It would be impossible to catch up on some of the events of the last week without mentioning the antics of George Galloway on Celebrity Big Brother. We all saw him, with a mixture of horror and revulsion, frolicking with that haggard old brass who used to be married to Dennis Waterman. Preparing for a ‘task’ to see if ‘humans can communicate with animals’, everyone’s favourite Trotskyite despot-rimmer pretended to be a cat, with Rula Lenska playing the adoring owner. It was a stomach churning display with dollops of hideous sexual overtone. Really, it had to be seen to be believed. As somebody, somewhere put it: “(Galloway has gone) from being Saddam’s bitch to Rula Lenska’s pussy.”
But it’s all worked out for the best because agreeing to appear on the show will prove to be the most poorly calculated decision he has ever made in his political career (and considering he routinely praises dictators, that’s up against some real howlers). It is backfiring in spectacular fashion. His stated intention was to have an opportunity to air his vehement anti-war opinions but, if he is discussing these at any point, they’re being cut before it goes out on air. A spokesperson for the increasingly laughable Respect Coalition claims that Channel 4 are censoring their man. Personally, I suspect he’s too ensconced in the whole experience to give a damn about any of it anymore. He has managed to irreparably damage his own credibility (such as it was) while ensuring that his new party can never again be taken seriously by anyone. And considering the ‘coalition’ is, at heart, a cabal of hardline socialists married to sections of the Islamic far right, this is a very good thing indeed.