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Review of Damon Hill's autobiography in The Guardian. One for the presents list?

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Agree about the Damon Hill. 

Just read "And the Revs Keep Rising Great Drives in Fast Cars" by Mel Nichols.  Collection of his road tests of exotica from 70s to 90s.  His description of drives around Modena are especially interesting as we will there in a couple of weeks.

Bought at just £4.99 from The Works  an excellent read.  

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Just finished Kind of Blue by Ken Clarke.

As you'd expect from any politician, there is far more in here about what he got right than what he got wrong.  Given the length of his career it is unsurprising that he was around whilst many of the big political stories of the last 45 years were playing out. 

I felt the book was at its best when describing what was going on in the Tory party and the country as various crises cropped up (rather than his struggles each time he took on a new ministerial role).  Nothing really there in terms of juicy gossip or score settling, but a fairly genteel and on the whole interesting read.

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Even before his current admirable performance he's fascinated me, partly because of his interests outside politics, see Healey, Gladstone.

But his reputation is sullied by the unforgivable promotion of tobacco to developing countries for commercial gain. How does he handle that?

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But his reputation is sullied by the unforgivable promotion of tobacco to developing countries for commercial gain. How does he handle that?

I actually finished the book and handed it back to my colleague a few weeks ago, but from memory he had a small piece on this in which he stated that there had been a lot of negative and untrue press from anti-tobacco quarters (ISTR remember he picked up on the stories that they gave free ciggies to kids as being totally untrue) and that they had been scrupulous in their business dealings and refused to pay off officials or gangsters so as to be able to build facilities or to sell their goods in a particular territory.  He stressed his Libertarian credentials that people should be informed about his risks of smoking (he did not deny the scientific evidence) but should then be allowed to make their own decisions.

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He's a cigar smoking, jazz loving ,erudite and honest  old  style politico and in the current climate we could do with a few more like him   

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Thanks, Steve.

He stressed his Libertarian credentials that people should be informed about his risks of smoking (he did not deny the scientific evidence) but should then be allowed to make their own decisions.

I agree with that (and for all other drugs), but then think it's immoral to promote consumption or make money out of those that cause this much damage.

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