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Peter Rhodes on surveillance, smart weapons and judging a man by the boat he owns

You can tell a lot about a man from his boat. I recall a report some years ago about Alistair Darling spending time on his boat.

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Modest tastes afloat – Alistair Darling

I assumed the former Chancellor, who died last week, would possess a grand yacht. Wrong.

Darling skippered a cuddy fishing boat, little more than a dinghy with a small cabin at the front. It was modest yet eminently practical, two qualities which are supremely useful, whether running the Exchequer or spinning for mackerel in the Clyde.

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