The fact that Peter Hain has been replaced in cabinet by James Purnell, The Minister for Photoshopping and Doctoring Photos, led me to take a look through some historic conflict resolutions to see if Paul Flynn was right about Peter Hain's significant contribution to history.
The first piece of evidence is an old photo of Japenese officials boarding a US battleship to sign the surrender to signify the end of World War 2. Not many people know this but Emperor Hirohita later said it was down to Peter Hain's intervention that persuaded him to agree tothe surrender. Peter Hain can be seen ushering the Japanese forward (bottom right hand corner of the picture).
The second photo shows Peter Hain at the signing of the Camp David Peace accords signifying the end of hostilities between Israel and Egypt. Again "this couldn't have been done without Peter Hain" were the words uttered by Egyptian President Anwar Sadat after the meeting.
Finally, the final picture shows the Anti War March in 2003. Can you see Peter Hain ?
No, of course you can't. The odd thing is that Peter Hain was keen to join marches in the 1960's and 1970's, and quite rightly so, for people in South Africa (the country of his birth) but when he could have made a stand against war, against lies and deceit from a government he was part of, he was invisible.
Perhaps not the peace maker after all ?