“If I thought this country had gone to the dogs … I’d be in the House of Lords already.”
Ken Clarke is one of the longest-serving government MPs. He was a whip as far back as the early 1970s under Edward Heath, was a minister throughout Margaret Thatcher and John Major’s eighteen years, reaching two of the Great Offices of State as Home Secretary and Chancellor of the Exchequer, and is back in government again as the Justice Secretary and Lord Chancellor.
He gave a lecture, ostensibly on the Great Offices of State, in the Speaker’s Apartment but it ranges on a wide variety of aspects of parliamentary and governmental life since 1970. It’s well worth a watch, but it’s only available on BBC iPlayer until the 4th of February.