The Point of Departure by Robin Cook lands on the |> SALE <| shelves in my shop.
Simon & Schuster, 2003, Hardback in dust wrapper.
From the cover: On 17 March 2003, Robin Cook, Leader of the House of Commons and former Foreign Secretary, resigned from the Cabinet in protest against the coming war in Iraq. His resignation speech prompted the first standing ovation in the history of the House and marked the end of the ministerial career of one of Labours most brilliant politicians.
For the previous two years, Robin Cook kept a diary, a personal record of the life of Labours second term, a diary that forms the core of this narrative. The Point of Departure is Robin Cooks unvarnished account of this extraordinary period in our political history. Though surprised by his abrupt dismissal as Foreign Secretary, he became determined to effect the changes in Parliamentary democracy that he believed were essential if Parliament was to move into the 21st century. As Tony Blair told him, This is the job for you.
Drawing on first-hand experiences in the Commons and the Cabinet, of encounters in conferences, corridors and late night conversations, we follow his gathering disillusionment as the political compass of the government changes to directions which he believes to be profoundly mistaken: from its failure to bring about Lords reform and its unwillingness to provide leadership for social change, to a foreign policy which has led us away from our destiny in Europe, into alliance with the most right-wing government in American history, and participation in Bushs war on Iraq.
This is the story of a government in power and the tensions between those who govern. But above all it is the story of a politician who genuinely wanted to bring democracy closer to the people, but who saw a government increasingly detached from the values of himself and his party, and who developed a growing conviction that on Iraq, its position was morally, diplomatically and politically wrong. The first inside account of the Blair government from a holder of one of the great offices of State, incisive, interspersed with moments of personal reflection and humour, devastating in its conclusions, The Point of Departure is the most important political publication of the decade.
Very Good+ in Very Good+ Dust Wrapper.
Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 368 pages. 9½” x 6¼”.
This book will be eventually reach my delightful website…(added to my Political Britain category.) but get 60% off buying from this very blog blog… Buy it now for just £2.60 + P&P! Of course, if you don’t like this one there are plenty more available here!