Galloway Faces Serious Challenge. Back Naz Shah!
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).
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):
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.