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Robin Cook Passed Away

Sun Aug 07, 2005 2:48 am

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

[Edited 2005-08-06 20:00:50]
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RE: Robin Cook 'Taken Seriously Ill'

Sun Aug 07, 2005 2:56 am

He has since passed away.

[Edited 2005-08-06 19:58:02]
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RE: Robin Cook Passed Away

Sun Aug 07, 2005 3:03 am

Rest In Peace, Robin Cook.
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RE: Robin Cook Passed Away

Sun Aug 07, 2005 3:05 am

Damn, this is a real shame, one of the few men in the labor party who really stood by his convictions.
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RE: Robin Cook Passed Away

Sun Aug 07, 2005 3:13 am

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

Rest in peace Mr Cook
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RE: Robin Cook Passed Away

Sun Aug 07, 2005 3:15 am

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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RE: Robin Cook Passed Away

Sun Aug 07, 2005 3:17 am

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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RE: Robin Cook Passed Away

Sun Aug 07, 2005 3:23 am

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.
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RE: Robin Cook Passed Away

Sun Aug 07, 2005 3:25 am

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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RE: Robin Cook Passed Away

Sun Aug 07, 2005 6:18 am

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.
 
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RE: Robin Cook Passed Away

Sun Aug 07, 2005 7:14 am

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.
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RE: Robin Cook Passed Away

Sun Aug 07, 2005 7:27 am

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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RE: Robin Cook Passed Away

Sun Aug 07, 2005 8:41 am

I have to admit this is an absolute shock.
RIP Mr Cook
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RE: Robin Cook Passed Away

Sun Aug 07, 2005 8:48 am

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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RE: Robin Cook Passed Away

Sun Aug 07, 2005 5:43 pm

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

RIP Mr Cook.

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