Tim Blair


New Criterion



Friday, October 01, 2004
In case you hadn't noticed, Tony Blair has narrowly escaped by a six-to-one majority the anti-Iraq faction at British Labour's annual conference.

Can you imagine the passionate Iraqi, Shanaz Rashid, being invited to address the ALP annual conference?
Close to tears, she told party activists that many friends had perished under Saddam Hussein and she had kissed the ground with joy on arriving back at Baghdad after the war.

She praised the Prime Minister for “standing up” to Saddam and liberating the country.
If she did appear in Oz, then Simon Hoggart's dismissal in the Guardian could have been used:
A genuine Iraqi stood up in the Labour conference debate on Iraq. The effect was like tossing an electric fire into a tub full of eels. So of course the delegates more or less ignored her.