Richard North, 31/01/2005  

We were thinking of writing a piece on the Iraq elections, noting how all the doomsayers and faint-hearts, like the EU’s Solana, are having to eat their words – very grudgingly. However, we cannot do it better than Diplomad.

We do note though that, despite threats of bombing and executions, the turnout was significantly higher than in the Euro-elections.

Maybe the government has got it wrong in trying to make it easier for us to vote, with its postal votes and all that. Perhaps if it threatened to execute us if we voted for the MEPs, turnout would increase.

Better still, if it promised to execute the MEPs we elected, I am sure turnout would soar.

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