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This week rather smaller numbers turned out to oppose the war than they did back in February 2003. Ian McEwan's new novel, Saturday, is set on that day in February. I have enjoyed listening to him talking about that demonstration, because he is one of the few public figures to talk about his ambivalence about the war and opposition to war. He used a nice phrase in one interview, saying he was "55% against the war", which probably captures my attitude too. The anti-hero of the new book is probably 55% in favour of the war. If you click this link this week you can hear it being read on the BBC.