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My Lords, I congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Bird, on having secured this debate and on his characteristically forceful introduction. My approach is a bit more macrocosmic than his, but I hope that it slots in. The American satirist Yogi Berra once said: “The future ain’t what it used to be”. It was intended as a flippant remark, but it actually pinpoints crucial aspects of our society...
My Lords, the noble Lord, Lord Giddins, listed on the speakers’ list was unable to get here this evening, so I, the noble Lord, Lord Giddens, am here in his stead. I say that only for the integrity of Hansard. I begin by congratulating the noble Lord, Lord Cameron, on securing this debate and introducing it so accurately and passionately. I certainly endorse that passion and his combative...
My Lords, I join other noble Lords in saying that this is a terrific report, and I congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Howell, and everyone else involved in producing it. The noble Lord has received lots of plaudits in the debate tonight, and they are well deserved. The report offers an acute account of the huge dilemmas facing the UK in foreign policy, and it analyses very well the seismic...
Entered the House of Lords on 29 June 2004
Positions held at time of appointment: Director of the London School of Economics and Political Science. (from Number 10 press release)
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