I never thought I’d find myself agreeing agreeing with John Howard, but in this case I’ll make an exception.

Australian Prime Minister John Howard has ordered the country’s cricket team to pull out of a planned tour of Zimbabwe later this year.

He said the tour would be an “enormous propaganda boost” to Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe.

My only complaint is that his description of Robert Mugabe as a “grubby dictator” was too mild.

Wonder what my colleague Ray Ison thinks about it. He’s no admirer of Howard either.