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I’m sorry, you haven’t a Clwyd

Issue No. 1912

BLAIR’S specially appointed apologist for the war on Iraq found herself in an tight spot on Radio 4’s Today programme on Monday of this week.

Ann Clwyd MP was busy explaining why life for Iraqis has improved under the occupation and security was slowly returning.

Interviewer: “Do you see any real difference in the security situation since the handover of power?”

Clwyd: “Well I do, because I was here at the end of May before the handover, and you know several times a day in Baghdad I’d hear explosions.

“I’ve actually heard nothing since I’ve been here over the last few days, and according to the Iraqis themselves, they think that the violence here in Baghdad has died down…”

Interviewer: “Ann Clwyd, sorry to interrupt, but I just wanted to…news wires just as you’re speaking tell me that a car bomb has exploded in Baghdad, that there have been mortar attacks on a couple of ministries in the Iraqi capital.

“I hear what you’re saying, but it doesn’t sound to the outsider as though things are any better.”

A little later Clueless was asked about the appalling human rights record of Iraq’s stooge prime minister, Ayad Allawi, the former figures from Saddam’s regime he’s rehabilitated, and his plans to introduce repressive “anti-terror” laws.

“Even when we have to introduce laws in Britain to deal with terrorists there are debates in our parliament,” she explained, “and people argue, some people argue that it’s an infringement of human rights.

“Other people argue that it’s necessary if we are to tackle terrorism, and this kind of debate certainly is going on in Iraq and people expect Ayad Allawi to do something…”

Why do people expect him to do something?

Well, according to Clueless, it’s because of “the security situation”—presumably the one that is getting better by the day.


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Sat 31 Jul 2004, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1912
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