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A Cereal Romance

by | 3rd, April 2006

‘CONDOLEEZZA Rice, the US Secretary of State, arrives in the UK with lots of baggage – chiefly the war in Iraq.

‘Are they the holes you’ve been telling me about?’

Rice is in Blackburn and Liverpool for the second of her dates with Foreign Secretary Jack Straw.

Date one was back in last year, when Rice took Straw to an American football match, a barbecue and the Alabama church where white supremecists killed four black girls back in 1963.

The diplomats got on like a cross on fire, and now it is Straw’s turn to show rice around his manor.

But Rice’s baggage is holding her back. As the Guardian reports, Rice was booked to visit Blackburn’s Masjid al- Hidayah mosque. She was to meet and greet the locals, and be liked.

But the trip has been cancelled. Hamid Qureshi, chairman of the Blackburn-based Lancashire Council of Mosques, says this was a visit arrange by Jack Straw’s office, which did not bother to consult the mosque.

“They might not have consulted with the congregation and members were very angry and decided she should not come,” says Qureshi. Ibrahim Master, a member of the mosque’s governing committee, says it is matter of principle. He tells the Independent: “The visit wasn’t cancelled because we don’t like Condoleezza Rice.” Of course not.

At least Rice can go to Blackburn’s Pleckgate high school as arranged. Can’t she? The Guardian sees a group of parents and protestors outside the school gates.

Hanif Dudhwala, a representative of the school’s community leaders’

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