Robin Cook's vaunted "ethical" foreign policy lies exposed as a sham. The "new" European policy consists in continuing with the previous government's policies, but saying so more politely. At home Jack Straw has embarked on an unprecedented programme of populist authoritarianism. Even constitutional reform has largely been a sham: the new devolved parliaments have few real powers, as all decisions on controversial issues have been reserved to Westminster, while the shambles of electoral reform (was it really necessary to have a different electoral system for every new body created?) shows every sign of being gerrymandered to preserve a Labour majority.
The Northern Ireland peace process is indeed an impressive achievement, but it stands alone.
Dr JONATHAN A JONES