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A synopsis of Isabel Oakeshott’s interview with William Hague in the Sunday Times:

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    He has had a remarkable transformation from failed anorak to immensely popular politician and speaker (his latest Conservative Member’s Panel rating will be revealed on Monday).
  • "There is a completely different atmosphere in politics when you have a good chance of winning".
  • Hague qualifies his "disproportionate" statement on the Lebanon crisis, saying: "our concern about Israeli actions has been those that appear to have been only tenuously or unrelated to Hezbollah".
  • In response to the firestorm caused by the statement – with strong disapproval from both Party donors and the Conservative Friends of Israel he says: "We’re not going to frame foreign policy on the grounds of who’s going
    to get upset. If we tried to do that, we’d never be able to say
    anything at all
    ".
  • Forcefully denies Cameron knows little about foreign policy, and says they carefully agree on everything together.
  • Being a successful leader of the opposition "requires the
    right sort of food, sleep and exercise, which needs rigorous policing
    ". He advises Cameron to eat vegetable soup.
  • Do you miss being leader? "I’ve got that all out of my system. Totally…I’m a fan of DC and I enjoy working with him, and I’ve only come back to
    help him win the next election. I don’t ever want to be leader again
    myself. I could happily write books instead. I enjoy that at least as
    much as politics.
    "
  • Some party insiders claim he suffered a near nervous breakdown in the aftermath of his exit. He says that his resignation "taught him that there’s more to life than politics".
  • On having more women candidates, he wishes he has been more radical when he was leader but believes the party is now "very willing to accept change".
  • Ahead of travelling to India with George Osborne and Liam Fox, Hague advocates a reappraisal of British foreign policy (to that of the Cavaliers?): "It has been too Eurocentric in the past 20 years. A much higher level
    of engagement with the Pacific and Indian Ocean nations is important.
    ".
  • He believes that military force and espousal of democracy are not enough to defeat Islamic terrorism.

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