Where does this bizarre reputation of Charles Clarke as a "liberal" come from? How can a home secretary that introduces ID cards, tries to push through 90-day detention without trial, and shepherds the rest of the New Labour litany of horrors, be described as liberal?
"The prime minister of the day must appoint ministers whom he or she trusts and then leave them to carry out the policy. When differences of view emerge, as they are bound to do from time to time, they should be resolved privately and, whenever appropriate, collectively." —Nigel Lawson in 1990