Saturday 20 January 2018

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

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

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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