The death of Robin Cook

In recent days it has been reported that Mo Mowlam is critically ill.

It had occurred to me that there have been very few major politicians whose achievements I can remember to have died. The only one I could think of was Donald Dewar.

This evening Robin Cook has died. I think for a lot of people my age who were against the war in Iraq, Robin Cook’s resignation speech in the House of Commons just before the war began will have been one of the greatest political moments that they have seen so far. The anti-war movement was massive, and Cook became a sort of unofficial figurehead of it. He was far more reasonable, and likeable, than George Galloway. Clare Short, meanwhile, was seen as spineless, in contrast to what was perceived to be the much more principled stance of Cook. Robin Cook was a genuinely powerful voice from the backbenches.

Since then, whatever else you may say about him, I have had a lot of respect for Robin Cook, and I find it a great shame that he has died.

35 comments

  1. , one of the few genuinely likeable and trustworthy politicians around, since, whether you agreed with his politics or not (generally I did), he was always articulate, good at his job, and above all stood up for what he believed in, as Duncan Stephen wrote so well in his blog. I think for a lot of people my age who were against the war in Iraq, Robin Cook’s resignation speech in the House of Commons just before the war began will have been one of the greatest political moments that they have seen

  2. I did have respect for the way Robin Cook turned his back on many of his career prospects for what he believed was right. At least he was a character.

  3. Yes he was. A weird gnome like character. One with principles though.

    Now for Prescott to die with his fat head stuck up his own humongous arse. That would be something to celebrate.

  4. a great politician, who was a hero for the world. He helped stop the abuse in Kosovo, and helped limit arms sales. He helped rise the British aid budget, and showed a great way, Unlike Arnie, and bish he was not ion the post as of looks, or image, he was there as he had the intelect and the brains. He was the most popular politician in Britain when he died, and was a great role model. Robin Cook, we slaute you. P.S I am sure collie will burn in Hell, and Cook wil go to the angels, Imagine hating somebody as they look “knomelike” what a weirdo, I suspect she is a serial killer. No wonder she is such a mess. I suppose the fcat that Robin Cook did not support satanism, and the royalists is why satan’s representative on earth collie, does this, I say she is going to burn in Hell. yippppeeeee. Well done collie for showing why you should, you will burn like bin laden and his freind (he supported the fellow to 1996, king of saudi arabia). While we laugh at collie, burning. for hating good people, and loving evil, and idiotic moron rulers, who just get the job as of theri looks. P.S I am sure collie is ugly, that is why she looked back to see what other people thought of her hellbound writings.

  5. i can’t wait for collie to die, i am sure noone will be unhappy when she does, but i sure am unhappy at great old Cook losing his life. A man who actually cared fro other people unmlike this probable suicide bomber collie, who I think should be sent back to Afghanistan to live there, and be executed

  6. Good call, that collie sounds like scum. I felt Cook was agreat hero, Whereas in America the dumbos vote for people like the bullying action hero, arnie, and the scumbag wrestlers, so see more americans die a month in terror bombs in iraq in aggressive dumbo policie sthere, we just see far less terror and war deaths and a higher life expectancy and better country. We need more clever people like Cook, who can only be critised for theri looks as they are so correct and morally correct. And less bvermin like arnie and bush who only get elected as they look good. The only good thing about Bush and arnie being elected is that it is the people who vote for them who die of their policies, Well done Cook, shame on you failed arnie, the falling economic growth in america the fact it has the lowest life expectancy in the western world, and has even fallen below the socialist republic of portugal, it is sad when people like cook die, but a great day when people like col,lie die, they are bin laden’s allies, and the enemies of all decent people here then

  7. Tony Blair called Mr Cook “an outstanding, extraordinary talent”.

    Tory leader Michael Howard praised his “immense” contribution to UK politics. Lib Dem leader Charles Kennedy said he was “deeply saddened”.

  8. Chancellor Gordon Brown said: “I admired and valued Robin as a colleague and friend and as one of the greatest parliamentarians of our time.

  9. As foreign secretary, he played a key role in ending ethnic cleansing and building peace, stability and democracy in the Balkans. We mourn his passing

  10. “Apart from being extremely intelligent, Robin Cook was very brave and had more integrity than most politicians could ever dream of having.”

  11. He was so intellectually stimulating and your brain came alive when you were with him.”

  12. HE STOPPED ME MASSACRING INNOCENTS, SOME PRETTY FACED FOOL WOULD HAVE LET ME KILL MILLIONS

  13. HOW DARE HE AND JOHN PRESCOTT OPPOSE TERRORISM, IT WOULD BE BETTER IF MURDEROUS SCUM, LIKE COLLIE RULED AND HELPED CAUSE THE DEAT OF WESTERN CIVILISATION

  14. It was Robin Cook who tabled, in 1980, the amendment to Scots law to decriminalise homosexuality in Scotland. Gay people in Scotland will remember him with respect and gratitude.

  15. John McCrick should be ashamed

    Today saw the funeral of Robin Cook, one of the few genuinely likeable and trustworthy politicians around, since, whether you agreed with his politics or not (generally I did), he was always articulate, good at his job, and above all stood up for what…

  16. John Mccririck has always struck me as a flamboyant pain in the arse. However I admire they man for having the balls to say what a lot of people are thinking – namely that Blair has snubbed the family of Robin Cook because Robin had the temerity to disagree in public with Blairs stance on Iraq. Notice that the much heralded weapons of MD have still not been produced – Blair lied to the population of the UK – never mind bullshit white wash reports to the contrary which insult the intelligence of every one of us. I believed in Blair once but he is a wanker and a bull shit merchant. And his wife looks like her face has been squashed too.

  17. John McCririck is a pompous, flamboyaunt, attention seeking, famous for nothing fool. His remarks at Robin Cookes funeral service highlight to all just how much of a fool this freakish cretin really is. What gives this transvestite lookalike creep the right to draw attention to himself at Robins funeral. His comments were inappropiate, unnecessary and malicious and served nothing other than to overshadow the memory of a great man.

    Your a fool John McCririck and the world is laughing at you

    Neil Hanley
    Leeds

  18. Lovely people post here. It’s amazing how many special needs people read your site doctorvee. You must be very proud of your achievements here. Back in the real world, away from blogs, people are allowed to make the odd derogative comment without looney leftie hypocrites damning you to hell. Oh how I laughed.

    I should get these comments framed with the header: ‘Why the internet should be banned.’

  19. Neither left wing nor right wing actually. Why make a distinction ? On the gnome front I once saw the Health Pixie described as having a lightbulb shaped head and frightening pixie like eyes – would you endorse that view ?

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