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Peter Hain and George Gallaway

This is an amusing piece on the battle on the fringes
of the Iraq Sanctions debate. 

Guardian Diary 

Matthew Norman 

Tuesday March 28, 2000 

 Sad to report, the relentless rise of Peter Hain is
under threat. Until recently, the foreign office
minister was lined up to replace Clare "Bomber" Short
(poor Bomber's sell-by date is close) both as Mr
Tony's preferred tame leftie and as minister for
international development. But then Peter mixed it up
with that Glaswegian street fighter George Galloway,
by frustrating George's plans to take a plane-load of
supplies to Iraq. The two exchanged irritable letters
in the Guardian before Peter made his big mistake: he
wrote to Glasgow's Herald accusing George of telling
fibs. Interfering in another MP's home patch is poor
form, and George swiftly launched a counter-strike,
first undermining the Neath MP's left-wing credentials
at home with letters attacking his role over sanctions
in all main Welsh papers; and then booking Neath town
hall for a public debate on May 8. When Peter said
he'd be in Angola, George offered any other date he
was free. A hounded-looking Peter now wanders around
the Commons complaining. Now Peter, no one likes a
whinger, any more than they like a chicken. Do stop
clucking, man, and debate the issue. 

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