Jock and Awe: Tory MP’s Ba’ath Banter

A Tory MP has undertaken a banter lad tour of sites associated with Saddam Hussein’s despotic rule of Iraq. Aberdeen South MP Ross Thomson posed for cheeky snaps on the tyrant’s throne during a visit to Baghdad. He wrote on social media:

“Another terrific day in Iraq. I was able to channel my inner dictator with a visit to Saddam’s military parade ground The Swords of Qadisiyah (Victory Arch) and then sitting on Saddam’s throne at the British embassy”.

Must’ve been a nice change from Aberdeen…




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