An intriguing and dismaying excerpt from the Guardian’s live blog on Libya, concerning our ex-MP here in Norwich Souh and his own closeness to the (now utterly discredited and ousted) Gaddafi regime: [ http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/middle-east-live/2011/aug/24/libya-rebels-take-gaddafi-compound-live-updates#block-48#block-61 ]
>> 7.05pm: Luke Harding has…surveyed the now derelict residence of Britain’s ambassador in Libya, which was trashed and looted in March while Gaddafi’s soldiers looked on. Among the debris he found signs of the dubiuously close relationship between the ousted dictator and the UK’s former New Labour governments:
“The once-attractive art deco building was today a spectacularly gutted ruin. Fire had completely razed the ground floor; debris covered the sweeping marble staircase. All that was left of Her Majesty’s billiard table was a charred frame. Pieces of Minton bone china and the bottom of a Whittard teapot lay next to a ravaged dishwasher.
Osama Mohamad, a marine scientist whose son witnessed the destruction, said that Gaddafi’s officials had encouraged locals to destroy and rob the property. Osama said he was disappointed by Britain’s close relationship with Gaddafi, and by the invitation to Libya’s ambassador subsequently withdrawn to attend Prince William’s wedding. “Gaddafi’s been a dictator for 42 years. I don’t accept it. I accept it from Italy but not from Britain,” he said. He added: “Tony Blair is an adviser to Gaddafi. It’s strange.”
There was also a menu from a dinner given in honour of Charles Clarke a sign of Britain’s dubiously warm relations with Tripoli under the last Labour government. Clarke enjoyed spiced pumpkin soup with “pan-friend Dentishi” and “North African lamb with couscous and mixed vegetables.” The then Labour minister [was also] served a bottle of Chablis grand cru, as well as coffee and truffles.”
BLAIR AND HIS MAIN MINISTERS, SUCH AS CLARKE, HAVE COME OUT OF THIS AFFAIR VERY BADLY…