Tony Blair has said he is planning to spend two weeks in an Iraqi jail in order to prove Iraq War critics wrong. "Everyone keeps saying Iraq is no better now than when Saddam was in power. I think that's nonsense," said Mr Blair. "Since a jail is something of a barometer for a country's human rights record, that's where I'm going in order to prove that everyone else was wrong and I was right. I'm sure it won't be a holiday camp, but that's what British jails are for."
Friends of Mr Blair have begged him not to go ahead with his plan, pointing to the record of horrific torture in Iraqi jails since the invasion, the lack of any kind of oversight of treatment of prisoners, who are often beaten and sometimes raped without ever coming to trial, and the lack of legal redress within Iraq for abuse within the prison system.
Mr Blair's critics have welcomed his proposal. Some are even offering to buy him the plane ticket to Iraq. Mr Blair has turned down these offers, explaining that he can probably bum a free ticket in his role as Middle East Peace Envoy.