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Galloway Faces Serious Challenge. Back Naz Shah!

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For reasons that escape the Tendance no left party, independent of Labour, is standing against George Galloway in his fiefdom of Bradford West.

The New Statesman perhaps offers a clue: Kitty has been showing his claws a lot recently,

The notoriously good-tempered Respect politician, who recently threatened to sue Guardian writer Hadley Freeman for comments she made on Twitter, responded: “what does that mean? And should you as a licensed premises in my constituency really be writing that?” He added that the tweet was “most unwise” and that “you’ll be hearing from me after the election”.


Goodfella Galloway is without doubt a ‘wise guy’.

We note in passing that Galloway now has four mates on the council to help him in this teetotaller’s mission to deal with ‘complaints’ about a place serving alcohol (Four Bradford councillors who quit George Galloway’s Respect 18 months ago have rejoined the party after apparently making up with the MP).

His spat with Bradford Brewery, closed by the masterstroke of the cleverly disguised hint of a threat,  is the latest in a long series of rows the third highest (from outside cash) earning member of Parliament (£303,350. 2014) has had.

There was this in January (Huffington Post).

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

The Respect MP for Bradford West was speaking at a freedom of speech demonstration outside Bradford City Hall on Saturday.

This is what the increasingly rattled MP said (in summary):

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People may comment that Galloway’s lessons on the ‘proper job’ of journalists and cartoonists are indeed valuable  given the endless material he provides for our edification and entertainment.

A Freedom of Speech Rally?

He’s having a larf…..

Then there was this, George Galloway demands £5,000 from Twitter users (8th of April).

Not so funny.

For our part we would vote for Naz Shah, if we lived in the constituency.

A 41-year-old British Pakistani, the mother of three has worked as a disability rights advocate and a Samaritans volunteer, chairs a mental health charity and is now the Labour parliamentary candidate for Bradford West. While her contemporaries might have Oxbridge degrees in philosophy, politics and economics, Shah’s political education was less theoretical: she spent 12 years campaigning alongside Southall Black Sisters for the release of her mother, Zoora Shah, who was jailed in 1993 for murdering a man who raped, beat and pimped her for more than a decade.

In a moving personal account, Shah explains how the terrible events her family endured helped shape her political career – and the debt she owes her mother, whose dreams, she says, are responsible for all she has achieved.


If that fails, Bradford Brewery has pledged to put up a candidate to oppose George Galloway if he is re-elected.


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  1. I wouldn’t call Galloway a self-obsessed, narcissistic, Israel-hating obsessive and conspiracy-theorist. Neither would I accuse the pope of being a Catholic.

    Jim Denham

    April 8, 2015 at 1:56 pm

  2. This looks like being a very dirty election, surprised there’s not been more reporting. The ‘smears’ against Naz Shah [more http://nazshah.eu.pn/%5D have brought out even Warsi and the Tory candidate in her support. Then I notice this http://www.yorkshirestandard.co.uk/yoursay/trojan-horse-and-henry-jackson-society-links-in-bradford-and-elections-11541/ linking Khalid Mahmood to Bradford and asking:

    “Why would that be? Could it be that the seat to be contested is held by George Galloway a powerful voice against Israeli aggression and Zionism?”

    Then at the Respect launch Galloway raves on about Mahmood.

    Everything suggests Galloway will win again and you’ve got to ask how Labour stuffed this one up so badly.

    Paul Canning

    April 8, 2015 at 2:14 pm

  3. In 1997, we had the Portillo moment.

    This year, I look forward to these three losing –

    1. Clegg
    2. Galloway
    3. Farage

    Of course, seeing Ed standing in front of No. 10 is stll the main hope. Then, for fun, the inevitable Tory “Night of the Long Knives” bloodbath.

    John R

    April 8, 2015 at 2:56 pm

  4. Still intrigued as to why more has not been made of the fact that there is no Respect candidate in neighbouring Bradford East.

    Is Gorgeous George the Socialist backing the LibDem as a result of certain commonalities with David Ward MP. Certainly worth adding Bradford East to John R’s 2015 Portillo moments.

  5. Interesting point Phil.

    What are these commonalities?

    Andrew Coates

    April 8, 2015 at 4:43 pm

  6. Thanks to Twitter mystery solved:

    Bob From Brockley’s Election Priorities no.6: Get rid of David Ward

    “David Ward is the Liberal Democrat MP for Bradford East, elected at the last election with a majority of just 365 votes. As the Liberal Democrats’ collaboration with the Conservatives has probably killed off the Lib Dem vote, it seems pretty likely this will be a Labour gain.

    David Ward’s Wikipedia page gives plenty of reasons why he is unfit to sit in parliament. Here’s just one:

    On 25 January 2013 the Liberal Democrats reprimanded Ward for his “use of language” in a statement about Israel’s treatment of Palestinians which he put on his blog the same day that he signed a memorial book in the British House of Commons marking Holocaust Memorial Day. He wrote there that he honoured “those who were persecuted and killed during the Holocaust” but also commented: “Having visited Auschwitz twice – once with my family and once with local schools – I am saddened that the Jews, who suffered unbelievable levels of persecution during the Holocaust, could within a few years of liberation from the death camps be inflicting atrocities on Palestinians in the new State of Israel and continue to do so on a daily basis in the West Bank and Gaza.”[36][37]

    Karen Pollock, chief executive of the Holocaust Educational Trust, said: “Mr Ward has deliberately abused the memory of the Holocaust, causing deep pain and offence – these comments are sickening and unacceptable and have no place in British politics”. Jon Benjamin, chief executive of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, said: “We are outraged and shocked at these offensive comments about Jewish victims of the Holocaust and the suggestion that Jews should have learned a lesson from the experience.”[36] On Twitter,National Union of Students education officer Rachel Wenstone accused him of “casual antisemitism” and Ian Austin, a Labour Member of Parliament, accused him of “racism”.[38]

    When asked if he was not accusing Jews, rather than the Israeli state, of persecuting Palestinians, he replied: “I’m accusing the Jews who did it, so if you’re a Jew and you did not do it I’m not accusing you. I’m saying that those Jews who did that and continue to do it have not learned those lessons.”[38]



    Andrew Coates

    April 8, 2015 at 5:11 pm

  7. Deafening silence from the usual suspects over the assault on Yarmouk camp in Damascus. If Gaza is compared to Auschwitz, how do you describe the conditions in Yarmouk? (Incidentally, the first Battle of Yarmouk was between the Byzantines and the Muslim Invaders.)

    Sue R

    April 8, 2015 at 6:06 pm

  8. have we already entered, in England, an undeclared system of ethnic bloc voting?
    George Galloway as the voice of Islam, Naz Shah, obviously a Muslim name. Is it the case that only someone with either an Islamic name or a well known supporter of various Islamic issues can win?

    if this is what has actually developed in the UK, then I am not sure i support anybody.


    April 9, 2015 at 12:08 am

  9. “George Galloway accuses Labour candidate Naz Shah of lying about her forced marriage

    The room descended into chaos as the Respect MP took to the stand in Manningham to make his plea to potential voters
    Jenn Selby Author Biography

    Thursday 09 April 2015

    George Galloway has sensationally claimed that Bradford West Labour candidate Naz Shah, who is set to stand against him in the General Election in May, lied about the details of her forced marriage.

    The women’s rights campaigner found herself thrust into the media spotlight in March after she published an emotive personal account of how her early life of extreme poverty and violence inspired her to become an MP.

    Among the details she recalled was being sent to Pakistan at the age of 12 to escape her mother’s violent drug-dealing partner, only to be strong-armed into an arranged marriage at the age of 15.

    Speaking at the Carlisle Business Centre in Manningham, where prospective parliamentary candidates from Respect, Labour, Conservatives, Ukip, the Lib Dems and the Greens took to the podium to make their case to potential voters, Galloway said to Shah: “The 27 of February was the day you came bottom of the poll with just 13 votes out of almost 220 in the Bradford West Labour Party selection.

    “You are a big loser, then, and the kind of way you have embarked on this campaign will make you a big loser again. You have only a passing acquaintance with the truth. You claimed, and gullible journalists believed you, that you were subject to a forced marriage at the age of 15. But you were not 15. You were 16-and-a-half.”

    Galloway was halted by the chair of the debate after the room descended into jeers from the crowd.

    Galloway later continued: “The issue is, my opponent is a liar. She lied about me, she lied about her age, she slandered this community for her own selfish ends. She played into every stereotype.”

    Given a final 20 seconds by the chair to make his plea to constituents, he said: “I have set politics alight in Bradford. That’s why the media are here. We turned Bradford politics upside down, we’ve shaken the complacency of Labour, which is why they hate us so much. They have betrayed the people in Bradford and elsewhere in the country. We are the real Labour party, and that’s why they hate us.”


    Andrew Coates

    April 9, 2015 at 12:55 pm

  10. what Galloway says seems to me to be true. She is a ‘spiv’ candidate, she is a Muslim who has suffered from some aspects of Pakistani Islamic culture, and can thus be used both as a Muslim against Galloway. It is rather odd, a white scottish Islamic convert vs a born Muslim who has rebelled against her culture.

    I dont necessarily support Galloway, but she seems to be a ‘spiv’ put forward to make Galloway look bad.
    It is also correct, Galloway is a world class parliamentarian, but he comes across sometimes as a bit of a twat. He seems to be a bully, even if he’s right, and thats not good for him. He should also come clean and say whether he is nor is not a Muslim. It is not a personal issue, as he uses it for political ends. he is a better muslim than the previous labour candidate, because he doesn’t drink etc. what if someone said i’m a better Jew than Milliband because i dont eat bacon. the election has become ridiculously and overtly communalist.


    April 9, 2015 at 2:58 pm

  11. “You claimed, and gullible journalists believed you, that you were subject to a forced marriage at the age of 15. But you were not 15. You were 16-and-a-half.”

    It’s reassuring to know she was 16 and a half when she was forced into a marriage. That makes it all right then.

    Isn’t the British far left wonderful? They never met a bunch of non-western patriarchal thugs they didn’t want to make excuses for. And these are the sort of pro-rape ‘socialists’ running many of the unions and social services in our country. It explains quite a lot, including why the far left has almost zero public support. Unfortunately these creepy people often have publicly-funded jobs.


    April 9, 2015 at 5:47 pm

  12. That “spiv” line above is moderately creepy.

    But may confirm my suspicion that “kimchee” has more in common with “jackson” / “dave” / “neil” than might be imagined …


    April 10, 2015 at 1:09 am

  13. *************URGENT*************

    Why should I vote for a murderer? Ms Shah should not have been released from prison for fraud, attempted fraud and murder. See Regina vs Shah

    Why did Ms Shah commit fraud to steal a house from her landlord?

    She has never worked a day in her life – benefit scrounger – single mum on benefits with multiple kids – her court cases and prison has cost us taxpayers £5million+!!!!!!!!!!!

    It’s the feminist brigade that has now resulted in millions of women like her being left on the scrap heap after they stop ovulating at 35 – shame on you guys!


    May 7, 2015 at 10:47 am

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