Alan Clark

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(author, politician, deep state functionary?)
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BornAlan Kenneth Mackenzie Clark
13 April 1928
Died1999-09-05 (Age 71)
Saltwood Castle, Kent
Cause of death
brain tumour
Alma materChrist Church (Oxford)
Member ofBullingdon Club, Le Cercle

Alan Kenneth Mackenzie Clark was a UK author and politician who was a junior minister in Margaret Thatcher's governments at the Departments of Employment, Trade and Defence, and became a privy counsellor in 1991. His successor as Minister for Defence Procurement also attended Le Cercle.


Alan Clark attended Le Cercle.


Alan Clark was Minister for Defence Procurement from 25 July 1989 to 14 April 1992, succeeded in that position by fellow Cercle Member (and later chairman), Jonathan Aitken.


Full article: Arms-to-Iraq

Clark was implicated in the Arms-to-Iraq weapons deal, together with fellow Cercle members Jonathan Aitken and Paul Channon‎.[1][2] During the 1992 Matrix Churchill trial, Clark stated that "the interests of the West were best served by Iran and Iraq fighting each other, and the longer the better."[3] The trial collapsed soon after Clark admitted being "economical with the actualite" regarding what he knew about arms exports to Iraq.[4]

When Alan Clark was questioned at the Old Bailey by Geoffrey Robertson at the 1992 Matrix Churchill trial, Clark accounted for the discrepancies between his testimony and statements he had made previously. His response became notorious:

  • Clark: it's our old friend "economical"
  • Robertson: with the truth?
  • Clark: With the actualité. There was nothing misleading or dishonest to make a formal or introductory comment that the Iraqis would be using the current orders for general engineering purposes. All I didn't say was 'and for making munitions'.[5][6]


Alan Clark died of a brain tumour[7], which Peter Eyre compares to the assassinations of Gerald Bull and David Kelly.[8]


  • The Donkeys: A History of the British Expeditionary Force in 1915 (1961).
  • The Fall of Crete (1963).
  • Barbarossa: The Russian-German Conflict, 1941–1945 (1965).
  • The Lion Heart: A Tale of the War in Vietnam (1969).
  • Suicide of the Empires (1971).
  • Aces High: The War in the Air over the Western Front 1914–1918 (1973).
  • Diaries (three volumes, 1972–1999):
  • Volume 1 Diaries: In Power 1983–1992 (1993).
  • Volume 2 Diaries: Into Politics 1972–1982 (2000).
  • Volume 3 Diaries: The Last Diaries 1993–1999 (2002).
  • The Tories: Conservatives and the Nation State 1922–1997 (1998).
  • Backfire: A Passion for Cars and Motoring (2001).[9]


Event Participated in

Le Cercle/1990 (Oman)30 November 199030 November 1990Oman
Al Bustan Hotel & Al-Baraka Palace
Start/End dates uncertain
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