Nearly as irritating as Madeleine Bunting is fellow grauniad Jonathan Steele. Check out this for liberal logic: Iraq's "constitution will be declared to have passed, because the Bush administration wants it passed. It paves the way for elections in December, which will be spun as further proof of Iraq's gradual democratisation." So, Steele is saying that elections are not a good indicator of democratisation. Presumably, more Ba'athist gulags would be what Steele would need to see before agreeing that Iraq was actually becoming more democratic.
In the same article, by the way, he uses the word "resistance" to talk about the Islamo-Ba'athist insurgency, which, as I have repeatedly argued on this blog, is a good indicator of morally bankrupt anti-democratic thinking.