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Who will rid us of George Galloway?

2 April 2014

2 April 2014

Nothing George Galloway says or does should surprise anyone any longer. Even so, his latest musings on the situation in Ukraine – delivered on the Iranian propaganda channel Press TV – are quite something. Even by his lofty standards they may represent a new low. Just watch him go:

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Galloway excels even himself here. It’s the tortuous creativity that really does it. If it weren’t so typical and so typically revolting you’d almost be impressed by it.

Is it too much to ask that the other parties agree next year to field but a single candidate against Galloway? As for the people of Bradford West, well, the best that can be said is that electing Galloway once might be a misfortune, doing so twice would be very much worse than careless. This is one seat the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats should agree to cede to Labour.


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  • http://www.baghdadinvest.com Baghdad Invest

    I don’t think we need to rid of anyone. George presents a very valid point of view that should be welcomed since differing views are what yield fruitful results. Regardless of YOUR VIEW to rid him, he has a voice as do you and all should be welcomed not silenced.

  • Qazi Hasan

    He got my twitter account shut down for saying he is the chief ally of Imran Khan in the house of commons, & Imran Khan supports Taliban terrorist

  • mungojerry

    there is no otrher politician with the balls to speak the truth other than george galloway

  • Doug M

    Maybe here’s a man who speaks from his own perspective – rather than just saying what he thinks we want to hear.

    Agree with him or not, it’s refreshing political behaviour. Alex, maybe you should take note…

  • Jackthesmilingblack

    I suggest you don`t resort to libel, Spectator. Because that can be really expensive. Ask the Daily Telegraph and Christian Science Monitor.

    • Pedro Rabaçal

      Don’t worry, telling the truth isn’t libel!

  • komment

    The difference between not always and ‘rarely’ is a matter of personal interpretation and scale.
    Both however acknowledge that sometimes George is right, or that he is not always wrong.

  • komment

    George Galloway is not always right, but he is always George Galloway and this viseo performance does him no justice. It falls well below his usual high standard of objective reporting.

    • Barry Toone

      Saying that “George Galloway is ‘not always right'” is a curious line. From what I have read, George Galloway is rarely right; and often, he is so clearly wrong that it is reasonable to question his veracity or rationality.

  • Common Sense ✟ كافر

    We have seen that when Muslim become a majority they block vote for backward Islamist biggots. Lufter Rahman in East London – George Galloway in Bradford West. I do worry for the future!

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  • Coleridge1

    Galloway supports the Syrian president Assad and the Shiite terror group Hezbollah who are currently slaughtering thousands of Sunni Moslems in Syria.
    And who elected George in Bradford West? Sunni Moslem settlers from the racist apartheid state of Pakistan. Is this poetic justice or what?

    • TotalDynamic

      I think you will find Galloway won in almost every ward of the constituency – including those with majority White British people and the student wards, you fascist.

      • Coleridge1

        I think many people would hold that fascism includes such attributes as outlawing any opposition, hanging Gays, stoning women to death and Holocaust-denying Jew hatred. The sort of stuff that goes on in islamofascist Iran that pays the traitor Galloway hundreds of thousands of pounds to act as their Goebbels.
        I just wonder how long it’ll be before Bradford seeks to introduce these wonders of Sharia?

        • TotalDynamic

          Oh come on now, seriously? We’re going down the Sharia line? Strewth. It will never be introduced in this country, nor, I doubt, will Galloway seek to do so.

          Also, in regards to Syria, perhaps you didn’t know we’ve been selling the Assad regime weapons, including nerve agents, for decades? Nor that the opposition is led by Al-Qaeda jihadists?

          Anybody with a single brain cell knows that Assad is the lesser of the two evils in the Syrian situation.

          • Coleridge1

            Galloway supports Hamas who in Article 7 of the Hamas Charter call for all Jews everywhere to be killed.
            Galloway is a fanatical Moslem fundamentalist. He is capable of doing anything to implement sharia in the UK because that is is primary objective.

            • TotalDynamic

              I’ve never read such hyperbole in my entire life.

              You sir, need to well and truly give your head a wobble.

  • davidshort10

    He will be around forever. He will annoy us forever. It is almost impossible nowadays to screen out people because we have so much media. Try listening to R4 without being annoyed if you are a man. Not easy.

  • Nick

    Why does the Spectator, generally fairly sensible, betray us so badly over Israel (and the shocking wars that its dragged us into)?

    Galloway is a socialist (I think, of sorts) and I gather he’s unkind to women – but his political and moral profile and influence on our place in the world is huge and highly commendable.

    Lets not forget the blistering words of this giant of integrity when dragged in front of a Star Court:

    … It’s a proven fact that these forged documents existed and were being circulated amongst right-wing newspapers in Baghdad and around the world in the immediate aftermath of the fall of the Iraqi regime.

    Now, Senator, I gave my heart and soul to oppose the policy that you promoted. I gave my political life’s blood to try to stop the mass killing of Iraqis by the sanctions on Iraq which killed one million Iraqis, most of them children, most of them died before they even knew that they were Iraqis, but they died for no other reason other than that they were Iraqis with the misfortune to born at that time. I gave my heart and soul to stop you committing the disaster that you did commit in invading Iraq. And I told the world that your case for the war was a pack of lies.

    I told the world that Iraq, contrary to your claims did not have weapons of mass destruction. I told the world, contrary to your claims, that Iraq had no connection to al-Qaeda. I told the world, contrary to your claims, that Iraq had no connection to the atrocity on 9/11 2001. I told the world, contrary to your claims, that the Iraqi people would resist a British and American invasion of their country and that the fall of Baghdad would not be the beginning of the end, but merely the end of the beginning.

    Senator, in everything I said about Iraq, I turned out to be right and you turned out to be wrong and 100,000 people paid with their lives; 1600 of them American soldiers sent to their deaths on a pack of lies; 15,000 of them wounded, many of them disabled forever on a pack of lies.

    If the world had listened to Kofi Annan, whose dismissal you demanded, if the world had listened to President Chirac who you want to paint as some kind of corrupt traitor, if the world had listened to me and the anti-war movement in Britain, we would not be in the disaster that we are in today. Senator, this is the mother of all smokescreens. You are trying to divert attention from the crimes that you supported, from the theft of billions of dollars of Iraq’s wealth.

    Have a look at the real Oil-for-Food scandal. Have a look at the 14 months you were in charge of Baghdad, the first 14 months when $8.8 billion of Iraq’s wealth went missing on your watch. Have a look at Halliburton and other American corporations that stole not only Iraq’s money, but the money of the American taxpayer.

    Have a look at the oil that you didn’t even meter, that you were shipping out of the country and selling, the proceeds of which went who knows where? Have a look at the $800 million you gave to American military commanders to hand out around the country without even counting it or weighing it.

    Have a look at the real scandal breaking in the newspapers today, revealed in the earlier testimony in this committee. That the biggest sanctions busters were not me or Russian politicians or French politicians. The real sanctions busters were your own companies with the connivance of your own Government.

    • mohdanga

      Yet your response references not a peep of the billions stolen by Hussein in the ‘Oil for Palaces’ scheme, which was responsible for how many Iraqi deaths? The ‘one million Iraqi deaths due to sanctions’ has been discredited.

      • Nick

        Deniers will plague this discussion – around 1/2 million children died because of our sanctions and around 600,000 died in our atrocities.

        Many more were driven from their homes by the death squads we put in place and died in destitution all over the Middle East, people like the blogger RiverBend.

        Easily the most evil thing the British have ever been involved in across 2 Empires and 300 years.

        • mohdanga

          Yet not one major leftwing media outlet can find the graves of these 1.1M children the Western allies supposedly killed. If there were 1.1M children killed then there would have been at least the same amount of adults yet where are the graves?? Surely even if there are mass graves there would be evidence of this??

          • Nick

            Albright never denied what she was accused of doing. Even in her memoirs she just got petulant and said people weren’t being realistic about the threat from Saddam.

      • Nick

        What sort of idiot is upvoting comments like that? When our own leaders really are personally wealthy, why knock the leaders of other nations for it?

    • MissCostello

      Bravo George, & bollocks to Massie! He aint fit to clean Georges boots.

      • Nick

        Galloway’s politics are not mine – but I can recognise a man who stands up for the under-dog in many or perhaps all cases.

        It was very shameful of Labour to have sacked him for opposing the war on Iraq – one of at least 7 who lost their jobs or careers (1 lost his life, David Kelly!) for opposing the war.

        Not a single pro-war person has lost his – and the disgusting Tony Blair claims that his correspondence is protected – even as he was freely reading mine!

  • Golben Amduke

    I’m trying to place that ridiculous accent he adopts. Sounds like Gaza Gorbals to me.

  • Sean Lamb

    I felt George delicately straddled the twin horses of anti-zionism and pro-Russian Holocaust memorialism with commendable aplomb.
    The fact that certain obvious facts like: the agenda behind the Maiden snipers was to discredit the Ukrainian government and ditto the Damascus gas attacks – are both so obvious and yet would result in social death if uttered by anyone with any public standing, means the door is left wide open for charlatans like Galloway to waltz in.

    I am not disputing that George Galloway is appalling, but that collectively the media and political establishment of Britain is so much more appalling that by comparison he ends up looking not so bad.

    I mean at least he admits there is an issue with the Maidan snipers, which is more than Alex Massie will do – so what is Massie’s basis for any claim of personal superiority? Galloway probably believes his tripe to no greater extent then Massie does his. I suppose Massie would claim his tripe is not as vulgar as Galloway’s – which might be true, but on the other hand at least Galloway alludes to the fact there is a 500 pound Gorilla in the room.

    I do have some sympathy with people who claim that Alex Massie and ilk are only following orders and that if he was to practice journalism with any integrity he would immediately shown the door or worse. But there is always silence – or devoting one’s journalistic endeavours towards issues like breast feeding in public or celebrity gossip.

  • transponder

    I believe you, Alex. I don’t want the poison of that evil man in my mind and so refuse to listen to him. Reputation and the reports of those I respect are more than enough in this case. Besides, he doesn’t deserve my time.

  • lojolondon

    Wow – proper 1984 newspeak – love is hate, good is evil, jewish people kill jewish people for the good of jewish people… what a nutter!

  • Whyshouldihavetoregister

    Islamofascists will vote for an Islamofascist. What is hard to understand in this?

    • TotalDynamic

      Oh, the irony of a neo-Nazi describing people as Islamofascists. Quite extraordinary.

  • formonitoring

    Galloway says all the major parties are the same, and are determined to lock out any sort of alternative. Clearly the best way to show the public what loopy nonsense that is, is to make his seat the one-in-650 where an all party pact is declared. Good thinking Alex. A tribute to pluralism.

  • andagain

    This is one seat the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats should agree to cede to Labour.

    UKIP, perhaps. Or the Monster Raving Looney Party. Or the Two Fingers Party.

    Perhaps this sort of pathology is what you should expect when everyone confines their attempts to appeal to the floating voters in the marginals. Some people are bound to end up ignored and aggravated.

  • Baron

    People have spoken, the bastards’, is that it, Alex?

  • TotalDynamic

    You feigned traducing of the people of Bradford West here is utterly disgraceful. A constituency which was exploited endlessly by a corrupt monopoly of power – controlled by the hand of Labour Party.

    Galloway, and Respect, offered the people of Bradford West that change and they voted for it in great numbers (58%).

    Its a good job the people of Bradford West aren’t as stupid as the people behind articles like this – for if Bradford West was full of you and your ilk, we’d have another imperialist gauleiter MP voting for ridiculous wars in places like Syria.

    • GUBU

      ‘…If Bradford West was full of you and your ilk, we’d have another imperialist gauleiter MP voting for ridiculous wars in places like Syria’.

      …instead of an MP with decidedly odd views on what constitutes rape and a penchant for mustachioed Arab dictators, who has tarted himself round various constituencies during his political career in a never ending quest for personal publicity?

      Not a great choice, I would suggest.

      • TotalDynamic

        What a diatribe of capitalistic fluff.

        I always thought having a ‘penchant for dictators and personal publicity’ was as bad as imperialistic genocide. *rolls eyes*

        • La Fold

          Where is there a single thing in GUBUs statement which is capitlalistic? In fact could you even explain what capital is without looking up google?

          • GUBU

            One always hopes that people who use big words, particularly in close proximity to each other, actually know what those words mean.

            Sadly, it would appear, one hopes in vain. *exasperated sigh*

            • TotalDynamic

              One? Dear me, quite the holier than thou high-horse riding cockalorum aren’t you?

              Out of interest, how am I possibly in close proximity to you?

              “One always hopes that people who use extravagant copy and pasted phrases checks them before one uses them as a weapon. Sadly, it would appear, one hopes in vain.”

              Virgin.

          • TotalDynamic

            Perhaps once you stop missing words out of your statements, you could request others to explain the English language to you. Hemorrhoid.

          • MissCostello

            One doesn’t “look ‘UP’ google”- one simply ‘googles’.
            One “looks UP a word, in a dictionary. Simple.

    • Jesus Actionfigure

      “offered the people there that change”

      No “change” in evidence.

  • anncalba

    George Galloway? I’d forgotten all about him. I suggest everyone else does the same.

    • Jesus Actionfigure

      When our money is no longer paying him as an MP, that may be relevant.

  • Rupert Behrmann

    I think the issue should be what kind of electorate votes in a guy like George Galloway?

    • rjbh

      Try an electrate thats sick to the back teeth voting for the major parties that constantly lie to the people Who vote them in….certainly an electrate on par with those Who will vote for UKip.

      • sarah_13

        No, disillusionment with mainstream politicians is NEVER justification for voting for an opportunist like Galloway. Bradford had other reasons for voting him in. We are lucky that Mr Farage is our alternative politician, a decent man, but one should never just vote for anyone, make sure the person you vote for is decent. Listen to Mr Galloway’s remarks about Israel. Says it all.

        • formonitoring

          Listen to Farage’s remarks about Putin, which sound like Galloway. Says it all.

          • Colonel Mustard

            Your pseudonym says it all.

            Try what Farage actually said instead of what liars like you say he said.

            • stevealbury

              he said that it wasn’t Assad that used chemical weapons – all the forensic evidence ties it directly to the regime – Farage said it and it’s another example of his Putin apologia

              • ItinerantView

                No he didn’t, he said the possibility existed that it wasn’t Assad.

                There’s evidence of Jihadis with chemical weapons, it’s also quite possible both sides have used chemical weapons and there’s evidence to support that also.
                Truth goes out the window in warzones,
                Farage tried to be objective which is more than you’re doing.

                • stevealbury

                  up until the end of last year he accepted the forensic evidence but has now changed his minds – your claims are not supported by any evidence.

                  you can read up on the specific chemical signature of Assad’s weapons here

                  http://brown-moses.blogspot.co.uk/2014/04/why-nigel-farage-has-it-all-wrong.html

                  I doubt you will accept the evidence but just so people know I am the one being objective – would welcome any evidence of islamist nutter using chemical weapons as would the UN

                • ItinerantView

                  “Top UN rights investigator Carla del Ponte said Sunday that according to testimony, rebels have been using sarin gas.”

                  http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/syria/10039672/UN-accuses-Syrian-rebels-of-chemical-weapons-use.html

                • stevealbury

                  Carlo de Ponte was reprimanded and said this prior to the forensic examination – the story about Turkush police is irrelevant to the soecufic claims of proven chemical weapons usage – it’s not that islamists wouldn’t use them it’s that the ones which were used were used by Assad and Farage should go back to his previous position and accept the evidence

              • Colonel Mustard

                Forgive me but I have not the slightest interest in what somebody called “stevealbury” might assert about a legitimate party leader he describes as a “populist demagogue”. I should rather have one hundred Farages in Parliament than one “stevealbury”.

                Thank you.

              • komment

                You have obviously overlooked or dismissed the findings of a very reputable university in the USA whose analysis proved beyond a doubt Assad could not have carried out the chemical attack. The university I refer to is MIT, hardly a supporter of Assad.

              • ClausewitzTheMunificent

                Really, then why were jihadis in Syria caught a week later with chemical weapons on their hands? Can’t remember the article, you can look it up.

            • james smith

              The question posed to him was: “Which of the current world leaders do you most admire?” His reaction was: “Putin”

              • Colonel Mustard

                Lets have it accurately:-

                ‘Asked which current world leader he most admired, Mr Farage replied: “As an operator, but not as a human being, I would say Putin. The way he played the whole Syria thing. Brilliant. Not that I approve of him politically. How many journalists in jail now?”‘

                Apparently he is not the only one:-

                http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/iv-drip/poll-nigel-farages-favourite-world-leader-is-putin-whos-yours-9226480.html

                • mikewaller

                  Even so, it was a very stupid thing to say. It could only give comfort to the thugs in the Kremlin much as the infamous Oxford “King and Country” debate gave to Hitler in the 1930s.

        • TotalDynamic

          You do realise Israel is an apartheid state don’t you?

          Responsible for the systematic destruction of an entire nation?

          Perhaps you didn’t.

          • sarah_13

            It isn’t, as i’m sure you well know. But there are many states, mostly theocratic totalitarian states like Saudi Arabia where jews or christians can’t practice their religion and are discriminated against, along with homosexuals, women, immigrants of all kinds or Iran that is an islamic state where jews pay a tax in order that they can practice their religion, a state imposed policy of apartheid and oppression, there are many states that you might be concerned about but Israel is certainly is not one of them. Women, muslims, druze, christains all form part of the Israeli parliament and muslims in Israel enjoy a better standard of living and more freedoms than in any other Islamic majority country in the region. Perhaps you didn’t know.

            • Erictheowl

              Well said, Sarah, and thank you.

            • TotalDynamic

              Dear, dear me.

              Jewish-only settlements, separate roads for Israeli and Palestinian citizens, the West Bank barrier, discriminatory marriage laws against not only Palestinians, but Iranians and Lebanese too.

              I don’t even need to go into the casualty figures between the two states, I’m sure you know how many more Palestinians have been killed than Israeli’s.

              Perhaps you don’t.

              • sarah_13

                Thank you for your response but it does make me very very sad as a woman that apparently decent people like yourself choose to vent their venom about Israel a country that has the most liberal approach to gays and women in the entire region and on a par with the west. It has a very difficult and insoluble dispute with its neighbours all of whom at some point have declared war on her, and of course on each other, for decades if not centuries.

                The dispute is not clear cut in the way you characterise it and the plight of her neighbours is of concern to israelis but so is their plight. The constitution protects all israelis equally as I know you are aware and is not an apartheid state. The figures in relation to casualties does not provide any insight into the difficult problems of fighting and defending against constant rocket attacks from Gaza by varying groups of varying competence fighting and using civilians as again i’m sure you are aware.

                Mr Galloway, the reason we are commenting, is paid by a real apartheid state. By the Iranian government who have imposed apartheid policies discriminating against all religions apart from Islam, who have a diminished status according to the islamic constitution, also discriminating against women and against gays and flouting the human rights of every Iranian in the country.

                • komment

                  I think Tell Aviv enjoys the reputation of being the new Sodom and Gommorah.

                • persiancat

                  Homophobic comment. I’d delete if I were you !

                • MissCostello

                  I’d sod off, if I were you.

                • persiancat

                  Already reported to the appropriate authorities.

                • MissCostello

                  Oh my…quiver, quiver

                • MissCostello

                  “sad as a woman”? What exactly does that mean? Do women have the monopoly on a certain type of sadness? How do you define “sad as a man? What’s really sad is your delusional ‘take’ on the Apartheid state of isra-hel.

                • sarah_13

                  Apologies, thank you for pointing that out, I simply mean I am a woman and and it makes me sad. I have absolutely no doubt that men can be sad too, very sad. My considered opinion on Israel, or “take” as you refer to it is not delusional nor is Israel what you call an “apartheid state”.

                • persiancat

                  Sad as a woman. Women in Iran are indeed sad because they are FORCED to wear the hijab by men (the regime)…..Galloway is a presenter on Press TV which is run and funded by the same MEN who force WOMEN to wear the hijab !

              • wudyermucuss

                Jewish-only settlements – because when Jews lived among Arabs,it often ended badly,for the Jews;see the Hebron massacre.

                separate roads + West Bank barrier – very effective,and necessary defence measures.

                casualty figures – are rarely equal in conflicts;the Arabs could end it tomorrow:cease violence,recognize the Jewish Israeli state.Simples.They won’t,because they are inherently racist,demonstrably,even inherently so.

            • komment

              Have you checkedthis withe Palestinians?

            • Al

              Brilliant response – totally correct.
              Lets keep this debate honest and no more Galloway lies. TotalDynamic-one day you will have to grow up I’m afraid.

          • transponder

            Look creep: what drugs are you on? And why are you anti-Jewish: the smartest people in the world, the most humane and restrained in the face of irrational enmity, and among the fewest numerically? Don’t answer: you can’t.

            • TotalDynamic

              So, because I say Israel is an apartheid state I’m anti-Jewish? Quite a jump to make if I may say so myself.

              I have absolutely no problem with Jewish people – I take issue with the racist Zionists – just as I do the racist neo-Nazi’s we have in this country – who govern Israel and bombard Palestine – a country made up of shacks and using barbed wire fences and rocks as defences – with bombs and missiles.

              So, look creep, what drugs are you on? And why are you anti-equality?

              • wudyermucuss

                So, because I say Israel is an apartheid state I’m anti-Jewish? –
                That’s right,unless,of course,you say other states are apartheid too,like Saudi Arabia,and the proposed Palestinian state which,apparently,will/should be cleansed of all Jews,like most Arab countries.

                racist Zionists –
                But Israel is multi racial,multi cultural,unlike,say,most Arab countries.

                the racist neo-Nazi’s we have in this country –
                And the non neo Nazi,indeed,non Caucasian racists we have in this country?

                Palestine does not consist of shacks and fires more than rocks at Israel.

                You do know that Hitler’s ally in the region was al-husseini I presume?

                • TotalDynamic

                  I apologise, but you don’t even know how to use comma’s, so I have little hope of you being factually correct and therefore won’t even begin to entertain the idea of debating with you.

                • pedestrianblogger

                  Lol.

              • Coleridge1

                You sound very much like an islamoNazi to me.

            • Kevin Farayi

              the Jewish state of israel send its army to help apartheid south africa and rhodesia fight against freedom fighters and was the conduit for those two regimes to circumvent international sanctions. hardly the mark of a most humane people! no wonder Netanyau quickly gave excuses for not attending mandela’s funeral.

          • Coleridge1

            A very strange ‘apartheid’ state where Israeli Moslem Arabs enjoy the same right to vote, express their views in a free press and have access to an independent judiciary. There are more Moslem members of the Knesset than there are Black members of the US Senate.
            When you moronically talk about ‘apartheid’ you must be referring to the racist apartheid state of Pakistan which butchered over a million innocent Hindus and Sikhs to create their Moslem only basket case of a state.
            Or perhaps Islamist Sudan which slaughtered 400,000 Sub-Saharan Blacks.
            Or maybe Islamist Iraq which has ethnically cleansed hundreds of thousands of Christians for the crime of not being Moslem.
            Or perhaps each and every Moslem state on the planet because none respect the rights of non-Moslems.

          • gewaite

            Al-hamdul Shaytan!

    • Jesus Actionfigure

      If memory serves – it was gullible, reactionary, pandered-to religionists.

    • stevealbury

      the same that elects Nigel Farage – populist demagogues do well in elections

      • transponder

        Look, greaseball: The shame is on you for suggesting there is any comparison.

        • stevealbury

          you’re not English are you? very unusual to hear that as an insult – meh

          • transponder

            English and two other nationalities.

            • stevealbury

              so you span the whole range from tw*tfaced bunglecnut to ёб твою мать – good for you – enjoy supporting a man who will let down a lot of liberals with his authoritarian isolationism

              • DavEd CamerBand

                I don’t see how a libertarian can be accused of being an authoritarian. He is not preaching isolationism, he simply propagates government of the people, for the people, by the people.

                There is absolutely no evidence that we will be any more isolated when we leave the EU, and I am yet to hear a good argument in support your claim.

      • DavEd CamerBand

        What is populist is seldom popular.

    • wudyermucuss

      Extremist leftists and Islamists.

  • max

    Ukraine is possibly the only thing I have ever agreed with Galloway over. However what he says here is clearly the Muslim in him talking.
    The US has funded a Ukranian coup, this is factually verified and undeniable, the US and EU are very much at fault here, but the sooner Hitch resurrects to silence Muhammad Galloway the better.

    • Ігар Лабацэвіч

      Are you on Gazprom payroll, Max?

      • newyork1974

        Oh, so now anybody who objects to insane US imperial adventures is on the Gazprom payroll, eh?

        It used to be that it was the Iraqi oil payroll that Galloway was supposed to be on. There was even a US Senate committee hearing on that. How’d that turn out?

        • gerontius

          What is insane about “US imperial adventures” – if you are an American?

        • Ігар Лабацэвіч

          There was no coup of any kind in Kyiv, but an attempt to get rid of corrupt junta which was totally controlled by Putin. Only the likes of Nigel Farage and Galloway can support Moscow in this situation – opposites attract.

          • Baron

            The ballot box is the way to get rid corrupt juntas in a democracy, not the gun.

            • Ігар Лабацэвіч

              Are you sure it was the anti-governmental protesters who fired and killed more than 100 their comrades?

              • Baron

                Not the original protesters, but a bunch of thugs hired by some of those who now sit in the Government. If Putin had a hand in it, it would have been the front page news in all MSM, the BBC would lead with the story for days on end, the uman rites brigade would be demanding an urgent investigation ….

                • Ігар Лабацэвіч

                  and you got your information from the Russian TV?

                • Baron

                  No, from a call between the Brussels Baroness and the Foreign Minister of Estonia, confirmed by two bloggers from a country not at all disposed favorably to the one who loves to strip to the waist.

                  You should keep in mind that not everything dictators do is bad, and not everything democracies do is saintly, at times it’s the other way round, and here is one of such times.

                • stevealbury

                  that call is a laughable piece of evidence – is that it? the Estonian foreign minister passed on a conspitracy theory doing the rounds – As the SBU has now admitted it liaised with the FSB in organizing this and is making all the documentation available you have the option of accepting evidence grounded in data or relying on a bizarre and conspiracy theory apparently backed by ‘2 bloggers’ – I know which route you’ll choose but anybody wo reads should be made aware that your assertion is both false and mendacious

                • Baron

                  To her credit, the Brussels’ Baronet asked for an independent investigation of the shooting, the Kiev government refused, the finding of its own inquiry would not be worth the piece of paper it’s written on.

                • Ігар Лабацэвіч

                  Which was a mere speculation. Latest BBC report: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-26868119
                  Just a question: Baron, have you ever lived under dictatorship? Try and then tell us.

                • Baron

                  Baron has no time to tell anything to anyone who backs the change of a government by violent means. It isn’t how it’s done in a democracy.

                • Ігар Лабацэвіч

                  Absolutely! It is not the way to do things in democracy. Who said that Yanukovich or Putin preside over democratic states? Would you say the same to people who resisted Nazis? What you are saying is pure demagoguery.

                  By the way, it is so amusing when people talk about themselves in third person.

                • Baron

                  Amuse yourself some more, then go, find a road, lie on it.

                • Ігар Лабацэвіч

                  How base…

        • La Fold

          He got ripped a new one if you watch the whole thing.

      • DavEd CamerBand

        Take, watch, learn, tell, educate.

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G7Q1_whLByI

        • Ігар Лабацэвіч

          I’m sorry, but that barking mad American is just an ignoramus, who cannot pronounce the very word Crimea. Not convincing.

          • DavEd CamerBand

            Perhaps you should explore his other videos to give him some context.

    • sarah_13

      Galloway is a dangerous opportunist. He is trying to ride the wave of anti-main parties rhetoric that is going on at the moment. The reason we should be grateful in this country is that Mr Farage is our alternative to politics, a decent man who represents ordinary people. I wouldn’t say the same about Galloway.

      • DavEd CamerBand

        Absolutely, Farage is the kind of guy we would all like to have a drink with. Galloway on the other hand is a truly evil person. GG has so much hatred and loathing for western society, but not enough to vacate it. GG should be viewed as one of those deliberately controversial, publicity-seeking, devil-advocating dregs whom use Ad hominem tactics.

        When you become so hated for your views that you become ostracised from even the labour party you have two choices, 1. Go away quietly and die poor and unremarkable. 2. Be as controversial as possible on every single topic choose the most outrageous stance…… He really is the Damien Hurst or Tracey Emin of the political world, the difference is she can still make her bed, he has made his and is truly laying in it.

        • sarah_13

          Yes I agree. Whenever I hear Galloway I actually want to weep he is scary. I noticed recently that even Richard Dawkins, a good friend of the marvellous Christopher Hitchens, said Galloway was quite pleasant. I’m sure many people whose views are unsavoury can be pleasant.

          • DavEd CamerBand

            Dawkins is rather witty and insinuative; he chooses his words carefully. An enemy of Hitch would surely be an enemy of reason, something which Dawkins holds dear.

            • sarah_13

              I hope you are right, but he said something to the effect of never judge a book by its cover! Whatever he meant by that on the face of it it gives Mr Galloway the air of respectability when it comes from Dawkins.

              • DavEd CamerBand

                I agree with that sentiment, however, GG’s opinions are well documented. Dawkins strikes me as a gentle soul whom is more concerned with fact than opinion. He’d rather steer away from any contempt.

                They fundamentally disagree on religious grounds and given both have devoted a large proportion of their lives to either refuting or embracing religion; I’d imagine they don’t agree with each other’s views. But GG’s views stem from a deficiency of compassion rather than rational judgement.

          • MissCostello

            “I actually want to weep”
            So do I……..whenever I see your comments.

            “many people whose views are unsavoury can be quite pleasant”………
            Are you a comedian, by any chance? The new Dame Edna?

            • sarah_13

              No, are you? Indeed personal “pleasantness” is no indication of very much at all.

            • Realpolitik/ fruitcake/ racist

              You will remain a “Miss”.

        • transponder

          LYING in it, in both senses of the word. ‘Laying’ is an ignorant Americanism (which educated ones don’t share).

          • DavEd CamerBand

            If the person to whom I replied has the time to check their email they
            will see that I had used “Lying” in my original comment, I since changed
            it to make better use of the pun.

            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/My_Bed

            Both are accepted in the OED.

            • transponder

              Dictionaries ‘accept’ everything these days. It doesn’t stop certain usages from grating on the ear (or mind, when they don’t make sense).

              • DavEd CamerBand

                You’re right, he confusion is on my part, I had “Lying” originally but
                then changed it for “laying”, as I had read it as to ‘lie’ both meanings
                would have worked, a pun within a pun.

                I became too obsessive
                about concluding my comment with an entertaining tangent about how an
                artist whom is famous (or infamous) for her messy bed, in order to cause
                “controvisy” in the art world is similar to GG’s infamous causing of
                controvisy in the political world. Sadly, I let my comment down by
                foolishly not taking good care to use the correct vocabulary throughout.

                Thankyou,
                for taking on board the substance of what I wrote and not focusing
                solely on my mixing up of the word “Lying”, and for being polite
                throughout your scrutiny of my comment.

                I write articles for a
                similar publication and due to my dyslexia; always make sure they are
                proofread by an entire team of people like you. They are wonderful.

                • transponder

                  On the one hand, it’s no big deal to make mistakes; on the other hand, even the proofeaders need proofreaders because it’s so easy to make them! (Case in point: I had to correct my reply to you.) Have a lovely weekend.

                • DavEd CamerBand

                  Yes, but what an opportunity to make use of both meanings of a word with a double meaning. I shall just assume credit for it.

                • MissCostello

                  Somebody tell me, I’m dreaming.

                • Realpolitik/ fruitcake/ racist

                  I’m dreaming.

  • http://abouddandachi.com/ Aboud Dandachi

    George Galloway, the world’s first Scottish Ayatollah, the man who built a career on “WhatAboutism”

  • Gwangi

    Who will rid us of George Galloway?
    Perhaps the knights who say ni indefatigably?

    • Ігар Лабацэвіч

      Funny that you mention it – “ni” is “no” in Ukrainian

  • Barakzai

    ‘Galloway excels even himself here.’

    Nothing in the Galloway oeuvre surpasses “Sir, I salute your courage, your strength, your indefatigability”. Nothing.

    • GUBU

      …unless you forget about the time he pretended to be a cat on national television.

      • MissCostello

        SO WHAT! Theres worse things than pretending to be a bloody cat, for G-ds sake! Have YOU never done anything a bit silly, oh perfect one.

    • Chris Bond

      I think Galloway is small fry compared to the sh*t storm created by Labour in their supported invasion of sovereign countries based on falsehoods, fabrications and naked economic gain. That this journalist advocates getting a labour candidate in is appalling.

      We in the UK really are a nation of bizarre people. We have the facts in front of us, yet seem confused as to who the bad guys are. Here is a clue – it’s the ones starting wars over gas pipelines in Syria, I will leave you to figure it out from there. It’s not hard. Start with the facts – then come to a conclusion based on the facts.

      • Barakzai

        I was commenting only on Galloway’s recorded pronouncements, not his policy-making; he has never had the opportunity to make national policy and, thankfully, never will.

        You open up an entirely different box, and what you draw attention to I wouldn’t disagree with . . .

        • Chris Bond

          Not aimed at you. I’m just adding that whilst Galloway is an idiot of the highest order, our gripe should be with this journalist trying to push anouther Emmanuel goldstein when the real issue is the Labour, Conservative and Lib Dem co-government shoving wars up our collective backsides.

      • Liberty

        Do you think that the Syrian civil war was about gas pipelines? And if so who is that you think started it?

        • Chris Bond

          USA, UK Saudi Arabia and Qatar started it in concert. Very simple. There is a massive gas field off the coast of Qatar which is also in Iranian waters. Qatar and Saudi Arabia wanted to build a gas pipeline from this field through Saudi, Jordan, Syria and Turkey to Europe. Assad said no, and signed an agreement for a pipeline from Iran (and their part of the field) through northern Iraq, syria and Turkey).
          Here is one of the very rare good Guardian articles regarding the matter – http://www.theguardian.com/environment/earth-insight/2013/aug/30/syria-chemical-attack-war-intervention-oil-gas-energy-pipelines
          and here is a good wikipage regarding the pipelines – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iran-Iraq-Syria_pipeline
          This is why we have Qatar, Saudi, US and EU versus Iran, Syria and Russia in this conflict. This also ties in with US attempts to split crimea/ Sevastopol from Russia and why Putin secured it immediately. It’s all geopolitics.

          • Liberty

            This is a fantastic conspiracy theory.

    • sarah_13

      Quite, par for the course.

  • rjbh

    Truly Massie, your gibberish only solidifies GG in his place, that whatever he spouts

    • gerontius

      Faint praise

    • newyork1974

      In fact, what Galloway says here is not a new revelation: there is unfortunately a long and pretty sordid history, from Czarist Russia to Hitler, of Zionist collaboration with extreme anti-Semitic organizations in Europe, the better to recruit Jewish immigrants to Palestine (as it was then known to all, including my European Jewish relatives who went there). The best documentary record of this can be found in Lenni Brenner’s book Zionism in the Age of the Dictators, detailing Zionist collaboration with Hitler and Mussolini. “Short, crisp, and carefully documented. Mr Brenner is able to cite numerous cases where Zionists collaborated with anti-Semitic regimes, including Hitler’s.” –Edward Mortimer, The Times (London)

      • Pedro Rabaçal

        What a load of fascist gibberish. Zionist collaboration with extreme anti-Semitic organizations in Europe! LOL Only blind hatred could make someone say such bullshit!

        And that´s shalloway´s fans!

      • MissCostello

        “not new”
        True, (maybe) – but nobody does it better.

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