But yesterday the barrel exploded; I found a video on youtube of Galloway swearing and shaking a former Respect voter. Entitled 'George Galloway MP swears at former Respect Voter', the video shows Galloway being questioned by a shop worker on his lack being in his own constituency. Galloway (with animosity) replies," I don't want your f****** vote, so don't give me that s***", whilst shaking the worker by the shoulder.
This is how he treats his constituents? Despite his large vocabulary, he replies in that fashion?
Although Galloway has lately apologised, I wonder, would he have apologised if he hadn't been filmed?
In the past year Galloway has taken-up his hypocritical stance on Scottish independence. I struggle to fathom how George Galloway, that staunch supporter of Irish republicanism and the Palestinian struggle, can ignore Scotland's right to self determination? And perhaps this contains the key; he is a callous opportunist. A career politician.
I find his argument bemuseable; I have more in common with some people in England than I do with some in Scotland, therefore 'just sat naw'. He points out that his flag is red and stands with all of the British working class. Childish? What does a no vote, that Galloway is asking just to tick, mean? It means to support a decaying imperialist state, it means to support for austerity cuts, it means support for any reactionary Westminister government, and support for the rise of the far-right in England. Scotland says no to all of these, and to ask the Scottish working class to accept these, knowing that quantitative change will not come, is, from Galloway, the highest caliber of hypocrisy.
The real reason Galloway opposes independence is because he knows it could potentially threaten his cosie political position down south, whilst trying to remain popular in Scotland.
In his debate with Jim Sillars, Galloway claims that he would have remain an MP for Glasgow had Tony Blair not abolished his constituency. Unless his new constituency stretched to Bradford, it is a pathetic excuse. Why didn't he stand in a new Glasgow constituency? It would appear he had to go all the way done to Bradford just to get elected!
This week, Galloway called upon Celtic FC supporters to vote no (Celtic being a club who's fans historically have been associated with left-wing politics and Irish republicanism). Galloway supports Irish republicanism but not Scottish? If mixing politics and football isn't bad enough, he doesn't even have the backing of many fans.
The Facebook page 'Celts for Independence' said of Galloway,"He exploits the acceptable level of anti-Irishness here to try and get us to reject independence. He does not seek to campaign to change or challenge this acceptable level of discrimination.
He negates to mention it is his British allies who are mainly responsible, and he never once mentioned this issue when debating Jim Sillars.
I believe his opposition to independence is premised on deep rooted hatred of the SNP and the fact he makes his living in England - self interest.
He has been exposed badly repeatedly on his Bradford and Belfast workers comparison, as he makes no mention of Dublin workers etc. Also he deliberately talks up the pro-business SNP when he knows that proportionally progressives make up such huge numbers that meaningful change is far more likely here than in England."
Perhaps the best caricature of George Galloway comes from Robert Burns 300 years ago on the Whig politicians of his day, "bought and sold for English gold".
Galloway has alienated himself from the Scottish left, from the likes of Jim Sillars, Denis Canavan and Tommy Sheridan. In his debate with Sillars he said had 'no interest' in the 3 or 4 far-left parties in Scotland, describing them all as being of 'Trotskyite persuasions'. He isn't even a Marxist.
He does play to his audience. One one episode of his program on PressTV ('The Real Deal') he interviewed David Henshaw of Dispatches after filming 'Dispatches Undercover Mosque: The Return' for Channel 4. The episode detailed extremism within sects of Islam in Britain.
Galloway accused Henshaw of targeting Muslims, and specifically searching for extremism in Islam, proclaiming that Henshaw wouldn't have made a documentary about extremism within Christian groups in Britain. Henshaw, quite simply rebutted Galloway by saying, "Haven't you see Dispatches on born-again Christians?" Yet Galloway, humiliated, continued to infantily point the finger at Henshaw.
I wonder if Galloway would be so preoccupied with pandering to Muslims if they didn't make-up such a large percentage of his constituency? Other than in the Middle East, he certainly showed little interest towards British Muslims before he was elected in Bradford. He even now refuses to state his religious beliefs, in the past stating that he was a Catholic, and now stating that he believes in God but his own religion persuasion is personal. True, although perhaps he merely doesn't want to admit that he is not a Muslim.
A brown nose, Galloway showed to faces towards Mohamed Al-Fayed, once slandering him on his radio show and his conspiracy theory about the death of Diana and Dodi, and once inviting him on his radio show. He never appear critical of Al-Fayed's theories when he talked with him.
Perhaps one of the most disturbing things Galloway has ever said was his comments regarding rape, for which he was condemned by the then Respect Party leader (Salma Yaqoob).
Galloway said," I mean not everybody needs to be asked prior to each insertion. Some people believe that when you go to bed with somebody, take off your clothes, and have sex with them and then fall asleep, you're already in the sex game with them."
Galloway's words are bone-chilling "insertion" and "the sex game". I suppose, by that logic, we can imagine a man pinning down his screaming, struggling wife and having his with her, without any moral quiver? And what of the social stigma of having sex? What of the young women in a relationship who feel forced to have sex or be socially alienated?
Galloway on his radio show, once denied that the Tiananmen Square Masscre (which happened under Deng) ever occurred. He exclaim that he 'searched the internet all day for footage and found nothing'. Hasn't he seen the notorious footage of a that brave man, staring down a take and forcing it to drive to the side?Make not mistake, I am a Marxist, and make no mistake, China, post-Mao, certainly is not Marxist.
Galloway, in his talk to the CPGB-ML, even denies that China is now capitalist. Honestly? When multi-national capitalist corporations like Nike, use Chinese low-paid labour to make products, when Chinese workers have a wage system and Chinese corporations now make profit? The official goal of the protests of Tiananmen Square was a return to socialism, "A Communist Party without corruption." The protesters sang 'The Internationale'.
Galloway's egotistical hypocrisy is exemplified in his stance on Iranian nuclear weapons. Galloway was once arrested outside Faslane Naval base, protesting nuclear weapons, yet on numerous occasions on PressTV he has stated if he was head of the Iranian state he would create nuclear weapons, despite decrying them as illegal. He plays to his crowd.
He betrayed the CND movement for opportunism and has betrayed the cause of Palestine for opportunism.
On a speech televised by memritv.org (now Al Jezeera) Galloway proudly gave money to Hamas! Galloway said, "And just in-case the British government or the European Union want to face me in any court. Let me tell them live on television, I personally am about to break the sanctions on the elected government of Palestine... By Allah, we carried a lot of cash here. You thought we were all fat, we are not fat, this is money that we have around our waists... And we make no apology for what I am about to say: we are giving them (money and vehicles) to the elected government of Palestine, to the Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh... Here is the money! This is not charity, this is not charity, this is not charity, this is politics!"
There is not a progressive bone in Hamas, how can he forget the socialist struggle of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and the DFLP so callously?
The PFLP and DFLP have suffered greatly at the hands of Hamas and other extremist organizations, purely because they recognise that the struggle of Palestine is a class struggle and not religious.
We all know his notorious 'walk out' of a university debate with and Israeli student last year. Galloway claimed that he 'doesn't debate with Israelis' because he doesn't believe that Israel should exist. This is an extremely bad representation of proponents of the single-state solution; by refusing to have an open dialogue with Israelis, Galloway negates the Palestinian position. All races are, fundamentally social constructs, Israeli more so than others, however, this is therefore, nothing short of racism.
It is not only Palestine he has betrayed so egotistically rapacious, but even his job as member of parliament. He is rarely in parliament, yet is the host of 3 television programs and once was a radio host! Where does he get the time?
There is little doubt the fame goes to his head, in any debate where he knows he can get away with it, he talks condescendingly to the opponent, with little respect. Of course, when someone like Jim Sillars is there to match him he doesn't, and his large fiery vocabulary is extinguished. He spends much of his time debating with half-literate racists, fascist online, yet spares little with someone who can put-up an honest argument. There were many times I conversed with him on twitter, yet the one time I disagreed with him on independence, I was blocked without so much as a whimper! As was my friend.
So fascists are more deserving of his attention than independence supporters?
Galloway has also caused much controversy by intending to run as Mayor of London. For this, he was criticised by his own party members and urged to step down as an MP is he does intend to run. Galloway's reply was that the members were "conspiring to seize executive power". Any critism of Galloway is always met in such a fashion. His is a master in the art of avoiding the question.
Recently, Galloway has been busy making his new documentary 'The Killing of Tony Blair'. The documentary is said to expouse how Tony Blair profited from the Iraq War and in Galloway's words 'made a killing' from killing, with the goal of seeing Blair being tried at the Haguue. The irony! I wonder if Galloway will be making a 'killing' from the documentary!
Certainly Blair is a war-criminal, but George Galloway is certainly not the man to go after him, not anymore at least. Oscar Ricketts in a Vice article said,"What Galloway conntinually fails to notice, though, is that he and Blair are much more similar than he'd like to think. Their belief in themselves as "white saviours" for the Muslim world, their refusal to see the other side of the arguement and their love of power make them two peas in a very s***** pod."
He is a sly cat. A cat is perhaps his spirt animal, this would certainly explain his bizarre behaviour on Celebrity Big Brother. He undoubtedly enjoyed the attention, but for that moment, that grim mental image, the people saw the real George Galloway, behind the left-wing exterior, and he thus lost an election. Running an election campaign whilst on Big Brother? I wonder if he suffers from some Freudian prognosis that would explain his need for attention, his need to been in controversy and in the public eye.
It seems ever since Big Brother the process of metamorphosis began.
I remember when I respected him, when has championed the opposition to the Iraq War, although having most of the country behind him. He didn't oppose Thatcher's the Falklands War.
Perhaps he was once genuine, but now he particularly opaque.
"Either the memory of past bliss is the anguish of today, or the agonies which are have their origin in the ecstasies which might have been." - Edgar Allen Poe