I see there is an awful lot of fuss about the return of Ken Clarke to the Shadow Cabinet this morning. No doubt there will be plenty of frothing by commenters on Conservative Home about it. Personally speaking it seems to me to be a perfectly sensible thing to do.
At a time when the Tories main line of attack economically on Brown is about his failures that helped make the credit crunch worse then why not have the man that kickstarted Brown's boom on the frontbench?After all. we often hear talk of the golden legacy that was left to Brown in 1997, perhaps it's time to have comment from one of those responsible in a position a bit more important than 'fat cigar smoking chap on the end'?
Of course, the danger will be if Clarke goes off-piste on Europe, something the Labour Party would love him to do. I fully expect to see Peter Mandelson to challenge Clarke to agree with something EU related in the hope for a split.
P.S. I see the bank bail-out last year was a roaring success.