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skdadl
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posted 12 August 2005 06:00 PM      Profile for skdadl     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Gosh. From the webpage about Robin Cook's funeral, I pick up this story about the former Northern Irish secretary, Mo Mowlam, who has apparently just been moved to a hospice:

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In 1998, as Northern Ireland secretary, she went inside the Maze Prison when it became clear that the peace process would only succeed with the backing of the prisoners. The loyalist UDA/UFF prisoners had previously withdrawn their support for the process.

She spoke to the prisoners face-to-face for 60 minutes, and two hours later the paramilitaries' political representatives announced they were being allowed to rejoin the talks.

In 1999 she was replaced as Northern Ireland secretary by Peter Mandelson, and became Tony Blair's Cabinet Office "enforcer".


She's only 55. Apparently she had earlier been treated for a brain tumour.


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Screaming Lord Byron
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posted 12 August 2005 09:23 PM      Profile for Screaming Lord Byron     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Yeah, she had chemotherapy and a major operation a few years back - I remember her wearing a wig for a while, which she would use to good effect during tough negotiations by removing it. That'd probably be pretty effective.
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Ken Burch
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posted 12 August 2005 09:36 PM      Profile for Ken Burch     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
The saddest thing, for anyone who has followed Northern Irish issues, is that Dr. Mowlam is dying and that old fascist Ian Paisley is alive, well, and leading the largest Protestant party in the Six Counties.

Truly freakin' depressing.


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lagatta
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posted 23 August 2005 03:00 AM      Profile for lagatta     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I haven't been babbling much for obvious reasons - but have people posted about Mo Mowlam's death, and her biography? http://politics.guardian.co.uk/labour/story/0,9061,1552383,00.html
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obscurantist
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posted 23 August 2005 03:29 AM      Profile for obscurantist     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Hi lagatta,

There were a couple of posts on this thread.

My mom died from a brain tumour, although it happened much more quickly. It can be a strange way to lose someone - terrible in some respects, as any manner of death is, yet fascinating at the same time in terms of the effects that physical damage to the brain can have on mental processes. Not that it was exactly easy to be a detached observer.


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lagatta
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posted 23 August 2005 05:48 AM      Profile for lagatta     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I hate those "who is dead now" threads, as they seem so lacking in continuity; the folks who pass away don't necessarily have anything else in common so one must just sift through them.

I'm sorry to hear about your mum.


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obscurantist
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posted 23 August 2005 01:33 PM      Profile for obscurantist     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Thanks, lagatta. I tend to agree about the "who's dead now" threads - I guess the idea is to minimize thread proliferation, but I think having separate threads is a more dignified way to do it.
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Willowdale Wizard
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posted 23 August 2005 03:42 PM      Profile for Willowdale Wizard   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
in practice, there are separate threads, albeit occasionally, for people who have passed away.
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