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Why George Galloway’s luck may finally be running out

Respect has dwindled, his mayoral campaign has failed to catch fire, and several groups of investigators are circling…

2 January 2016

9:00 AM

2 January 2016

9:00 AM

The race to be London Mayor is the biggest personality contest in politics. And one personality looms largest: George Galloway, back from Bradford and seeking his fortune on the capital’s streets.

In his public appearances, the Respect party leader has been on his usual bombastic form. But dig a little deeper, and it becomes apparent that his campaign — and his career — is on the shakiest ground.

In 2012, Galloway won the Bradford West by-election by 10,000 votes: a staggering coup. But at the general election this year his party was drummed out of town. Not only did Galloway lose, but Respect’s four councillors (who had only recently rejoined after a spat with their leader) have abandoned it again. Its registered headquarters is now a tanning salon.

Respect barely exists in Bradford — or anywhere else. In 2013, the membership fell to 230 people. Last year, that had rebounded to 630 — but beyond their membership fees, Respect raised only £1,133 in donations. Its assets were just £1,947.

Galloway’s mayoral campaign is, thus far, equally underpowered. His crowdfunding site has raised £3,140 of its £100,000 target. His launch in June attracted fewer than 200 people, and his campaign has just 1,289 followers on Twitter. Respect’s London messageboards and Facebook pages are a wasteland.

To understand how Galloway found himself in these straits, you have to understand what happened in Bradford.

As he had in Bethnal Green & Bow in 2005, Galloway swept into office amid genuine excitement. In particular, he represented a break from the biraderis — the Kashmiri clans who controlled local politics, and the local Labour party. But soon it all went — well, a bit Galloway. He alienated female constituents by claiming Julian Assange was guilty not of rape but ‘bad sexual etiquette’: ‘Not everybody needs to be asked prior to each insertion.’ He denied that Bashar al-Assad had used chemical weapons. He declared Bradford an ‘Israel-free zone’. He proved extraordinarily sensitive to slights real and imagined, blocking dozens of Twitter users.

Above all, the new MP seemed more concerned about his own profile than the voters’ wellbeing. ‘He’s a great orator, a great campaigner, but he’s not a very good constituency MP,’ says Mo Shafiq of the Ummah Channel, who was a supporter of Galloway’s, and still admires his foreign policy positions. ‘People didn’t see him out in the constituency.’

So what was he doing? Despite historically having one of Parliament’s worst attendance records, Galloway found time to host weekly television shows for Russia Today and Iran’s Press TV. He also flew to Beirut to record a fortnightly show for Al-Mayadeen TV. His total earnings from these amounted to just under £400,000.

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Still, at the 2015 election, Galloway seemed set fair: not only had he made his peace with the biraderis, but the Labour selection was left hideously late. The winner then pulled out days later, handing the poisoned chalice to Naz Shah, a 41-year-old health worker and activist.

The campaign that followed was truly vicious. Shah was open about her traumatic history: abandoned by her father at six; sent to Pakistan to escape the depredations of her mother’s drug-dealer partner, whom her mother later murdered, at 12; subject to a forced marriage at 15.

Instead of sympathy, she received horrendous abuse. Galloway accused her of being a ‘liar’, of leading a ‘squalid, sorry life’, of the ‘slander of her own family, community and city’, of peddling ‘racist stereotypes’. At a stormy public debate, he waved what he claimed was her Pakistani marriage certificate to show she had been married at 16, not 15. ‘There were questions about her integrity, her forced marriage — it was very distasteful,’ says Shafiq. ‘People thought: “If this is how he speaks to her, how would he speak to my daughter?’’ ’

Elsewhere, Ben Judah, a reporter for Politico, claimed to have been hounded out of a Respect meeting by Galloway lackeys who punched him in the face and called him a ‘fucking Jew’.

Yet for all the sound and fury, much of Galloway’s support had drained away. ‘In 2012, apparently there were people fighting to get on the battle bus,’ says George Grant, the Tory candidate. ‘In 2015, it was a bit pathetic — just him and a couple of cronies.’ He also appeared to regard door-knocking as beneath him, sticking mostly to his bus.

‘He didn’t seem to have the machinery for a campaign,’ says Shah. ‘He just did the same thing over and over.’ In one of the surprises of election night, she turned his 10,000 majority into an 11,420 majority of her own.

The Respect leader claimed he would contest the result, citing ‘widespread malpractice’ involving postal voting. (No such petition has been lodged.) Galloway and Shah also each accused the other of violating the Representation of the People Act, which prohibits false and malicious statements by candidates or their agents. It is not known whether he lodged a formal complaint, but she certainly did, resulting in Galloway being questioned by West Yorkshire Police. The force confirmed to The Spectator that a file is being submitted to the Crown Prosecution Service, though it would not identify the individuals concerned.

Yet his controversial election campaign is not the only aspect of Galloway’s time in Bradford that casts doubt over his suitability to run London — or even to hold public office.

His main sponsor in the city in 2012 was a firm called Chambers Solicitors, whose office he used as a base. After the election, he moved into the building opposite, for which he claimed office costs from Ipsa, the parliamentary expenses authority. Both properties are owned by Mohammed Yousaf, patriarch of the family that runs Chambers and the owner of a string of betting shops in Bradford, Halifax, Leeds, Wakefield and Castleford. A strange landlord for a politician who has condemned gambling as ‘a vice more damaging than heroin’.

In February this year, some viewers of Question Time (on which Galloway was appearing) accused him of anti-Semitism. They received legal letters from Chambers demanding an apology, compensation and the immediate payment of £5,000, plus VAT, to cover the firm’s expenses. The demand was so extortionate that Mark Lewis, the libel lawyer at Seddons who led the charge on phone-hacking, reported Chambers to the Solicitors Regulation Authority. The case is ongoing — as are fraud proceedings at Leeds Crown Court involving two Chambers solicitors, unconnected with the firm’s work for Galloway (they have denied any wrongdoing).

Galloway also has other problems. In 2009, he launched an organisation called Viva Palestina to deliver aid to Gaza. It has now been taken over by the Charity Commission, over concerns about serious financial mismanagement; the inquiry is ongoing, but its bank accounts have been frozen and its trustee (the head of the Scottish branch of Respect) suspended.

Galloway has also been sued by two of his former PAs, one of whom claimed £176,000 in unpaid expenses. The other, Aisha Ali-Khan, he accused of spying on him after discovering that her partner worked for Scotland Yard. She was convicted of encouraging her husband to access confidential emails. But her claim that Galloway misappropriated public funds by getting her to carry out personal chores such as buying his underwear and organising his wedding was taken seriously enough by Ipsa to be passed to the Metropolitan Police, which has launched yet another investigation.

Galloway not only denies any wrong-doing, but appears undeterred by his travails. When questioned by The Spectator about his dealings with Chambers, and various other issues, we were informed by his spokesman that: ‘The answers you seek are, a) already in the public domain except where they are b) none of Mr Galloway’s business or, c) none of your business.’

Galloway has been buoyed by the leftward tilt of his old party. Despite his leader-ship of Respect, he spent the summer demanding that he be readmitted to Labour, from which he was expelled in 2003 for calling for Arabs to rise up against British troops in Iraq and for British troops to disobey their orders. Many of Jeremy Corbyn’s team are believed to support his readmission: in particular, Galloway claims Corbyn’s press spokesman Seumas Milne is his ‘closest friend’ and that the two have spoken almost daily for 30 years.

Ken Livingstone recently stirred the pot by saying that ‘of course we should take him back’. Others, however, appear to have had their fill of his particular brand of psychodrama. Dawn Butler, the chair of the women’s Parliamentary Labour Party, warned of an ‘almighty revolt’ (particularly over his ‘ugly track record in opposing Labour women’) and said Corbyn had reassured her he wasn’t coming back. The Labour leader, for his part, tweeted approvingly after Galloway’s victory in 2012 — but has denounced his tactics in 2015 as ‘appalling’.

Of course, Galloway has shown a remarkable ability to bounce back — to dismiss his critics as Zionists and capitalists, to convince Muslim voters that Pakistan and Palestine matter more than Peckham and Putney. And he still has the megaphone offered by his Twitter account.

But a law of diminishing returns does set in. Galloway has no machine, no funding, and precious few friends. He takes endless Twitter potshots at Labour’s mayoral candidate, Sadiq Khan, accusing him last year of being ‘a rancid traitor to his faith and to any conceivable definition of Labour’ and more recently of supporting Corbyn ‘as the rope does the hanging man’. Yet the Khan team confirm that they consider him strategically irrelevant.

Galloway likes to consider himself a statesman and showman whose voice is heard around the world. But he’s more like Gilderoy Lockhart in Harry Potter. Both are dazzling media performers who see the world largely through the prism of their own self-regard. Both are snappy dressers (Galloway’s passion for tailoring recently saw him acquire the lease on a vintage clothes shop in Portobello). And in both cases, the act eventually wears desperately thin.

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  • Mow_the_Grass

    Absolute POS.
    An opportunist who would sell his mother if the price was right.
    Scottish with a muslim mentality.
    A arab/muslim wh&re masquarading as a man.
    btw – ‘Chambers Soliciters’ – you wanna serve me with papers come down to the southern Arava and ask for me (they know me well there)
    LOL

  • Clive

    He seems similar to Tommy Sheridan. I am sure both check the mirror before doing anything else.

    He also underlines the British media’s penchant for re-engaging with crooks and liars.

  • Clive

    He seems similar to Tommy Sheridan. I am sure both check the mirror before doing anything else.

    He also underlines the British media’s penchant for re-engaging with crooks and liars.

    That especially applies to Andrew Neil who seems to be a friend of this worthless arsehole.

  • Freddythreepwood

    ‘He’s a great orator, a great campaigner, ‘

    He’s a pillock.

    • Disgruntledgoat

      I should also like to take this opportunity to salute his courage, his strength, his indefatigability.

      • Freddythreepwood

        His mastery of the parasitic arts.

        He’s a pillock.

      • P.

        You do live up to your commentator nick. Especially the second part.

      • cba

        I see what you did there… I don’t quite wish him the same fate as his erstwhile hero, but if he were removed from the public stage (albeit under different circumstances), I would not shed any tears.

  • Ben Marsden

    Good article. Galloway is absolutely foul in every way. Not a single redeeming feature.

    • mightymark

      Oh come now – his cat impersonation added somewhat to the gaiety of the nation!

  • James Xenophon

    Another hatchet job.

    • Fasdunkle

      how so?

      • James Xenophon

        This is basically just a laundry list of controversies and claims surrounding Galloway, most of them manufactured by a hostile media and his political enemies. So he questions the accusations against Assange? Like every independent-minded person I’d imagine. So he pointed out that Naz Shah was lying about being forced into marriage at 15 – and somehow he ends up the bad guy because of it. He cast doubt on the claims Assad used chemical weapons – like just about everyone else does nowadays. So the law firm he used is involved in controversy for reasons unrelated to him – but it gets mentioned in an article about him anyway just to smear him by association. He sued people for accusing him of anti-semitism – rightly so, since there’s not a shred of evidence he is an anti-semite and plenty of evidence that he isn’t. As someone who despises what Israel stands for, I take personal offence that somebody is labelled an anti-semite for wanting to treat that regime like that of apartheid South Africa.

        This is just a pack of lies and distortions. And let me add that I’m disturbed by his associations with scumbags like Saddam Hussein and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. But I’m also disturbed by the associations various British have had with even worse dictators. And it is they and their lackeys who are spreading smear after smear about Galloway because he supports different dictators to the ones they do. Look in the mirror.

        • Fasdunkle

          “He sued people for accusing him of anti-semitism”

          did he? When?

        • Mow_the_Grass

          Just one thing ‘pal/ette’
          Jy weet niks nie van apartheid in Suid Africa vs die situasie in Israel/You know nothing about apartheid in SA vs the situation as it exists in Israel.
          Simply put less than ten percent of the populace ruled over the other ninety percent.
          In Israel twenty percent of the populace being arab have that exact same percentage representation in the Knesset.
          Thats not ‘apartheid’ – its called democracy (about 100 percent more than would be seen in any arab/muslim country)
          Hoe weet ek dit/How do i know this – because unlike a little keyboard warrior typing out of a bedsit in Britland – i have spent my life in both countries.
          Now back to the drawing board.

          • Fasdunkle

            this week a Jewish Israeli former PM was sent to jail by an Arab Israeli judge. Apartheid?

            Meanwhile in Indonesia a woman was caned for being found near a man

          • Mow_the_Grass

            Go figure.

          • Gilbert White

            The man was cained as well, not a lot of people know that? Oh by the a way a negro was sentenced to a whipping in a nearby country for fraud as well.

          • Mary Ann

            Actually, if not many people know the man was caned as well that is an indictment of the so called free press giving more ammunition to the haters of Islam.

          • Gilbert White

            Mary you do not do irony, or whipped negroes?

          • Damaris Tighe

            Ah, equal opportunity caning for adultery. That’s ok then. I’m relieved.

          • Fasdunkle

            caning people for being near each other is a great advert for islam

          • Mary Ann

            In all fairness though, the man was caned as well.

          • James Xenophon

            You’ve clearly never been to the West Bank then.

          • Sally Amsterdamer

            Have you been to Judea and Samaria?

          • Mow_the_Grass

            On numerous occasions – not all peaceful

        • Jackthesmilingblack

          Can’t imagine George is popular with the Daily Telegraph after he took them to court for libel and won the case.

        • Sally Amsterdamer

          There is no apartheid in Israel

          • Sally Amsterdamer

            The most obvious focus for apartheid would be the country’s 20% Arab population. Under Israeli law, Arab Israelis have exactly the same rights as Jews or anyone else; Muslims have the same rights as Jews or Christians; Baha’is, severely persecuted in Iran, flourish in Israel, where they have their world center; Ahmadi Muslims, severely persecuted in Pakistan and elsewhere, are kept safe by Israel; the holy places of all religions are protected under a specific Israeli law. Arabs form 20% of the university population (an exact echo of their percentage in the general population).
            In Iran , the Bahai’s (the largest religious minority) are forbidden to study in any university or to run their own universities. Arabs in Israel can go anywhere they want, unlike blacks in apartheid South Africa . They use public transport, they eat in restaurants, they go to swimming pools, they use libraries, they go to cinemas alongside Jews – something no blacks were able to do in South Africa .
            Israeli hospitals not only treat Jews and Arabs, they also treat Palestinians from Gaza or the West Bank. On the same wards, in the same operating theaters.
            In Israel , women have the same rights as men: there is no gender apartheid. Gay men and women face no restrictions, and Palestinian gays often escape into Israel, knowing they may be killed at home.

        • nickwilde

          Israel “stands for” a return for Jews to their ancestral lands after the murder and persecution of millions of Jews in Europe over two millennia. It constitutes a tiny sliver of land surrounded by despotic and backward Arab nations many times its size yet it provides its Arab citizens with the same rights as its Jewish ones. If you despise Israel then I can safely say that I also despise you and I sincerely hope you do take that personally.

          • Brian V Hunt

            The indigenous people of the Land of Israel are the Children
            of Israel not the Arabs. The Jews of today have a genetically and historically unbroken and direct connection with the Jews of Ancient Israel. The so called Palestinians have no connection at all with the Philistines who’s name the have appropriated without any justification. These Arabs are largely the decedents of Syrians, Egyptians, Lebanese, [Slav] Bosnians and Iraqis who arrived in the Holy Land in the late 1800s and early 1900s. There are Black Afro-Palestinian “Arabs” who were brought to the Holy Land by the Turks and as slaves in the mid-1800s or who went on the Haj to Mecca and then on to visit Jerusalem but did not return home to Chad, Senegal, etc. A small minority of Palestinian “Arabs” can trace some of their ancestry
            further back to Greek Byzantine settlers. The Land of Israel belongs to its indigenous inhabitants, the Children of Israel not the so called Palestinian Arabs.

        • Steve

          You hate Jews Jim; that’s what people really mean when they say things like ‘I despise what Israel stands for’. Because the reality is Israel is a beacon of progressiveness and tolerance in an area known for it’s barbarity and often vile cultural mores. It merely wants to exist on what has been it’s land long since a bunch of displaced Jordanians, Syrians and Egyptians decided it was their so called spiritual homeland in the middle of the last century, and is surrounded on all sides by regimes who want to wipe it out simply because they, like you, like the huge majority of left wingers, like the BDS vermin, like George Galloway, hate Jews. And the thing is Jim, I respect your opinion and you’re entitled to it. But be honest, with yourself, and others. Galloway hates Jews and you hate Jews. And neither he or you will ‘sue’ me for saying that, because it is the truth.

  • HJ777

    Galloway is, rather obviously, an absurd character. This doesn’t worry me in the slightest.

    What concerns me is that there seems to be no shortage of deluded souls who take Galloway and the sort of incoherent views he, and others of his ilk come out with, seriously. Anyone who doubts this need only read the comments section in The Guardian.

    • João Manuel Gomes

      I’d actually disagree with you on the last part (regarding the Guardian’s comment section) since it seems that nowadays many are actually starting to TURN against the incoherent Liberal babble being spewed by it’s columnists.

  • JabbaTheCat

    All you have to do is watch Galloway sycophantically brown nose Saddam Hussein on camera, then watch and listen to Galloway’s blatant attempts at denial, again on camera, to get a true measure of how thoroughly odious a human being he truly is…
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LzWNXEtwHUc

    • James Xenophon

      Why are you so fixated on a powerless figure like Galloway brown-nosing dictators, but have no problem when the British PM does the same thing? Why are people so thick as to allow the media to dictate whose unsavoury associations they condemn? Can you not think for yourself:
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k3XHowcSVOg

      • JabbaTheCat

        Given that Galloway’s name appears in the title and article body text thirty something times might give you an idea, go figure…

      • Damaris Tighe

        Galloway got paid generously for it. That’s why he is a very rich man.

    • Jackthesmilingblack

      Meeting Saddam Hussein in Baghdad, it would be smart to say something nice if you wanted to leave in one piece.

      • JabbaTheCat

        Yeah, but not to the degree of licking someones ring piece in the process like Galloway…

  • Halo

    Galloway now needs to go away. Disrespecting almost everyone and calling his “party” respect” isn’t clever now is it. Still, that’s all evaporated on him. He seems a man full of self love. He could perhaps open up a chip shop or something and at least do a community some sort of service in the future.

  • CK

    He hasn’t a chance in London after all of what’s happened in Bradford–and I think he knows this. Just buying time. When he does eventually get trounced by either Khan or Goldsmith in May, what will be his next move? Relocating to Tower Hamlets?

    • Sally Amsterdamer

      Emigrate to Gaza hopefully 😉

  • Ivan Ewan

    Hoping Galloway will find time to campaign from the inside of another ambulance. 🙂

    • Gilbert White

      This is a slippery road well known to Galloway’s friends.

      • Ivan Ewan

        Not surprised that even his friends wouldn’t mind it if he suffered another serious injury.

        • Gilbert White

          Ivan nothing to do with him or his vileness it is about us?

  • Adrian_Parkes

    @GallowayExposed is the best Twitter account for all things Galloway.

    https://twitter.com/GallowayExposed

    • CK

      Galloway Exposed, Sued By Galloway, and the newest one is his name, but “O” in Galloway is replaced with a 0.

  • new_number_2

    I don’t think Labour should take Galloway back.

    • http://www.todayinah.co.uk/ Alternate Historian

      well does anyone get back into the Labour Party after a spat LOL

  • Roger Hudson

    The cynic would say that he may be in it for the money,

    • Brian V Hunt

      Iranian money direct from Tehran.

  • Picquet

    Surely we still remember that fellow in Liverpool, Derek, er, whatsisname who went on to become a timeshare salesman somewhere? He had similar principles; self.

    • Jack Frost

      Citizen Hatton I believe.

  • Gilbert White

    His house in Portugal has been broken into many times as well.

    • Orit Cohen

      I heard that it’s often Israeli backpackers breaking in. They like to crash there, use the facilities and then nick stuff to sell and fund their trips post army…

  • http://www.workinprogress.com Nicetime

    When is a real investigation, journalistic or otherwise, going to be undertaken of the electoral practices in the Muslim community in this country? The left are trying to shut down debate with the usual cry of ‘racism’, but they have to be faced down. Currently Labour are benefiting from curiously high turnouts and block postal votes among the followers of the religion of peace. Oldham was won almost exclusively on Muslim votes.

    Of course the parallel question is, just what is it going to take to get the white working class to engage in the political process. I suspect Australia has the politics it does because of mandatory voting. Maybe we should follow suit

    • red2black

      This article seems to show that things compulsory favour the Left
      http://www.menzieshouse.com.au/?p=2690

      • robertsonjames

        Precisely. Labour would be the beneficiary if the disproportionately large non-voting elements among the poor and the young were somehow made to participate in elections. Indeed this is so obvious that I’m surprised that, along with the equally blatant self-interest behind their demand for lowering the voting age, the Left aren’t also campaigning for compulsory voting.

        • red2black

          My own view is that people should vote, but not be compelled to.
          I think there would be resistance, including from sections on the Left, to making not voting a criminal offence. Abstention is allowed in Parliament.

    • Dutchnick

      The new voter registration is a start but still there is a serious need to investigate and were necessary prosecute. Some hope!

    • Dutchnick

      The new voter registration is a start but still there is a serious need to investigate and were necessary prosecute. Some hope!

    • robertsonjames

      I’m not sure why you think our politics would be improved if all those radical left-wing non-voters in the 18-25 age group who fooled the opinion pollsters into thinking we were going to get a Miliband government but who on the day didn’t bother turning out were actually forced to do so.

      On the current scenarios Corbyn would be much the greatest beneficiary of any successful attempt to force non-voters to cast their ballots.

    • GIVVO6_B

      How about investigating the money run elections of the ridiculous USA and the elections run by the apartheid entity called Israel or the non-elections held by America’s allies in the Gulf States?

  • Toy Pupanbai

    Assad was cleared of the use of Chemical Weapons and that the ‘Rebels’, were responsible.
    So telling the Truth doesn’t pay with the sheep!

    • S&A

      Who ‘cleared’ him?

      • Fasdunkle

        Galloway

    • Chas Grant

      I seem to recall it being suggested that the supposed chemical weapon incident was staged by Saudi “advisors”.

      • UKSteve

        I believe not. The rebels used the weapons (thought to be supplied by Iran) without factoring the wind, and the chemical clouds blew back on them.

        It was reported in western media as an attack by al-Assad – it wasn’t.

        The mainstream media is becoming redundant, thankfully, as it’s been nothing but a state propaganda tool for decades now.

    • UKSteve

      Exactly, it was witnessed by a UN official who was later gagged, because it went against the propaganda.

  • Peter Simple

    Don’t worry on Galloway’s account. He will never starve. Whatever happens to his political “career”, he will always be living high on the hog. The BBC will see to that.

  • Gilbert White

    Luck ? Anybody else would have been prosecuted years ago?

  • roccolore

    The “Respect” party has no respect for England.

  • Guest

    Good riddance to bad rubbish.

  • Peter Shaw

    What surprises me the most is the kind of idiots and clowns that vote for this man. I think there is much more to why he gets elected than meets the eye…..George Galloway personifies everything I hate about Scottish politicians…as well as politics in the UK in general.

  • Zhang Wei
  • Guest

    “Your excellency, let me suck on those dictatorial nuts of yours”

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B3VgQDULX84

  • Graeme S

    Know a man by the company he keeps……… Galloway is so hate filled which immeasurably makes him blind to prudence.
    He is a reverse chok ice

  • gillardgone

    He is like a dog that likes to lick his a** and then bark at everybody.

  • Innit Bruv

    Les chiens aboient et la caravane passe….
    May I take this opportunity to wish the Spectator (with the exception of Peter Oborne and Matthew Parris), and most of its readers, a Cr@ppy New Year 2016.

    • Caviar luvvie

      No matter how bad our year will be, it’ll be much much MUCH worse for you muslims.
      Thanks to your brothers, sisters, and Allah of course.
      Keep slaughtering each other.
      I’ll distribute the popcorn.

      • Innit Bruv

        I’m not a Muslim, you useless f@ckwit.

        • Caviar luvvie

          Oh just a dhimmi then.
          Your year will be shiite too.
          But then again, all your years are.

          • Innit Bruv

            Not a dhimmi either.
            I simply have an aversion to the baying mob,
            to which you obviously belong.

        • voidist

          why should we believe you ..kwickfat ?

          • Innit Bruv

            Die, you silly oik.

          • voidist

            is that all you got ?

          • Innit Bruv

            That’s more than you’re worth.

          • voidist

            try again….

          • Orit Cohen

            You are Galloway.

      • GIVVO6_B

        May the West and especially America receive as many casualties as the number of dead and wounded Muslims caused by the bomb happy US clowns during their vile war crimes.

  • Brian V Hunt

    I don’t understand why George Galloway’s very good friends in the government of Iran don’t just write him an other check as usual?

    • victor67

      Much the same as some in the Tory party being beholden to the house of Saud.
      I would regard the Iranians as marginally less noxious.

      • GIVVO6_B

        A lot less noxious as they allow women to drive and they hold democratic elections and don’t need super delegates to destroy democracy like the Yanks,

      • Orit Cohen

        Of course publicly hanging gays or anyone else that disagrees with you is not noxious. God you are vile.

    • http://rantingoldgit.blogspot.co.uk/ Arthur Sparknottle

      That should say ‘another cheque,’ not ‘check’.

      • Brian V Hunt

        It is spelled cheque in the UK, check in the USA and either cheque or check in Canada. Check it out.

    • GIVVO6_B

      Your spelling reveals you to be an arrogant American idiot that thinks he is exceptional, like exceptionally stupid and exceptionally arrogant.

      • Brian V Hunt

        My spelling! Really is that what you base your views on? No I am not an American. As for arrogance well just read the blowhard nonsense you are writing.

  • gaski88

    Galloway is a Holohoaxer and a major supporter of white genocide.

  • flydlbee

    Galloway wants to return to the Labour Party; another worm getting back into the can.

  • Chris Hobson

    Just another ageing baby boomer idealist.

    • http://rantingoldgit.blogspot.co.uk/ Arthur Sparknottle

      Silly boy. Galloway is an @rse, but rather than criticise that, the worst slur you can come up with is that he’s a bit older than you. In a few years, you too will have a grizzled beard and thinner hair. Will that mean that you are nolonger a person of any account?

      • Chris Hobson

        There opines a resentful baby boomer….

        • http://rantingoldgit.blogspot.co.uk/ Arthur Sparknottle

          You need to grow up sonny and do something about your own situation instead of whining about a generation that came before you and made its own living. Your future is in YOUR OWN hands, just like mine was. I have three sons, they are all making damned good money in businesses they started and built themselves with no help at all from me or anyone else. One pays £200 a day to the exchequer in VAT ON HIS OWN LABOUR CHARGE as a business consultant. He is 31 and went to the local comprehensive school. Instead of whining here do something useful and make your living.

        • voidist

          and there opines another futile , resentful whistler in the dark….

  • Caviar luvvie

    Parasitic traitorous cockroach.

    • Marvin

      You are so right. He has lived and sponged off England all his life, and like his Moslem bed pals he detests us with every bone in his body. I wish him and his lefty pals would give ISIS a look up.

  • Pedro Rabaçal

    Machist clown who worships terrorists & dictators and also blames zionism at everything.

    Yup, that´s how open-minded far-left is trying to save the world.

    • GIVVO6_B

      So you like Zionism do you? You like stealing land and bombing children? He does not support terrorists but only those people who are likely to robbed by Zionist killers. Hezbollah is the resistance of the Lebanese people against thieves and Hamas is the democratically elected government of the Palestinian people. Obviously you prefer the vile apartheid Jewish State.

      • Pedro Rabaçal

        Using anti-zionism as excuse to defend war criminals, dictators and terrorists doesn’t work on me anymore.

        “vile apartheid Jewish State.” You exposed yourself as a islamonazi! LOOOL

      • AgeUke

        Hamas was democratically elected in 25 January 2006 some 10 years ago, hardly a beacon of democracy, unlike say Israel where there have been regular elections.

        O and just so you know chum, Zionism is only a dirty word in your limited histrionic vocabulary, self describing Zionists, of which I am proudly one, really don’t perceive it as a slight

        But hey ya know keep on hating

  • green hackle

    The Man, If thats what you could call it, is a pile of stinking manure, Pretty much like the rest of the Labour party at the moment

  • Marvin

    Why is that? has he decided to take his chums Livingstone, Corbyn, O’Connell and O’Brian (LBC) to go and convert ISIS to Christianity and Labour? What a result that would be.

  • jeffersonian

    ‘In particular, he represented a break from the biraderis — the Kashmiri clans who controlled local politics, and the local Labour party [of Bradford].’

    I had to read this sentence twice.

    Given the above quote, and the long sorry saga of Muslim political corruption in Tower Hamlets, how can anyone doubt that immigration from places like Pakistan and Bangladesh is a pernicious ev*l in our society?

    • TotalDynamic

      Conversely, I suspect most people would agree that the sort of outdated, backward and heinously out of touch views held by trash like you are far more a pernicious evil than the Pakistani and Bangladeshi communities.

    • GIVVO6_B

      Are you like Jefferson your hero? Do you own slaves like he did and would you only free those that you fathered?

  • voidist

    how can this man get away with this kind of behaviour for so long…..? truly sad

  • Rob74

    I wonder if he daydreams about being a glorious leader?

  • crazydave789

    when he blows though he blows very well, his statements about blair or his taking down of congress were very good. and he was correct about assad not using chemical weapons as well as the illegality of both iraq wars.

    • S&A

      I do agree with you that Galloway blows.

      Saddam and Bashar can testify to that.

  • ohforheavensake

    Oh, please let this be true…

  • John M

    London may have some bohemian tastes when it comes to elected officials (look at the last few mayors!) but there is no way Londoners are going to vote for an ignorant, loudmouthed, scottish bellend who’s spent the last 5 years sucking up to the Bradford Muslim community just to get a seat and whose sudden interest in London cascades from the fact that even they are now sick of listening to him.

    The man should probably be sectioned, not elected.

  • Orit Cohen

    Not to mention a closet Muslim. Something he refuses to confirm despite being married in Muslim ceremonies (where the groom must first convert according to Islam). He’s just too chickenshit to admit it. What a loser.

  • garyfouse

    On the contrary, George’s career as a comedian has never shined more. He’s the funnieset man in Britain since Benny Hill.

  • James Boyd

    I’m American and not versed on the fine points and nuances of British politics, but I can’t believe this clown is still a factor. I’m glad to hear he may be losing steam. The ugliest coalition of this era has been between the hard left and the Islamists, and Respect is the worst manifestation.

  • Ron Deller

    George is the finest Uk Politician. Listen to his insightful comments on the Middle East and on London. Only this week in the mayoral elections hustings he was the only one to address directly with clear policy the threats to London. But more than what he says now, look back, his experience over history and over the world is enviable. He would be an asset to a Labour Front Bench and I do so hope once the London election is over that he will be drawn in. My dream government would Jeremy as PM and George his deputy.

    • Fasdunkle

      lol

    • S&A

      There’s a village south of Birmingham named after you:

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bell_End

      • SRVES339

        But is it circumcised?

        … the paid anti/anti crew is out in force, protecting the tribe from any plebs waking from the fog of propaganda

        • S&A

          ‘[Is] it circumcised’.

          Keep calm and burn a cross.

  • Regor Snitram

    Politics in UK, USA and EU have become essentially nothing more than pro-zionist crime cult on one hand and and pro democracy on the other – and in the middle is a massive hurricane of spin, lies and misinformation.

    • S&A

      We didn’t start the fire
      It was always burning
      Since the world’s been turning (etc)

  • SRVES339

    Well I for one am “shocked, shocked I tell you,” that the Zionist controlled London media (finance, government, corporate…) continues to savage any who dare drift “off the reservation” down the dangerous path of speaking truth in public.

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