Sunday, August 07, 2005
(Courtesy of BBC News Online)
Was surprised and saddened to hear of Robin Cook's death this evening.
Whilst he was derided for the seeming failure of his 'ethical foreign policy' and received a mauling over the circumstances of his divorce and remarraige, he was nontheless a man with a razor-sharp brain and intellect who did much for the Labour Party.
He is also one of the few senior labour politicans I have met and disagreed with in debate. In both the 2003 and 2004 Party Conferences I met him and disagreed over constitutional issues and the minutae of international foreign policy, but nontheless he was a man worth listening to and whose political opinions bore consideration.
His 'ethical foreign policy' was also a brave and bold plan in an increasingly morally grey world.