A real shame to see the return of George Galloway at the expense of Oona King in Bethnal Green and Bow. I was sincerely hoping that this Stalinist throwback would disappear into the political ether. But alas, he’s back, having ousted Oona King on a single issue: the Iraq war. Ms King has served Bethnal Green and Bow (one of the country’s poorest and most ethnically diverse constituencies) since 1997 and has won plaudits for her hard work, especially on housing. In any other instance you would expect her to be returned without question. But Galloway, utilising his (unfathomable) popularity with Muslims, fought this election on a single, national (in fact, international) issue and won.
This is a man, as we all know, who snuggled up to tyrannical despot Saddam Hussein (whose hands were still warm from recently gassing thousands of Kurds to death), and said: “Sir, I salute your courage, your strength, your indefatigability.” Apparently, this quote was “taken out of context”. Really? Perhaps the preceding lines were full of fierce admonishment, but he stuck that on the end to finish on a positive note. Maybe the full text went something like this: “Saddam, you are a vile and murderous villain. A bandit elevated to statesman. You are human excrement but, sir, I salute your courage, your strength, your indefatigability.” He might as well have got down on his knees and gobbled the old tyrant’s cock. No doubt that would have been “taken out of context” by the imperialist, capitalist media as well.
Galloway’s return is a pox on us all.