Pity that cleric chose church instead of the political arena

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Behind Desmond Tutu’s beatific smile and impish personality lies a feisty and principled statesman.

He fought apartheid in his native South Africa all his adult life – but has still been an implacable opponent of Zimbabwe’s execrable Robert Mugabe and everything he stands for.

Now the Nobel Peace Prize winner has turned his ire on Tony Blair and George Dubya, who he reckons should be tried at The Hague over what he (and millions of others) regard as an unlawful invasion of Iraq.

Indeed, he recently refused to share a platform with the former British prime minister purely on a point of principle.

What a pity this virtuous cleric chose the church instead of the political arena as his battlefield in life.