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We know he wants to rejoin Labour. But does the party want him back?
Tags: George Galloway Labour
I second Adam557's point. As long as the "Labour" Party is in effect another version of the Tory/Liberal Party they deserve to get their behinds kicked from here to eternity, and I hope they do.
There is no way this clown is ever getting back into the Labour party. He can win the occasional protest vote but he stands for literally nothing.
George Galloway is a Stalinist-jihadist and an opportunist political whore. The Labour party’s fundamental problem, and the reason we languish in opposition; was Labour’s obsession with minorities’ minority issues and concerns, but particularly one minority. The Labour party doesn’t need George Galloway and definitely doesn’t need the people he represents. There’s no place in the Labour party for xenophobic, misogynistic, medievalist reactionaries, and there is definitely no place for homophobic anti-Semites.
"In east London, Galloway won by exploiting divisions. In Bradford he won by offering entertainment, and stimulating a constituency where voters felt taken for granted". This must be a different Bradford to the one I live in and a differen by election to the one I helped out at two weeks ago today, where exploiting racial and religious divisions was at the heart of this by-election. I had to gasp when I read Galloways intervention as "stimulating a consituency". I am not a member of the Labour party but went to help on the day after being "stimulated" by the truly dreadful things I overheard before the election. Bradford is a city deeply divided along racial and religious grounds and these were cynically and succesfully exploited. Bradford West will become a marginal conservative constituency under the proposed boundary changes (minus the innre city wards that I believe voted for GG in droves). If GG stands again I would even be prepared to vote conservative - something I have never done - if it meant unseating this dreadful politican.
If he joins I will resign my membership.
I think GG is more than comfortable in his new found position as agent provocateur and its a role he was born for. He is no more or less vainglorious than his parliamentary peers and has been consistent in his foreign policy views for decades. Labour should use him as a gauge for the populist view far more than any focus group and not dismiss his views without giving them serious thought. Yes, he is entertaining and adds a bit of spice to politics but personal attacks should not distract us from his core message to the Labour leadership : an expensive and futile interventionist foreign policy is simply not tenable.
Afghanistan? Iraq? and now Iran? I think GG is spot on in terms of his stance and so clearly, do the majority of voters.
It's quite interesting hearing reasoning of those currently involved with the Labour party. Not impressed with some of Galloway's views but he can certainly stir it up a bit and make things uncomfortable. The American thing was hilarious.
Galloway enjoys the limelight and will do whatever brings him most of that. It's very clear though that the Labour party is light years away from what it was originally meant to be.
Looking forward to their coming humiliation in the Scottish local elections
Interesting piece (which, before reading, I balked at) but I think that since his dismissal from the Labour Party Galloway's appeal has rested on the fact that he is a maverick, a cause unto himself. If he rejoined the party he would either be emasculated by the Whips (and lose a lot of his appeal in elections), or promptly booted out again for essentially acting as a lone wolf.
Livingstone was finished once he rejoined the Labour party.
Labour try to smear George with the party's own unpopularity. Ingenious, but completely bonkers.
The Labour party has never smeared George Galloway. George smears himself every time he allies himself with medieval reactionaries and religious fascists.
It's nice to see that Labour's lack of talent and intelligence doesn't stop at Gretna Green. Whoever this man is should have a think about what he's saying before putting pen to paper. Why on Earth would Galloway return to the Labour party? I don't see anything realistic in this piece.
Stick to photography, matey.
The thought churns my stomach, a maverick who cares for no one but himself.
I notice the author doesn't mention Galloway's stint on Press TV.
Press tv is a ligitimate news channel. You might not like it but it is.
Only if 'legitimate' has no meaning at all.
Hahaha, well said.
What a ridiculous offerring.
This is coming from the Labour Party, previously led by that bloke who was photographed shaking hands with and embracing Muammar Gadaffi? You know the father of Saif, who's homework Blair used to help out with.
You remember Blair, house guest and fan of Hosni Mubarak.
The hypocrisy of the Labour Party soars whenever Galloway is considered. They might be wise to concentrate on the issues at hand, because once a politician has made a name for him or herself, there's a rare chance there is no mud to be found upon them.
Guido Tallman - and several others on here - you are 100% right. All the little student types calling Galloway an 'islamo-fascist' - whatever that is - are missing the point. I live in Forest Gate, along side many immigrants from Bangla Desh and Pakistan, and other muslims from other countries too. I was born here and still live here, but I have to say i've never seen the Labour Party canvassing, because they take us for granted. As long as the Labour party occupies the 'middle' and supports war and doiesn't have a problem with being 'rich', they can kiss my harris. As for Galloway, slag him all you like - it doesn't mean a thing to people who want to stick it back to the 'political machine' that sold us down the river decades ago.
If the Labour Party accepts him back, they will lose my vote again (the first time was when Ed Miliband somehow appeared as its leader).
I can't believe for a second Labour would even consider inviting him back. He is a completely different case to Ken Livingstone who had popular support among a substantial amount of Labour activists. Judging by comments from other Labour members on Twitter the vast majority of members have no time for him and there would be outrage if he was invited back.
"So what role could George Galloway have back in the Labour Party? There can be no question of George occupying a position in the Foreign Office. The salute to Saddam Hussein will never be forgotten. "
Galloway should certainly be criticised for toadying to Saddam. But the idea of the Labour Party taking a credible moral stand on such matters is laughable.
Didn't Tony Blair describe Hosni Mubarak, during last year's Egyptian revolution, as "immensely courageous and a force for good"? I believe this was just as the courageous force for good was unleashing armed thugs on the civilian demonstrators in Tahrir Square.
And of course, Labour backed and armed some of the worst tyrannies in the Middle East during its time in office, as well as rendering Libyan dissidents to the Gaddafi regime for torture.
Dan McCurry is a photographer in east London and a Labour activist. He is a former chair of the Bow Labour Party.