Jack Straw (right) UK Foreign Minister at the time of 9 11.
Jack Straw supported the invasion of Iraq.
Richard Ingrams in The Independent wondered whether Straw's predecessor as Foreign Secretary, Robin Cook, was removed at George Bush's request.
One of Jack Straw's maternal great-grandparents was a Jewish German immigrant.
Straw and Rice
Reportedly George Bush eventually had Jack Straw sacked as UK Foreign Secretary.
Jack Straw's son, William Straw, was cautioned by Police for drug dealing.
Jack Straw has a brother who was convicted of a sex attack on a schoolgirl.
Prime Minister Harold Wilson. Website for this image
Jack Straw has been linked to the trial of the leader of the Liberal Party, Jeremy Thorpe, who was accused of trying to murder 'his boyfriend'.
In 2002, a tape-recording surfaced of Harold Wilson discussing the scandal and saying: "Look, I saw Jack Straw, he's very worried if he were mentioned in this context, he thinks he'll be finished."
Jack Straw's mother, daughter of a bus mechanic. http://www.dailymail.co.uk
Jack Straw has written "Last Man Standing: Memoirs of a Political Survivor", to be published in September 2012.
From this we learn:
1. Jack Straw's father, Arthur Straw, was born in a coal mining village.
When World War II broke out, Arthur Straw was imprisoned as a conscientious objector.
Jack Straw, as a baby, with his father
2. Jack Straw's parents had a stormy marriage.
"We’d hear the trading of insults, the pots being smashed down on the draining board and cupboard doors slammed in the kitchen below."
3. As a nine years old child, Jack Straw witnessed his mother's brothers beating up his father, Arthur Straw.
"Around lunchtime the following day I smelt gas, lots of it. I went into the kitchen, and found my father slumped over the table...
"I turned the taps off and went to get my mother. She was furious. She stormed into the kitchen, and told my father that if he was intending to take his life, not to involve the children."
Jack Straw, aged 13
4. Jack Straw was sent to a boarding school, called Brentwood.
His parents separated.
Jack's father "couldn’t even manage a card on our birthdays."
5. Jack ran away from his school more than once.
"I had to run like mad at one point to get away from a man who offered me a shilling for my bus fare if I went with him into the bushes."
His headmaster said that "good order would break down if a boy continued to run away."
The headmaster than caned him, three strokes on the backside.
6. Jack Straw became a school prefect.
A fifteen years old boy was found dead in his study, gassed.
"Only the night before I and another prefect had had to have words with him.
"I’ve often wondered whether this talking-to had in any way tipped xxx over the edge. I’ll never know for sure, but it turned out that xxx had given his reasons in a suicide note.
"He believed that he was gay - ‘queer’ in the brutal parlance of the time. He could not discuss this with his parents or anyone at the school...
"The year before, two boys had been expelled for homosexual activities...
"The truth of xxx's death was hushed up. The whole school was warned not to say anything. The coroner referred to the note and ‘some fearful burden’ on Robertson’s mind but didn’t say what it was."
Jack Straw, who became boss of the National Union of Students.
7. After Jack Straw left Leeds University he became President of the National Union of Students.
(The security service MI5 likes to recruit leading student figures, who then become leading politicians.)
8. Jack Straw's first wife was Anthea Weston, who developed anorexia.
In 1976, Jack and Anthea produced a child called Rachel.
Rachel was six days old when she died.
9. Jack Straw became a Member of Parliament.
He writes: "I now fell into a serious depression, accompanied by terrible nightmares."
He went to see a psychoanalyst.
"I continue to see him occasionally," he writes