Recently, one of Britain’s loudest foulmouths announced his intention to contest the Bradford West by-election, having been outside a legislature since he lost his seat in 2010. It is not yet know whether he will stand as an independent or under his contrived party ‘RESPECT’.
Looking over, and remembering, his record — noting some of the serious and heroic action which he supports — I feel myself being annoyed by the fact that such an irritating man chooses such fine (in some cases) causes. But this is so often the case, humans are able to combine the disparate.
One news writeup described Galloways ‘eloquent’ opposition to the war in Iraq, I would say the opposite — his opposition was foul, illiterate and hysterical. There was a fantastic debate in 2005 (now on YouTube) between Christopher Hitchens and Galloway — Hitch makes one of his very best points just after 00:38:00. It is amusing to watch, because I’m sure that most people who opposed the war would have wanted Hitchens to be on their side, and for the bellowing and simplistic foulmouth to be against them. Essentially, and I am attempting to be even handed, it was a case of Hitchens constructing the moral and legal precedent for the invasion, and Galloway roaring the most unsophisticated of juxtapositions like: ‘You did write like an angel, and now you are working for the devil!’ For me, someone who is confused about the intervention, I marveled as the Hitch tossed and gored Galloway, though I hope that the pacifists who were watching or who were present covered their faces to see such a loser forwarding their cause.
But then there’s the causes! The man was General Secretary of War on Want, a supporter of CND, that is more than most people can claim. Yet he gorges himself, while he is not fighting for welfare or for the besieged Palestine, on the basest and most outrageous fodder. While many politicians with some progressive goals snag themselves though having sex with the wrong person, Galloway’s inamorata was the damned Soviet Union.
I hope you remember his speech to the commons on the day of the 7/7 attacks in London:–
I condemn the act that was committed this morning. I have no need to speculate about its authorship. It is absolutely clear that Islamist extremists, inspired by the al-Qaeda world outlook, are responsible. I condemn it utterly as a despicable act, committed against working people on their way to work, without warning, on tubes and buses. Let there be no equivocation: the primary responsibility for this morning’s bloodshed lies with the perpetrators of those acts… The hon. Member for North Durham (Mr. Jones), in an otherwise fine speech, described today’s events as “unpredictable”. They were not remotely unpredictable. Our own security services predicted them and warned the Government that if we [invaded Iraq] we would be at greater risk from terrorist attacks such as the one that we have suffered this morning… Despicable, yes; but not unpredictable. It was entirely predictable and, I predict, it will not be the last.
This was always the theme with Galloway, he tiptoed just shy of supporting violence; positioning himself so as to give the impression of someone who favours the attacks, while not letting accusations stick with quite adhesion which would have been desired. I admit that I may be entering a meta-realm of rhetorical speculation when I say that the repeated denouncements with which he framed his speech were him compensating for the views which he actually held.
Galloway’s support of insalubrious regimes across the globe is despicable (and hypocritical, in that it was often the policy of cold-war America to back the despotic executive so long as it was not communist; George Galloway backs the dictator provided that they are anti-American). Despite the fact that he backs a few of my policies, I hope that Galloway looses the bi-election, or even better, I hope that he doesn’t run — or should I make those statements only after I have seen his opponents? Nevertheless, it is people like him, with their pornographic rhetoric and cretinous oratory, who cheapen decent causes. Shut up, get out of the way, and let the real rebels take their action.