Arsenal@LHR From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 7792 posts, RR: 20
Reply 5, posted (9 years 4 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 1481 times:
That is shocking news, a great politician, a giant of a parliamentarian. His resignation speech in the commons was the best speech i heard in a long time. He enhanced his reputation during the Iraq war and he was one of a few politicians who genuinely stood up against the government spin machine leading up to the war. A loss to British politics.
GDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 13195 posts, RR: 77
Reply 9, posted (9 years 3 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 1374 times:
What a shock and a loss to politics.
A highly intelligent man, skilled politician, expert horseracing tipster.
When he resigned over Iraq, he did so without bitterness, compare his departure with the 'will she, won't she' of Clare Short, also unlike Short, Cook never indulged in personal attacks against former Cabinet colleagues.
He would likely have rejoined the government once Gordon Brown was PM, having patched things up with him (Scottish Labour politics is more of a snake pit than most).
Even from the back-benches, Cook was an important figure, he will be greatly missed.
BAxMAN From St. Helena, joined May 2004, 671 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (9 years 3 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 1296 times:
Very sad loss. One of the few politicians who had the courage to stand by his convictions.
When (New) Labour first came to power, the tabloids savaged Robin Cook's character when he bunked off with his new lass and left his wife in the lurch. He was made out to be a bit of a typical ginger, Scottish twit.
Even when demoted/moved to Leader of the House, Cook stayed loyal to Tony Blair. Many other politicians would have taken this personally and took great delight in turning the screw by leaking nasty little stories to the press. And then when the Iraq war became an issue, he gave the most diginified resignation speech you'll ever see in politics around the world and still, despite their differences on this issue, remained loyal to Tony Blair and New Labour. There are not many people in politics (or any career for that matter) who would have not taken great pleasure in being a bitter and twisted little weasel in such circumstances.
Mo Mowlam is apparently a bit crook, too. Not looking good for those Labour folk who have crossed swords with the PM