The Point of Departure : Diaries from the Front Bench, Paperback

The Point of Departure : Diaries from the Front Bench Paperback


As the Iraqi conflict led to his resignation from the Cabinet, Robin Cook, former Foreign Secretary, focuses on the build-up to and the consequences of the war.

Through diary entries and commentary, he explores how the excitement at Blair's victory in l997 - and the very real advances in his first parliament - gave way to a decline in public confidence, deepening challenges to parliamentary democracy and an increasing loss of momentum in his second parliament.

Based on first-hand experiences of the Cabinet and Commons since the last election, Cook explains how decisions came to be taken and explores the consequences of those decisions.

The struggle for greater democracy, the increased conservatism of the present government and the march to war provides a dramatic and compelling story from one of Labour's most brilliant politicians.




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