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Galloway Number 3 in ‘House of Scroungers’ says Socialist Worker – er, Not.

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Socialist Worker says,

House of Scroungers

Tory MP Sir Malcolm Rifkind says it’s “quite unrealistic” to expect MPs to live on their salary of £67,000 a year.

They note that,

“Gordon Brown, the former prime minister, declared additional income of close to £1 million. Geoffrey Cox, the Conservative MP, declared earnings of £820,000—12 times the annual MP wage.”

And conclude:

As Jack Straw with great foresight said in 2010 “Their behaviour, prima facie, does indeed bring the Parliamentary Labour Party, as well as parliament, into disrepute, because it appears that former Cabinet ministers are more interested in making money than they are in properly representing their constituents.”

For an unaccountable reason George Galloway got left off Socialist Worker’s little list, so we have helpfully supplied the full one.


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  1. He may have to pay alimony to his various ex-wives and children, although as one of those marriages was an Islamic ceremony I don’t know if this applies.

    Sue R

    February 25, 2015 at 1:58 pm

  2. People have pointed out that Gordon Brown gives his extra-Parliamentary earnings to charity and good causes.

    Which leaves pigsley Galloway edging ever nearer to the top of the list.

    Andrew Coates

    February 25, 2015 at 6:16 pm

  3. Amusing questions being asked of the Gorgeous One. (H/t Harry’s Place)


    John R

    February 25, 2015 at 11:49 pm

  4. As a former member of Respect Unity coalition, I understood that Galloway, like every politician, has backers. Why should we pretend to be shocked, when we all know it? I dont know the details, but Galloways’ backers seem to be Arab and Muslim business people, some bigger than others, some British and others foreign, and he like every other MP represents the interests of his backers. Galloway puts himself forward as the electoral leadership of the Muslim community, and to be fair he does have support.

    when the split with the SWP happened, the SWP didnt have any base in any of the Muslim areas, so without Galloway, they were finished, or nothing more than what they were before with the Socialist Alliance.

    I dont have any particular problem of making an alliance of different forces over a particular issue, ie the war, but the leaders should be honest about the terms of the alliance ( LGBT, abortions, womens’ libs are shibboleths Lindsey German implied, dont bring them up…) and not try and mask it, while there is plenty of dirty politicking behind the scenes. some people who joined respect did precisely because they saw Respect as a pro muslim party, it was for their interests, and they were restaurant owner of Bangladeshi origin etc. nice people. however, the Rees/German leadership insisted on ‘winning over’ people, presumably muslims, to socialism. It never happened. I never saw anyone won over however from respect

    i like Galloway, because he is a character, and they are too few these days in politics. But he is ultimately a politician representing certain interests which may coincide in some parts, but are not identical.

    there is something rather dishonest in some of Galloway’s Islamc posturing and his refusal to say openly whether or not he is a Muslim. I know some Muslims dont trust him, and I dont trust him, but he makes for great radio and TV! and in an age of camerons/cleggs/milibands, Galloway stands out,


    February 26, 2015 at 12:35 am

  5. This isnt about “backers” of Respect this is about earnings from second (or third) jobs. Backing political parties is about a clash of economic interest e.g. TU money for Labour, hedge fund money for the tories. You will have to ask “Bangladeshi restaurant owners” what the deal with GG is.

    It is about second jobs and despite Browns earnings going to charity/good causes we should still be calling for workers MPs on workers wages.

    Boleyn Ali

    February 26, 2015 at 11:39 am

  6. There are too many ‘characters’ in politics these days!

    From Boris, Farage to Galloway, they are all worse weasels than the rest.

    Give us some grey-faced committee people say I!

    Andrew Coates

    February 26, 2015 at 1:30 pm

  7. No-one ever described Clem Atlee as a “character”

    Jim Denham

    February 27, 2015 at 5:17 pm

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