Alan Clark

  • English politician
  • Born April 13, 1928
  • Died September 5, 1999

Alan Kenneth Mackenzie Clark (13 April 1928 – 5 September 1999) was a British Conservative Member of Parliament (MP), author and diarist. He served as a junior minister in Margaret Thatcher's governments at the Departments of Employment, Trade and Defence. He became a member of the Privy Council of the United Kingdom in 1991. He was the author of several books of military history, including his controversial work The Donkeys (1961), which inspired the musical satire Oh, What a Lovely War! Clark became known for his flamboyance, wit, and irreverence.

In the end we are all sacked and it's always awful. It is as inevitable as death following life. If you are elevated there comes a day when you are demoted. Even Prime Ministers.

There are no true friends in politics. We are all sharks circling, and waiting, for traces of blood to appear in the water.

There's nothing so improves the mood of the Party as the imminent execution of a senior colleague.

They're just actors. I much prefer the real thing!

The more you know about a species, the more you understand about how better to help protect them.