Flat Earth: Wrong end of stick

IT was good of Morocco to send a delegate to a meeting of the UN committee on torture in Geneva last week. Except they got it slightly wrong, and sent a senior policeman frequently accused of being a leading torturer himself. Yousfi Kadouri used to run the notorious Derb Moulay Cherif centre in Casablanca where hundreds of prisoners are said to have been tortured.

It's a bit like Evelyn Waugh's fictional Abyssinians responding to some visiting English ladies much concerned about cruelty to animals. ''Ah, we too are very cruel to animals in our own small way,'' the Abyssinians, hands on their hearts, assured their visitors.