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Socialist Unity Defends Galloway and Attacks “Free Speech Merchants” who Defend Charlie Hebdo.

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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.

Galloway posted a telephone number, instructing his 234,000 followers: “to call to register your complaints about the lynch-mob masquerading as @bbcquestiontime last night. Please do.”

….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,

Footage has emerged showing firebrand MP George Galloway condemning the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo for producing “pornographic, obscene insults” against the Prophet Muhammad.

….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),

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Update: this is brilliant and essential reading: Why Blasphemy law is unpardonable: a pre-emptive attack on IERA debate.


Written by Andrew Coates

February 7, 2015 at 11:54 am

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  1. None of this surprises me. Galloway, Wight, Socialist Unity. The new far-right.

    Howard Fuller

    February 7, 2015 at 12:13 pm

  2. Yet another semi-literate idiot dismissing about 2/3 of satire because it doesn’t attack the powerful and rich. Also, Galloway is richer than average and has a certain amount of power and influence. When anyone holds him to account he (a) calls his lawyers; (b) rallies his social media mob to complain to the BBC.


    February 7, 2015 at 6:48 pm

  3. Wight and his under-strapper Nooman grovel to the millionaire Galloway and attack free speech, satire and enlightenment values (such as Marxism): these people are scum. As Howard says, “the new far-right” And that includes the SWP, of course.

    Jim Denham

    February 7, 2015 at 7:54 pm

  4. Surely Galloway is inciting social strife and reacism? By demonising everyone who does not agree totally with him, he is inciting people to attack them. Isn’t this what they call ‘passive-aggressive’, although there is nothing passive about the way he is doing it. As for the ‘fire’ analogy, I think it is weak. Free speech usually refers to the discussion of ideas not to physical events. I knowd it was a ruling of the American Supreme Court that established that rule but (in my humble opinion) it’s wrong. I also note that Galloway signs off his rant with ‘As Salaam Aliaichem’ thereby proving that he is a Muslim. Muslims get very angry in unbelievers use those ritualistic words.

    Sue R

    February 7, 2015 at 8:21 pm

  5. I would also think that many of his rallies are not far off incitement and threats.

    Galloway’s call, “for the sake of social peace” for “sake of unity” the “protection of the prophets from obscene and pornographic provocation” looks like a pretty clear case.

    Is he saying that if “the prophets” are not protected then there will be “no social peace”?

    He, himself, is a man of peace, he no doubt claims to “abhor” violence.

    Who does he know who will disrupt ‘social peace”?

    Yes, he is a man of peace……but his friends Mr and Mr so and so are not so peace-loving……..

    Andrew Coates

    February 8, 2015 at 12:08 pm

  6. We note that Martin Smith – ‘Comrade Delta‘ formerly of the SWP, also joined in with all the moral authority he can muster (with a certain ‘Tash Shifrin’).

    “here have been huge spontaneous demos in cities across France and elsewhere in Europe tonight, reflecting the scale of horror and anger at the killings.

    But while we share revulsion at the killings, we disagree sharply with those who have responded by reproducing Charlie Hebdo covers “in solidarity” with the magazine or supporting its politics”

    “Charlie Hebdo has a long record of producing deliberately offensive anti-Muslim cartoons and other material, loaded with racist stereotypes.”

    “The brutality of the killings should not allow anyone to get swept into the idea that publishing offensive racist cartoons is positive or progressive. It is not.”


    Andrew Coates

    February 8, 2015 at 1:07 pm

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