Socialist Unity Defends Galloway and Attacks “Free Speech Merchants” who Defend Charlie Hebdo.
Happier Times: Galloway with a Respectful Listener.
This week’s Question Time included George Galloway on the panel.
Galloway did not appreciate his robust reception.
The Huffington Post reports,
After an bruising appearance on Question Time Thursday night, George Galloway is appealing to the public to complain to the BBC about his treatment.
….Upon leaving the show, Galloway tweeted that his car had been “kicked and thumped”, though footage later posted on YouTube shows the 60-year-old climbing into a car apparently unmolested as police officers stand by.
A small crowd can be heard shouting at Galloway asking him: “Why are you an anti-Semite?” but the car leaves without delay.
Twitter user BaggyBrett remarked: “It wasn’t an attack. It was a demo against him. He’s glorifying it for the sake of creating his agenda.”
The controversy has yet to die down.
To John Wight on Socialist Unity.
Someone tweeted last night after the show ‘Je Suis George Galloway’. It is hard to argue with that sentiment after the attempted political and public lynching of the Respect MP on Question Time.
In the same article he ventured this view,
The free speech ‘merchants’, those who were so up in arms over matters related to the massacre at the offices of Charlie Hebdo, who use free speech as a sword rather than a shield, would like nothing more than to silence one of the only voices in the country’s national life who dares challenge the demonisation of Muslims and the Muslim community, establishment support for the apartheid state of Israel, and a political status of quo of military intervention overseas and social and economic injustice at home.
While disagreeing with the poster Socialist Unity showed its dedication to free speech by letting this comment on Wight’s piece stand,
This show was A disgrace to democracy and stunk of being set up by The Jewish Lobby within the BBC, I demand A full investigation into the Production team and other involved.
More, from a very different angle, on the Galloway Show: here.
These are Galloway’s views on Charlie Hebdo,
….we condemn utterly the murder of 17 people in the events in Paris. But we will not allow this Charlie Hebdo magazine to be described as a king of loveable, anarchic, fun book of cartoons.
“These are not cartoons, these are not depictions of the Prophet, these are pornographic, obscene insults to the Prophet and by extension, 1.7billion human beings on this earth and there are limits.
“There are limits. There limits to free speech and free expression especially in France.”
Galloway described the newspaper’s purpose as “to further marginalize, further alienate and further endanger exactly those parts of the community who are already alienated, already endangered. It is a racist, Islamophobic, hypocritical rag.”
“Je ne suis pas Charlie Hebdo,” he declared.
Galloway has also offered to teach satirists how to do satire (a crowded field),
Update: this is brilliant and essential reading: Why Blasphemy law is unpardonable: a pre-emptive attack on IERA debate.
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