on tax, but it was only a matter of time before the accusations from Labour started. And unfortunately this is only Labour's opening salvo before they really ramp up their Tory split campaign at the Euro elections. Bringing Clarke back had split written all over it - Brown and Mandelson probably couldn't believe their luck.
Cameron has made a massive error of judgement bringing Clarke back. He has underestimated Clarke's love of speaking his mind, and he has underestimated how low Brown and Mandelson will stoop. It doesn't matter if the split is real, Brown will use the word split in the next six months as much as he has used global in the last six months. Brown thinks that some people are stupid enough to believe anything if you say it enough, and unfortunately he is right.
I was exceedingly angry to hear that Clarke was coming back. I knew, and Cameron should have known that the only thing that could possibly give Labour a chance of winning the next election would be a divided Conservative party. Sadly we are stuck with Clarke now because getting rid of him will only fuel the Tory split stories. I have a very bad feeling about the future of the party. Big beast Clarke may be, but he is also a man with a big mouth and an even bigger ego.