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Galloway’s ugly politics

31 March 2012

1:22 PM

31 March 2012

1:22 PM

Helen Pidd’s report of George Galloway’s victory in Bradford West recounts what happened just after he had
arrived back from the count:

‘Galloway climbed on top of a grey car and was handed a megaphone to preach to the assembled faithful.

All praise to Allah!" he yelled, to jubilant cries of "Allah Allah!" And on it went. "Long live Iraq! Long live Palestine!" ‘

First of all this suggests that enthusiasm for Galloway wasn’t, as some are suggesting, driven by his opposition to austerity but by his sectional appeal. Second, it is a
depressing reminder of what is happening to British politics.

There’ll be a lot of ink spilled in the next few days on the limitations of Britain’s political parties. Much of this will be accurate: it is hardly inspiring that the argument of the
three main parties so often boils down to we are the least worst option. But Galloway represents an even uglier form of politics, one based around crude communal appeals.

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