At 9.45 Charles Clarke, the son of my former Permanent Secretary, Otto Clarke, came to see me and we had a pleasant talk. He had just returned from Cuba, where he was British representative on the Preparatory Committee of the World Youth Congress.
He said Cuba was most impressive ... Fidel Castro was very much an authoritarian but a most impressive man ...
Clarke was critical of the British Labour Party, which he thought was inactive and without influence. When he applied to work in the International Department at Transport House, he hadn't even been shortlisted.
Wednesday, April 26, 2006
A glimpse of the young Charles Clarke
www.biogs.com quotes Tony Benn's diary for 23 November 1978: