Another close ally, probably our closest is speaking his mind about Saddam Husseins verdict and the outcome. Interestingly enough the verdict was announced on Sunday, however the written verdict will not be available until Thursday.. how coincidental is that.. could this be another attempt at election manpulation. http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,3-2440598,00.html TONY BLAIR has said that he is opposed to the death penalty for Saddam Hussein and urged the Iraqi Government to reconsider its position. The Prime Minister, whose opposition to the death penalty for Saddam emerged reluctantly after persistent questioning yesterday at the monthly No 10 press conference, put himself at odds with President Bush on the issue. The EU is also opposed to Saddam being executed. Mr Blair said: ?We are against the death penalty, whether Saddam or anybody else.? Mr Blair refused to depict Saddam?s sentence as a turning-point in the Iraq conflict but added: ?The trial gives us a chance to see again what the past in Iraq was.? Later Downing Street said that Britain had reminded Iraq of the British Government?s opposition to the death penalty and asked it to consider that position. A poll for The Times has found that 58 per cent of the public want British troops to be withdrawn from Iraq ?as soon as possible even if Iraq is not completely stable?. The Populus poll, undertaken at the weekend, before the Saddam verdict, also suggests that 80 per cent of the public want a full inquiry into the Government?s handling of the war.