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Peter Hain 'didn't obstruct Galloway flight'

Journalist John Casey complained in an earlier Spectator article that he
had been kept off the Galloway flight to Iraq by the UK Foreign
Office. Hain replies in the current (1 April) issue on p.28.  He says 
he asked the UN sanctions committee to approve a flight with 29
passengers, which it did. However, "To my surprise, Galloway had announced
the cancellation of the flight a few hours earlier on the spurious pretext
that some routine questions from the committee were 'illegal.' John Casey
complains that he was turfed off the flight by the reduction in numbers I
had agreed with Galloway. He is in good company. Galloway droppped all the
doctors and humanitarian experts, too, in favour of journalists and
anti-sanctions compaigners" (journalists except John Casey, evidently -

Later on, we learn from Hain that "there is a massive and entirely
unconditional humanitarian programme" to help Iraq, and that Kofi Annan
says that the 'programme has provided substantial asistance to address
pressing humanitarian needs'. Moreover, "there is no limit on Iraqi oil
sales; Iraq is one of the world's biggest oil exporters" and "no-one
starves in that part of Iraq where Saddam's writ does not run but the same
sanctions apply."

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