John Whitaker Straw is a British politician, former foreign secretary, and author of the book, The English Job.
This episode features a conversation with Former Foreign Secretary Jack Straw, he's discussing his book 'The English Job: Understanding Iran and Why It Distrusts Britain'. If you enjoyed this podcast, make sure you check through the archive for one you may have missed or why not listen to For The Many, Iain's podcast with Jacqui Smith or Cross Question! Iain Dale Monday - Thursday, 7-10pm on LBC.
The world’s most pressing and potentially dangerous strategic confrontation is playing out in the narrow waterway between Iran and Arabia. The United states is leading efforts to isolate the Government in Tehran. Iran is responding with defiance despite severe economic disruption. Former British Foreign Secretary, Jack Straw, is a veteran of western diplomatic engagement with Iran. How high is the risk of a calamitous conflict? (Photo: Jack Straw in the Hardtalk studio)
Jack Straw MP introduces his new memoirs, Last Man Standing: Memoirs of a Political Survivor. As a small boy in Epping Forest, Jack Straw could never have imagined that one day he would become Britain’s Lord Chancellor. As one of five children of divorced parents, he was bright enough to get a scholarship to a direct-grant school, but spent his holidays as a plumbers’ mate for his uncles to bring in some much-needed extra income. His memoirs offer a unique insight into the complex, sometimes self-serving but always fascinating world of British politics. Recorded on Sunday 28 October 2012 at Durham Book Festival. For more information about the festival, see
For the last show of the run Matt is joined by former Home and Foreign Secretary Jack Straw. Recorded live at St James Theatre. For details of The Political Party at Edinburgh Festival visit
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Aug 3rd, 1946
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3 hours, 54 minutes