Posts Tagged ‘Respect’

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 […]

Salma Yaqoob leaves Respect

by Jon Lansman.

Salma Yaqoob, until now leader of the Respect Party, has just announced that she has left the party.  Although her statement does not refer directly to George Galloway’s recent comments, it speaks of a breakdown of trust and collaborative working. Coming so soon after the withdrawal of Kate Hudson as parliamentary candidate in Manchester Central, […]

Respect leader: “Galloway’s comments on rape are deeply disappointing and wrong”

by Newsdesk.

Respect’s leader, Salma Yaqoob has made the following statement on her own website: A heated controversy around Julian Assange … is conflating issues around freedom of speech with debates about what constitutes violence against women. Let me be clear, as a politician and as a woman. Rape occurs when a woman has not consented to […]

Left Futures and the Manchester Central by-election: an apology

by Jon Lansman.

Earlier today we published an article by Kate Hudson, Respect candidate in the Manchester Central by-election, entitled The unrepresented working class: a space Respect can fill! (now available here). Whilst Left Futures firmly believes that “the Left’s future remains inextricably linked with that of the Labour Party” (as set out in our mission statement), this […]

The politics of hate in Tower Hamlets

by Jon Lansman.

Tower Hamlets Labour Party is like nowhere else. Throughout London, every constituency party campaign team is doing its best to get the vote out for Ken. They recognise that for the party nationally and in London, that is Labour’s political priority. But here the local vendetta takes priority. Against Lutfur Rahman, independent Mayor overwhelmingly selected […]

Some by-elections really do change politics

by David Osler.

It is not every day that Westminster witnesses a sensational by-election victory, driven by an unshakeably anti-imperialist appeal to a minority religious community, but combined with an unfashionably leftwing socialist subtext.  No wonder most of the pundits were nonplussed. But when Fermanagh and South Tyrone chose Irish Republican Army hunger striker Bobby Sands as its […]

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 […]

The ‘Bradford Spring’ – a lesson on austerity and war

by Jon Lansman.

You have to congratulate George Galloway. He may be an opportunist but he has had to bear the losses that inevitably accompany opportunism as well as the joys of victory. Bradford West is an even more spectacular victory than Bethnal Green in 2005 by 823 votes over Oona King, when British troops (not to mention […]

Bradford West: Respect redux?

by David Osler.

Anything other than a win for Imran Hussain in tomorrow’s Bradford West by-election would be astonishing. After all, the seat has consistently returned Labour MPs since 1974, and with the party currently well ahead in the national opinion polls, there is no real reason to expect any other outcome. Much of the interest – for […]

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