Congratulations George Galloway
I salute your indefatigability and your victory in the Bradford West by-election. Seriously.
If I was a constituent of Bradford West I’d have voted for you without a moments hesitation. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t like you much but I don’t think liking or loving candidates is either here nor there in politics.
If I was, perchance, somewhere remote and stepped into the jaws of a bear trap and had only you for company, I’d probably chew my leg off at the ankle to escape but I’d still hobble into the polling both to put my mark against your name.
This is despite hearing that you are an appalling constituency MP.
This is despite your mortifying appearance on Big Brother.
This is despite reading somewhere that you’re anti-Semitic, which, frankly, I don’t believe. The pro-Israeli lobby has played that card too often, with too many others who have spoken up for the Palestinian cause.
Still, I’m sure the charge sheet against you is long enough but when compared to the contemptible and unprincipled behaviour of the mainstream political class, your own failings pale into insignificance.
You see, George, as I see it we are ruled by a shower of corrupt, contemptible, Tory bastards and their Lib Dem lickspittles, who are waging a vicious class war in the teeth of an economic crisis. They are eroding the systems of welfare, heath care and education that working class people depend upon. At the same time they are presiding over mass unemployment, underemployment and precarious employment. And they are doing this purely to preserve the power and wealth of the already privileged. This isn’t austerity its a fucking robbery.
All this is hard enough to take but it’s compounded by the complete absence of any sort of decisive and clear programme of opposition coming from Labour. When public sector unions went on strike over pensions, its leader Ed Miliband’s performance was so embarrassing, so lacking in principle, that I couldn’t have been more embarrassed for him had he donned a leotard, acted like a cat and lapped imaginary cream from the cupped hands of David Cameron.
For all your obvious faults, George, you compare very well with many of your political detractors.
So Congratulations Gorgeous. I have no great expectations of your victory but you are an infinitely preferable politician to the wank-stains that regularly irritate the fuck out of me on Newsnight and Question Time.
In the clip below, George Galloway participates in local BBC politics studio discussion with other candidates before voting. His performance is head and shoulders above that of his competitors…