"The British handed over Basra to the Iranians...Well done."
Then there's Australian Arthur Clampitt:
"I suspect that within a few months Basra will be taken over by the same hoods that would have taken over if the British had left on day one."
And from Tehran, Harroot Azarian:
"Just another step closer towards the Islamic Republic of Southern Iraq!!!! What a balls up!!!"
Hardly a scientific survey. But does British public opinion differ?