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Old 08-12-2014, 08:10 PM   #84
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George Islay MacNeill Robertson, Baron Robertson of Port Ellen KT, GCMG, FRSA, FRSE, PC (born 12 April 1946) is a British Labour Party politician who was the 10th Secretary General of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation; he succeeded Javier Solana in that position.. He served as Defence Secretary for the United Kingdom from 1997 to 1999, before taking up his NATO position and becoming a life peer as Baron Robertson of Port Ellen, of Islay in Argyll and Bute..Born in Port Ellen, Isle of Islay, Scotland, the son of a policeman, he was educated at Dunoon Grammar School and studied economics at the Queen's College, Dundee. When he was 15 years of age, he was involved with protests against US nuclear submarines docking in Britain..10th Secretary General of NATO In office 14 October 1999 – 5 January 2004..

During Robertson's time at Queen's College it broke away from the University of St Andrews to become the University of Dundee, of which Robertson was one of the first graduates (MA, 1968).. During his time at University he played a full part in student life.. In 1968 Robertson was one of a number of Dundee students to invade the pitch during a rugby match at St. Andrews involving a team from the Orange Free State to protest against apartheid. The same year he organised a 24-hour work-in by students in the university library in opposition to proposed cuts by the government in student grants..Lord Robertson married Sandra Wallace on 1 June 1970.. They are the parents of 3 children: Malcolm, Martin and Rachael..Robertson survived a serious crash in January 1977 of his car with a Navy Land Rover, which was carrying 100 lb of gelignite and a box of detonators, and hit his car head-on in the Drumochter Pass, leaving him with 2 wrecked knees and a broken jaw.. Robertson was wearing a seat belt at the time and attributes his survival to this factor..The route through the pass has been used since prehistoric times.. A military road built between 1728 and 1730 by General Wade came through here...

Robertson first entered the House of Commons as a Labour MP in 1978, after having won the Hamilton by-election in May 1978, caused by the death of the incumbent Labour MP Alex Wilson in March of that year.. He beat a strong and very well-known SNP candidate, Margo MacDonald, into second place, winning an increased majority and obtaining 51% of the overall vote.. He was appointed as NATO Secretary General after German defence minister Rudolf Scharping declined to be nominated for the position, and doubts were raised about the suitability of British politician and former Royal Marine Paddy Ashdown (at that time leader of the Liberal Democrats) due to his never having held a position in government..In 1995, Robertson said that "Devolution will kill Nationalism stone dead" while he was Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland..Robertson's 3 children are former pupils of the school in Dunblane where gunman Thomas Hamilton went on the rampage in 1996, murdering 16 children and their teacher.. After the massacre, Mr Robertson, a long-time resident of the town, acted as a spokesman for the victims' families.. He was also a key figure in the subsequent campaign that led to the ban on handguns in Great Britain..In 2003, the Sunday Herald newspaper ran an article entitled "Should the Dunblane dossier be kept secret?", a reference to documents relating to the Cullen Inquiry into the massacre which are to remain classified for 100 years..

Lord Robertson has been issuing warnings about the consequences for the UK if Scotland votes Yes to independence..In an article in the Washington Post, he warned: "The residual United Kingdom would still be a major player in the world, but upon losing a third of its land mass, 5 million of its population and a huge amount of credibility, its global standing would inevitably diminish."..In a speech to the Brookings Institution on 8 April 2014 he said: "The loudest cheers for the break-up of Britain would be from our adversaries and from our enemies.For the second military power in the west to shatter this year would be cataclysmic in geo-political terms..Robertson has received numerous honours (including a total of 12 Honorary doctorates from various universities)..In addition, Lord Robertson is a Senior Counsellor at The Cohen Group, a consulting firm in Washington D.C. that provides advice and assistance in marketing and regulatory affairs..The Weir Group plc is an engineering company headquartered in Glasgow, Scotland. It is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the FTSE 100 Index. The company operates in over 70 countries employing approximately 14,000 people focused on mining, oil and gas and power markets..To Lincoln and his compatriots the Union was so precious, so important, and its integrity so valuable that rivers of blood would be spilt to keep it together"..

Cohen (Hebrew: כֹּהֵן, kōhēn, "priest") is a Jewish surname of biblical origins.. It is a very common Jewish surname..Sir Malcolm Rifkind Kensington (Conservative); Former Foreign Secretary Bilderberg participant (1986,1996)-Sir George Robertson Liberal MP for Bradford Central (1906-16) Book: "Secret Society of the Freemasons in Bradford"..The Most Ancient and Most Noble Order of the Thistle is an order of chivalry associated with Scotland..The Royal Society of Edinburgh is Scotland's national academy of science and letters..Her Majesty's Most Honourable Privy Council, usually known simply as the Privy Council, is a formal body of advisers to the sovereign in the United Kingdom..., my, my! Such a lot of guns around town and so few brains! You know, you're the second guy I've met today that seems to think a gat in the hand means the world by the tail...
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