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The point of departure

Author: Robin F Cook
Publisher: New York, NY : Simon & Schuster, ©2003.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"On 17 March 2003, Robin Cook, Leader of the House of Commons and former Foreign Secretary, resigned from the Cabinet in protest against the coming war in Iraq. His resignation speech prompted the first standing ovation in the history of the House and marked the end of the ministerial career of one of Labour's most brilliant politicians." "For the previous two years, Robin Cook kept a diary, a personal record of the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: BOOK
Named Person: Robin F Cook; Robin F Cook; Robert (Politiker) Cook
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robin F Cook
ISBN: 0743264231 9780743264235 0743257235 9780743257237 0743252551 9780743252553
OCLC Number: 53937719
Performer(s): Robin Cook.
Description: 368 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Why Parliament must modernise --
Democracy and the House of Lords --
The US neo-con battle plan --
Parliament and press: a vicious cycle --
Lords reform: from heredity to patronage? --
Britain and Washington --
The West's complicity with Saddam --
Britain and Europe --
Parliament and parties --
The Euro: collateral damage of Iraq --
Parliament's right to vote on war --
The UN: the first casualty of war --
The September dossier: intelligence or propaganda? --
Modernisation of Parliament: the summing up --
Containment: a strategy that worked --
Misreading the public mood --
Lords reform: lost among the options --
Saddam and al-Qa'ida: the missing link --
Humanitarian intervention and the UN --
The second term: a missed opportunity --
How real a threat?
Responsibility: Robin Cook.
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"On 17 March 2003, Robin Cook, Leader of the House of Commons and former Foreign Secretary, resigned from the Cabinet in protest against the coming war in Iraq. His resignation speech prompted the first standing ovation in the history of the House and marked the end of the ministerial career of one of Labour's most brilliant politicians." "For the previous two years, Robin Cook kept a diary, a personal record of the life of Labour's second term, a diary that forms the core of this narrative. The Point of Departure is Robin Cook's unvarnished account of this extraordinary period in our political history. Though surprised by his abrupt dismissal as Foreign Secretary, he became determined to effect the changes in Parliamentary democracy that he believed were essential if Parliament was to move into the 21st century. As Tony Blair told him, 'This is the job for you'." "Drawing on first-hand experiences in the Commons and the Cabinet, of encounters in conferences, corridors and late night conversations, we follow his gathering disillusionment as the political compass of the government changes to directions which he believes to be profoundly mistaken: from its failure to bring about Lords reform and its unwillingness to provide leadership for social change, to a foreign policy which has led us away from our destiny in Europe, into alliance with the most right-wing government in American history, and participation in Bush's war on Iraq."--BOOK JACKET.

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<http:\/\/experiment.worldcat.org\/entity\/work\/data\/854352#Place\/great_britain_iraq<\/a>> # Great Britain--Iraq.<\/span>\n\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0a \nschema:Place<\/a> ;\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\nschema:name<\/a> \"Great Britain--Iraq.<\/span>\" ;\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0.\n\n\n<\/div>\n
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<http:\/\/experiment.worldcat.org\/entity\/work\/data\/854352#Topic\/militarpolitik<\/a>> # Milit\u00E4rpolitik<\/span>\n\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0a \nschema:Intangible<\/a> ;\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\nschema:name<\/a> \"Milit\u00E4rpolitik<\/span>\"@en<\/a> ;\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0.\n\n\n<\/div>\n
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<http:\/\/id.worldcat.org\/fast\/995828<\/a>> # Legislators<\/span>\n\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0a \nschema:Intangible<\/a> ;\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\nschema:name<\/a> \"Legislators<\/span>\"@en<\/a> ;\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0.\n\n\n<\/div>\n
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<http:\/\/viaf.org\/viaf\/72265320<\/a>> # Robert (Politiker) Cook<\/span>\n\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0a \nschema:Person<\/a> ;\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\nschema:familyName<\/a> \"Cook<\/span>\" ;\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\nschema:givenName<\/a> \"Robert (Politiker)<\/span>\" ;\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\nschema:givenName<\/a> \"Robin F.<\/span>\" ;\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\nschema:name<\/a> \"Robert (Politiker) Cook<\/span>\" ;\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\nschema:name<\/a> \"Robin F. Cook<\/span>\" ;\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0.\n\n\n<\/div>\n
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<http:\/\/www.worldcat.org\/title\/-\/oclc\/53937719#PublicationEvent\/new_york_ny_simon_&_schuster_2003<\/a>>\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0a \nschema:PublicationEvent<\/a> ;\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\nschema:location<\/a> <http:\/\/experiment.worldcat.org\/entity\/work\/data\/854352#Place\/new_york_ny<\/a>> ; # New York, NY<\/span>\n\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\nschema:organizer<\/a> <http:\/\/experiment.worldcat.org\/entity\/work\/data\/854352#Agent\/simon_&_schuster<\/a>> ; # Simon & Schuster<\/span>\n\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0.\n\n\n<\/div>\n
<http:\/\/www.worldcat.org\/title\/-\/oclc\/53937719#Review\/460089132<\/a>>\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0a \nschema:Review<\/a> ;\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\nschema:itemReviewed<\/a> <http:\/\/www.worldcat.org\/oclc\/53937719<\/a>> ; # The point of departure<\/span>\n\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\nschema:reviewBody<\/a> \"\"On 17 March 2003, Robin Cook, Leader of the House of Commons and former Foreign Secretary, resigned from the Cabinet in protest against the coming war in Iraq. His resignation speech prompted the first standing ovation in the history of the House and marked the end of the ministerial career of one of Labour\'s most brilliant politicians.\" \"For the previous two years, Robin Cook kept a diary, a personal record of the life of Labour\'s second term, a diary that forms the core of this narrative. The Point of Departure is Robin Cook\'s unvarnished account of this extraordinary period in our political history. Though surprised by his abrupt dismissal as Foreign Secretary, he became determined to effect the changes in Parliamentary democracy that he believed were essential if Parliament was to move into the 21st century. As Tony Blair told him, \'This is the job for you\'.\" \"Drawing on first-hand experiences in the Commons and the Cabinet, of encounters in conferences, corridors and late night conversations, we follow his gathering disillusionment as the political compass of the government changes to directions which he believes to be profoundly mistaken: from its failure to bring about Lords reform and its unwillingness to provide leadership for social change, to a foreign policy which has led us away from our destiny in Europe, into alliance with the most right-wing government in American history, and participation in Bush\'s war on Iraq.\"--BOOK JACKET.<\/span>\" ;\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0.\n\n\n<\/div>\n\n

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