Clarke, Major, Cameron and the ‘cock’ report….. oops that should have read ‘Cook’……

THE COOK Report was a compulsive and highly watchable template for investigative journalism aired by ITV in the late 1980s and 1990s.
Subjects fearlessly tackled by Roger Cook included exposing Northern Ireland protection rackets, baby trading in Brazil and Guatemala, people smuggling and Satanic ritual abuse.
His inimitable style of attempting to interview ‘crooks’ as they were walking or even running away from him made him a fearless hero for many viewers.
But he went too far one day, attempting to open up cracks in the British establishment.
He launched an investigation in 1994 into the affairs of one of the ‘big beasts’ of British politics Kenneth Clarke.
Now 77 years old, Clarke has served in various British cabinets as Chancellor of the Exchequer, Home Secretary, Lord Chancellor and Justice Secretary, Education Secretary, Health Secretary and Minister without Portfolio. He is currently the Father of the House.
In an undercover sting, a young man called Ben Fellowes met up with Clarke in the office of Ian Greer, a political lobbyist known for his part in the infamous Cash for Questions scandal.
During their encounter, Fellows claimed that Clarke put his hand on his penis ‘and kept it there’.
This was captured on camera with Fellows further claiming the video proved his allegation.
You may by now be struggling to remember this episode – and for good reason.
It was never aired.
The establishment swung into action to ensure that was not going to happen.
At that time Carlton Communications were involved in takeover talks with Central, the company responsible for ITV in the Midlands.
Prime Minister John Major was reported to be very concerned about the possibility of the Clarke tapes being made public, fearing it could bring down his Government.
So he put wheels in motion to ensure the takeover was hurried up. Interestingly, Carlton Communications were a client of the same Ian Greer.
Now the employee of Carlton who seized the tapes and therefore saved Clarke from exposure had a very interesting subsequent career progression.
His name was David Cameron, whom you may remember later took Mr Major’s role as Prime Minister.
One of his most fervent backers during his career was one Kenneth Clarke…………..

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