Robin Cook

How The Chilcot Inquiry Has Vindicated Two Men Sadly No Longer Around To See It

The Huffington Post | Christopher York | Posted 07.07.2016 | UK

The release of The Chilcot Inquiry has been viewed as vindication of two politicians who died before it was published - Robin Cook and Charles Kennedy...

Labour's Jo Cox: All Parties Need To Work Together To Solve The Social Care Crisis

The Huffington Post | Owen Bennett | Posted 01.09.2016 | UK Politics

Jo Cox The 2015 General Election saw 176 MPs elected to the Commons for the very first time. In a series of exclusive interviews, The Huffingto...

Why the Chilcot Inquiry Won't Satisfy Us

Denis MacShane | Posted 22.03.2015 | UK Politics
Denis MacShane

Will 2015 finally see the publication of the Chilcot inquiry into the Iraq war? Certainly not this side of the election it now seems. Why is it taking so long? ... Sadly there is no single truth, no burning dossier, no transcript that will allow closure on the Iraq war.

Where Are Our British Contrarians?

Ali Miraj | Posted 23.11.2014 | UK Politics
Ali Miraj

Too many people in British public life are "shackled by ambition". But there are the few who seek more than short-term career advancement. These are the people of ideas, that challenge, probe, and agitate for change. They are in the business of shaping the future, not of enjoying the comforts of a ministerial Jaguar.

Caroline Frost

FILM REVIEW: We Are Many - Tireless, Ambitious Filmmaking | Caroline Frost | Posted 20.05.2015 | UK Entertainment

It took director Amir Amirani eight years and two re-mortgages to bring this to the screen, and it shows. 'We Are Many' is an incredibly ambitious fil...

The Curse of the Careerist

Matt Carr | Posted 18.05.2013 | UK Politics
Matt Carr

Whether any of the officials who are now coming forward felt similar pangs of conscience at the time about the discrepancy between what they knew and what their government was saying is not known, but what is certain is that none of them were prepared to act on them if they did.

What Iraq Says About Labour, Past and Present

David Clark | Posted 15.05.2013 | UK Politics
David Clark

The Iraq War was the culmination of a process that started in 1994 with the rise of New Labour and reflected its heady psychological brew of arrogance and self-loathing. The arrogance came from a quasi-Leninist belief in Labour as the agent of some great historical mission on behalf of the masses - a traditional conceit of Labourism, admittedly.

A Rejoinder to David Lipsey: For the Sake of Progression, Legitimacy and Democracy - The House of Lords Must Be Reformed

Benjamin Lazarus | Posted 25.08.2012 | UK Politics
Benjamin Lazarus

Robin Cook once commented that reforming the House of Lords was like Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot - "(it) never arrives and some are rather doubtful whether it even exists".

An Ethical Foreign Policy

Clive Stafford Smith | Posted 20.12.2011 | UK
Clive Stafford Smith

Some years ago I was talking to Robin Cook about his strong support of Reprieve's work against the death penalty. He was then Foreign Secretary, and I congratulated him on the slogan that had been attributed to him: that henceforth Britain would have "an ethical foreign policy."

Will Westminster's Working Hours Modernise After Today?

Ellee Seymour | Posted 13.11.2011 | UK Politics
Ellee Seymour

Joan Ruddock MP will today lobby her colleagues for a change of working hours in the House. It's quite a modest request really: she suggests close of day at 6 or 7pm midweek for business in the House, enabling MPs to get back to their young children in time to read them a bedtime story if they are within commuting distance.