Of course Ken Clarke wants more disability benefit cuts, wants to tax various things enjoyed by pensioners, and so on.
He has always been a mainstream Thatcherite, whose repeated promotion under Thatcher and her preferred successor was not some series of flukes.
That extends to his views on the European Union, views that, as he never tires of pointing out, were hers when she was in office.
Austerity is an EU project. While it is of course possible to oppose both, it is absolutely impossible to support either but not the other.
Ask Iain Duncan Smith.
Or Ken Clarke.