Talk:Cabinet Office Briefing Room

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Two articles separated by External Links? Which one is better? I suggest a merging job. ZephyrAnycon 7 July 2005 22:53 (UTC)

Ten stories down? Cite, please? -- Karada 10:47, 13 July 2005 (UTC)

[1] says " COBR is a suite of offices within the Cabinet Office building and as such would not give any protection against an attack.", and then goes on to describe PINDAR, which is an underground citadel. Without the presence of a cite, I think it's safe to assume that COBR is not deep underground. -- The Anome 10:46, August 11, 2005 (UTC)


Given that the cited external links refer to COBRA, I propose that we move this back from Cabinet Office Briefing Rooms to Cabinet Office Briefing Room A.

James F. (talk) 22:16, 22 July 2005 (UTC)

I strongly disagree. Just because those links say Cobra does not mean it is correct (indeed, those articles could be the very cause of the claimed mistake in the addition of an 'a'). One could easily find official references to COBR (for example at the No10 and Cabinet Office sites) and substitute them for the existing links. What needs to be recognised is that there are many official references to both COBR and Cobra. Interestingly, the inclusion of an acronym usually presents the reader with 'COBR' while the inclusion of a name usually presents us with 'Cobra' - suggesting that the acronym has a basis in fact and the term is merely the written representation/transcription of the spoken word. [Also see the discussion on the 21 July attacks page regarding this subject.] 22:41, 22 July 2005 (UTC)

The Prime Minister's Official Spokesman refers to Cobra as does while UK Resilience (the Civil Contingencies Secretariat) refers to both COBR and Cobra. I think the text should make it clear that both are acceptable.

It has just been announced, in line with the very recent events in Iran concerning the seizure of UK Navy troops COBRA will meet at 4pm, should this be added to the article? (Announced at 1447 on BBC News 24)

This title will always cause a problem. It a semantic point, but an important one that "COBR" cannot "meet" it is a physical suite of buildings. It is "COBRA", the colloquial name of the Civil Contingencies Committee which meets in COBR room A. I think we should seek some form of standardisation of the terminology here and where we are talking about the meetings we should always use COBRA not COBR. Chris 18:02, 30 June 2007 (UTC)

Glasgow Airport[edit]

They announced on BBC News 24 that Gordon Brown will, but hasn't yet 18:00 BST 30/6/07 held a COBRA meeting. You will probably want that it soon...? St91 17:00, 30 June 2007 (UTC)

Incidents when COBR has been used[edit]

Do we really need to list every single (known) occurrence in the last couple of years? I'm sure there's a WP guideline somewhere advising against creating great long chronological lists like that. 11:52, 26 July 2007 (UTC)

Director of the SAS[edit]

There is no such appointment as 'Director of the SAS'. There are Commanding Officers of the various SAS Regiments, and a Director Special Forces (DSF) that also has responsbility for other areas of UKSF responsibility. Darth Doctrinus 18:43, 4 August 2007 (UTC)

Seeing inside[edit]

If you are in the UK and can access the BBC iPlayer then watch "The Secret World of Whitehall" Part One: The Real Sir Humphrey to see the big steel door of COBRA and inside the room itself. --AlisonW (talk) 00:19, 18 March 2011 (UTC)

Proposed merge with Civil Contingencies Committee[edit]

COBR article goes into far greater details of the meetings, Civil Contingencies Committee would be better suited as a section in COBR. RA0808 talkcontribs 04:26, 26 May 2017 (UTC)