Iraq Enquiry: Jack Straw a fraction of the man that was Robin Cook.

There have been an awful lot of column inches used in the press and blogs this past week or so summarising the evidence being gathered by the Chilcott Enquiry into the Iraq War, so I shall not waste either your or my time by repeating it.

I do however wish to draw your attention to one of the most important people serving in Government at the time who will not be able to give evidence to this enquiry, namely Robin Cook.

During their respective appearances before the Inquiry, both Geoff Hoon and Lord Turnbull praised Robin Cook, who resigned in protest at the imminent invasion. Cook was “absolutely spot on”, said Turnbull.

Robin Cook died in mysterious circumstances in 2005, but gave one of the most insightful resignation speeches on 17th March 2003 that the House of Commons has witnessed, drawing a standing ovation. He made clear that our participation with the US led coalition lacked any legal base, that hostility from our traditional allies and friends coupled with a total lack of public appetite for war would draw us into something for which we were ill prepared.

His resignation speech is a matter of public record, but I feel that it is worth providing a link to his words again, to remind that the warnings were there and that some politicians did have the guts and decency to make the right decisions, unlike slippery Jack Straw.

Straw it seems could not bring himself to give up the power he had accumulated, who now tells the Inquiry that he could have used that power of veto in cabinet to stop British participation in the invasion, but didn’t, that he had a contingency plan, but didn’t bring it before cabinet or use it, and could have resigned as Robin Cook had done, but didn’t.

By their deeds shall they be judged, not by their words. If Straw is to stand for re-election in May we now know the politician he is, and I hope the public vote accordingly.

Straw really is a fraction of a man beside the decent and honourable late Robin Cook.


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Ian Parker-Joseph, former Leader of the Libertarian Party UK, who currently heads PDPS Internet Hosting and the Personal Deed Poll Services company, has been an IT industry professional for over 20 years, providing Business Consulting, Programme and Project Management, specialising in the recovery of Projects that have failed in a process driven world. Ian’s experience is not limited to the UK, and he has successfully delivered projects in the Middle East, Africa, US, Russia, Poland, France and Germany. Working within different cultures, Ian has occupied high profile roles within multi-nationals such as Nortel and Cable & Wireless. These experiences have given Ian an excellent insight into world events, and the way that they can shape our own national future. His extensive overseas experiences have made him all too aware of how the UK interacts with its near neighbours, its place in the Commonwealth, and how our nation fits into the wider world. He is determined to rebuild many of the friendships and commercial relationships with other nations that have been sadly neglected over the years, and would like to see greater energy and food security in these countries, for the benefit of all. Ian is a vocal advocate of small government, individual freedom, low taxation and a minimum of regulation. Ian believes deeply and passionately in freedom and independence in all areas of life, and is now bringing his professional experiences to bear in the world of politics.
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One Response to Iraq Enquiry: Jack Straw a fraction of the man that was Robin Cook.

  1. Gandhi says:

    Agreed. He was just about the only intelligent and reasonable voice in the Commons. So, David Kelly: dead; Mo Mowlam: dead; Robin Cook: dead; Hans Blix: vilified for doing his job properly, “discredited”; George Galloway: accusations made to discredit, kicked out of the Commons for asking awkward questions; Clare Short: daft to begin with… Blair was a lucky man wasn’t he?

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