In 2003, Charles Clarke (Lab) whipped up a fury when he allegedly said:
“I don’t mind there being some medievalists around for ornamental purposes, but there is no reason for the state to pay for them”
According to this Guardian article, the transcript of the occasion reflects a different point of view. However, the article states that Clarke was known to argue that ‘learning for its own sake’ is “a bit dodgy”.
It was therefore quite a surprise to discover this week that Charles Clarke is now a Visiting Professor of Religion & Faith at Lancaster University where he teaches a “range of undergraduate and postgraduate modules”.
Definitely not for learning’s sake though, right Mr. Clarke?