One minute, he is virtually the Islamic devil-incarnate. The next, he is the nice democrat fighting against the forces of theocratic evil. So why has The Oz changed its tune on Sheik Hilaly?

Readers will recall the virulent campaign waged by The Oz against Hilaly, a campaign which was so nasty that it virtually entrenched his position. One edition of the newspaper devoted an entire 7 broadsheet pages to Sheik Hilaly’s infamous catmeat sermon. The paper also lashed into Hilaly’s translator and adviser Keysar Trad.