Posts Tagged ‘George Galloway’

The return of George Galloway to Labour – yes or no?

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

Ever since the election of Jeremy – and before – there has been whispering that the Gorgeous One, George Galloway will make a triumphant return to Labour. Ever since his expulsion from the party for “bringing it into disrepute” for suggesting that soldiers should disobey orders given by officers, it’s no secret that he has held […]

‘You killed a million people in Iraq’ George Galloway tells Jacqui Smith

by Jon Lansman.

George has his faults but lacking the ability to demolish people in debate is certainly not one of them. Jacqui Smith justifies intervention on the basis of preventing murders and massacres and George’s comeback is swift. He thendelivers his solution calmly in answer to Andrew Neil, though some will object to including the requirement to strengthen […]

George Galloway and Respect

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

A leader in crisis … stubborn representative voicing discontent and being “unhelpful” … on this occasion it’s not Dave or Ed who are getting it in the neck. This time it’s George Galloway and Respect that have lurched into yet another crisis. What sparked this episode off was a bit of old news. Back in June, Galloway […]

The paradox of George Galloway

by Andy Newman.

It is fair to say that George Galloway is not universally popular. It is therefore unsurprising that his attendance at a meeting with Ed Miliband was used by the increasingly desperate Blairites as ammunition to undermine the Labour leader. They claimed that Ed Miliband was preparing to welcome Galloway back into the Labour Party. An […]

No platform for Israelis?

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

No Platform for Israelis. So says George Galloway in the video above. Oh dear. Galloway’s career has seen alternating cycles of popular acclaim and public self-immolation. As Galloway is an intelligent man and a seasoned political bruiser, none of this is entirely accidental.

Respect & UKIP after Rotherham & Croydon: Part 1 – Respect’s last gasp

by Jon Lansman.

Last week, Labour, under Iain McNicol’s effective management, mounted an impressive campaign to defeat the perceived threat in Croydon and Rotherham by-elections from Respect. Though Labour’s continuing failure to develop an anti-austerity strategy and thoroughly reconnect with working class voters still leaves it exposed to some future threat from the left, it won’t come from […]

On leaving Respect

by Kate Hudson and Andrew Burgin.

Kate Hudson and Andrew Burgin, each of whom are officers of the Stop the War Coalition and anti-austerity campaigners but with different political pasts, have in the last six months both joined and left Respect together. This is their account: Joining Respect We joined Respect two days after George Galloway’s outstanding victory in Bradford, in […]

George Galloway, the media, and the end of Respect

by Jon Lansman.

The departure of Salma Yaqoob and the withdrawal as a candidate by Kate Hudson may well mark the end of Respect. The Galloway hate-mongers seem to think the story is all about George Galloway. Galloway is “a sham”, Liberal Conspiracy has it, and Respect is a Galloway “ego-proxy” says Labour Uncut. George Galloway, warts and all, has […]

On Bradford, anti-imperialist Labourism, social democracy and real Labour values

by Andy Newman.

George Galloway’s victory in Bradford West for the Respect party is enormously significant. It is important for Labour not to fall for idea of George as a manipulative maverick, because that betrays a patronising contempt for the electorate who chose to vote for George Galloway. So Ed Miliband and Iain McNichol are absolutely right when they say:

Bradford West: one off or turning point?

by David Osler.

I am not a supporter of George Galloway. But it would be churlish for even an avowed political opponent not to congratulate him on his by-election success, the sheer scale of which massively exceeded anything that even his own fan base were expecting 24 hours beforehand. What made the win even more astonishing is the […]

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