Tuesday 17 January 2017

Ruth Dudley Edwards: Short was hardcore in dishing the dirt

Her evidence to the Chilcot inquiry was brave, but Clare is still trying to justify herself, writes Ruth Dudley Edwards

Published 07/02/2010 | 05:00

'What did you think of Clare Short's evidence to the Iraq inquiry?" asked a friend the other night. "Hardcore, wasn't it?"

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Even Tony Blair's spinmeister Alastair Campbell, once famously a porn writer and now, as a novelist, in with a chance of the literary Bad Sex Award ("I gripped the expensive fabric of her green dress in my two hands and I tore it. With a shimmer, the silk fell away to her waist. . ."), couldn't better that description.

Short was graphic and explicit and -- if you're taking the more polite definition of 'hardcore' -- also intractable, immovable and intransigent.

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