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Robin Cook Passed Away  
User currently offline777236ER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 1471 times:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/4127654.stm

[Edited 2005-08-06 20:00:50]

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User currently offlineAlcregular From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 1459 times:

He has since passed away.

[Edited 2005-08-06 19:58:02]

User currently offlineLeonB1985 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 1446 times:

Rest In Peace, Robin Cook.

User currently offline7FTwinOtter From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2005, 172 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 1439 times:

Damn, this is a real shame, one of the few men in the labor party who really stood by his convictions.
RIP


User currently offlineTrekster From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 1421 times:

WOW, what a shock. Only saw him on some tv channel last night

Rest in peace Mr Cook


User currently offlineArsenal@LHR From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 7792 posts, RR: 20
Reply 5, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 1414 times:
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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.


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User currently offlineRyanb741 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2002, 3221 posts, RR: 16
Reply 6, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 1408 times:

As much as I disagreed with his political stance (especially regarding Iraq) he was a truly eloquent politician who stood up for his beliefs.

RIP Robin Cook  Sad



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User currently offline777236ER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 1400 times:

Whatever you thought about his time as foreign secretary and leader of the Commons, there aren't that many men who would give up a cabinet position for his principles.

User currently offlineBA From United States of America, joined May 2000, 11151 posts, RR: 59
Reply 8, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 1391 times:

I am saddened and shocked to hear the loss of this great politician whom I have great respect for. He was a true believer in justice and fairness in dealing with various political issues.

Rest in peace Robin Cook.  Sad



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User currently offlineGDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 13046 posts, RR: 78
Reply 9, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 1307 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.


User currently offlineWhiteHatter From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 1277 times:

Quoting 777236ER (Reply 7):
Whatever you thought about his time as foreign secretary and leader of the Commons, there aren't that many men who would give up a cabinet position for his principles.

Exactly.

Robin Cook was a voice of conscience in the Labour Party. He is irreplacable, and giving up his Cabinet seat and consequent huge income drop on principle shows the integrity of the man.

Parliament and indeed the country have lost an honest politician, and there aren't that many of those about.

He was also an accomplished author away from the bear pit.


User currently offlineME AVN FAN From Switzerland, joined May 2002, 13920 posts, RR: 25
Reply 11, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 1267 times:

Quoting 7FTwinOtter (Reply 3):
this is a real shame, one of the few men in the labor party who really stood by his convictions

absolutely. a great man. sad to see him gone.
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rest in peace, Sir
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User currently offlineGVBIG From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2004, 341 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 1233 times:

I have to admit this is an absolute shock.
RIP Mr Cook



Booked it, Packed it, f*cked off!
User currently offlineBAxMAN From St. Helena, joined May 2004, 671 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 1229 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  eek   eek   eek   eek 



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User currently offlineSteve7E7 From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 473 posts, RR: 51
Reply 14, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 1175 times:

This was a big shock,he was a fine man in many respects.

RIP Mr Cook.


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