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Thursday 21st December, 2006

  • Newsnight
  • 21 Dec 06, 05:48 PM

haditha203i.jpgHow do you reconcile a hearts and minds campaign in Iraq with the killing of 24 unarmed civilians in the town of Haditha? The case has drawn comparisons with the My Lai massacre during the Vietnam war - an atrocity that prompted outrage around the world and lost American support at home. This trial could have similar ramifications for how the troops are received in Iraq - and ultimately whether their numbers are boosted or withdrawn. Also: Ethical Man on domestic wind turbines; Northwick Park drugs trial victim interview; and the British Army aide in Afghanistan accused of spying under the Official Secrets act. Plus an Oh My Newsnight video on the production of cocaine in Colombia.
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I am not a transvestite, I just want to talk green electricity

  • Justin Rowlatt -
  • 21 Dec 06, 05:05 PM

zola203.jpgTake a look at the picture of my four-year-old, Zola. I defy you to deny that she appears a sweet and gentle child. But beware: Zola also has a wicked sense of humour.

Last week she may have besmirched my reputation with her teachers forever and may also have ruined my chances of the school governorship I had set my sights on.

Her nursery school teacher, Mrs D, was making herself a cup of tea when Zola proffered that her father likes wearing tights.

Now Mrs D is not one to encourage gossiping in children but she couldn’t help but blurt out a shocked “really?”

“Yes,” Zola confirmed. “He put on Mummy’s tights and now Mummy is very angry with him.”

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