Thoughts on peace in Northern Ireland
It was an article in Reader's Digest magazine that made me realise that I have never once mentioned one of the most important people in Northern Irish politics as well as being one whom I respect deeply -- Mo Mowlam. Dr. Mowlam spent two years doing a very difficult job, whilst being disparaged from all sides. I feel that it was in a large part due to her efforts that the Good Friday Agreement has got as far as it has now and I wish her all the best in her new role in the Cabinet. Dr. Mowlam is very much a people person whose popularity can be seen in the fact that she has won the Woman of the Year award for two years in a row. I only wish that I had as much confidence in her successor, Peter Mandelson as I had in Mo Mowlam.