Mr Clarke told BBC One's Sunday AM show: "There's nothing that Patrick said actually that was remotely offensive or racialist.
Apart from Mercer suggesting that black people are idle and useless and that they use racism to protect themselves.
I don't think anybody should ever see Patrick Mercer as a racist. If there is an opposite of racist, that's Patrick."
Nah the opposite of a racist would not suggest some black people use the racism card as cover for being idle or useless.
Last week, Mr Mercer, who spent 25 years in the Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters regiment, said in a Times interview: "If someone is slow on the assault course, you'd get people shouting: 'Come on you fat bastard, come on you ginger bastard, come on you black bastard.'"
The fact he suggested that others that shouted such crass remarks remain in the army is pretty sad. Apparently he claims his demotion was because of political correctness, However i woudld suggest he take a long look at himself, his character and his remarks and actually realise what he said is very very wrong.
These remarks coupled with the remarks made by Davis & Clarke suggest, that you cannot teach a dog new tricks.