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George Galloway: Religious Communalism in Action.

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Look hard and you will not discover any distinctively socialist politics.

Tower Hamlets schools have been transformed by Blair-Brown and Cameron.

Pleading for government offices to be transferred to Bradford, well….

Car Insurance? Bride Price?

Of the 193 member states of the United Nations, 135 have reconsidered Palestine (something we too support) – and you can bet that not many are socialist either.

He also stands for this:


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Ah yes, this was his speech about Charlie Hebdo at the infamous ‘Rally of Hate’:


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.”

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Latest from Bradford (Independent)

..many confess to also being impressed by the Labour candidate’s candour. Riza, a mother-of-two leaving a grocery store emblazoned with Respect posters, said: “I think she was brave to stand up like that. It can be difficult to be an Asian woman and I think it shows a strength of character. She’s up against a lot of men – and I don’t just mean the guy on those posters.”

Mr Galloway suggests he is on track for victory with a potential tally of 15,000 votes, though the bookies say the result is likely to be close with the fedora-wearing Respect leader a narrow favourite ahead of Ms Shah.

In the event of defeat, Mr Galloway has hinted he may consider turning his sights on London and running as mayor. In the meantime, his fierce gaze remains firmly on Bradford West, where he has raised the issue of curbing the taxi app Uber as part of his pitch.

This the style, this is the man, beyond parody.

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  1. When I mentioned impending severe cuts to in my sector here in Tower Hamlets to a comrade, she said that I should get involved with the campaign for the TUSC candidate and perhaps he could help shame the labour party into doing something about it.

    She only meant well, but it was an unfortunate choice of words because it brought back memories of Respect people shaming Labour’s Rushanara Ali as a bad woman and as a bad Muslim in the 2010 election. There was nothing as gross as what George is up to in Bradford, but it was toxic misogyny just the same. The white male lefties, who practically pee their pants with excitement over a ‘Muslim woman’ politician like Salma Yacoob or Rabina Khan, did not condemn this shaming and takfir on a British Bangladeshi Muslim woman.

    Because of this I can’t support TUSC/Left Unity, even though I recognise that Labour has no plans to let up on the cuts. Politics isn’t just about who wins, it’s about how you struggle and the communities you create in the struggle.

    TH worrier

    May 1, 2015 at 5:51 pm

  2. And thank you for pointing out that the success of TH schools is nothing to do with the mayor, though he’d like to take credit for it.

    TH worrier

    May 1, 2015 at 5:54 pm

  3. What exactly is ‘bride price discrimination’?

    Sue R

    May 1, 2015 at 6:22 pm

  4. A local teacher has been blogging about Bradford’s poor education system and has much to say about Mr Galloway. Seems George only became interested in this subject very, very recently and the main problem with his efforts is George’s inability to work with anyone else.


    There’s another George leaflet (the one Andrew runs part of) where he lays claim to a whole stack of Bradford improvements – one of which is owned by an Israeli, I kid not – which have had the locals who actually ran the campaigns for them more than a bit pissed off.

    One last push … > http://www.oddschecker.com/politics/british-politics/bradford-west/winning-party

    Paul Canning

    May 1, 2015 at 6:54 pm

  5. *Prodding ‘Mike’*

    Paul Canning

    May 1, 2015 at 7:05 pm

  6. Mask slips again on official Twitter feed:

    Paul Canning

    May 1, 2015 at 7:20 pm

  7. Many in the defend Lutfur Rahman camp are very concerned about ‘zionists’ too.

    TH worrier

    May 1, 2015 at 7:56 pm

  8. what is the meaning of ‘mask slips’? What in your opinion is there under the ‘mask’?
    There is no mask at all.

    We all need to salute George Galloway’s Indefatigable struggle of against imperialism.

    the LGBT/Zionist assault on Galloway/Rahman will not work, they will not just bend over and take it.

    bride price and car insurance are local issues.
    Palestine and anti war are international issues.

    what’s the problem?


    May 1, 2015 at 8:38 pm

  9. ‘struggle against imperialism’

    Napoleon appears quite comfortable with Russian and Iranian imperialism.

  10. pinkorat-cheap shot. it is the duty of a British leftist to struggle primarily against British and allied imperialisms.

    I am not aware of any Iranian imperialist at all. the fact that you added Iranian has led to your own mask slipping, revealing a secret zionist pretending to be a leftist.


    May 1, 2015 at 9:39 pm

  11. Do the local Muslim population of Bradford think thay are paying too much money for their wives? Id so, it is hard to see how this is a matter for the British Parliament.

    Sue R

    May 1, 2015 at 10:37 pm

  12. Any criticism if the Iranian theocracy is zionist is it? B,O.L.L.O.X

    It is not the job of ‘British leftists’ to be the paid mouthpiece of other imperialisms. How are you going with the labour theory of value?

  13. pinkkorat- you’re not a teacher to set homework. in fact, you should learn from Galloway.
    Press TV is not perfect, but it is not under the complete control of zionists.


    May 1, 2015 at 11:44 pm

  14. I see ‘Mike’ doesn’t fancy my prodding. No surprise there then. Typed it while wearing my fedora and everything but he sees through my Zionist schemes. I’ll never match up to gorgeous George. Drat.

    Tell me, subject A, what first drew you to the man in the hat? Was it, A, his Churchillian eloquence, B, his love of fine wine or, C, his rather large bank account?

    Matron! Matron! Someone let an art project loose on a socialist blog!

    Paul Canning

    May 2, 2015 at 12:16 am

  15. Just watched a fantastic doco recorded off the telly earlier this week. Was about Kurdish PKK Peshmerga women in Rojava fighting in the resistance against Daesh barbarism. One commander, named Media said she didn’t know whether to laugh or cry at the ‘self-seception of the racist patriarchs’ butshe was quite happy to go about her job of sending Daesh scum straight to hell. The political consciousness of the youth engaged in the struggle is a welcome contratst to the modern cults of narcissism, consumption and depoliticisation.

    Normal service is now resumed.

  16. How could we forget Press TV, also part of Galloway’s ‘revenue stream’.

    “In June 2010, Channel 4, the British broadcaster, transmitted a programme featuring Maziar Bahari, a documentary maker and Newsweek contributor, who was arrested while covering the Iranian presidential election in 2009, and held in custody for 118 days. He alleged that a Press TV 10 second interview and ‘confession’ had been preceded by torture, and was given under the threat of execution.[30] Bahari, now a British resident, complained to Ofcom, the regulatory authority for the telecommunication industries in the United Kingdom.[30]

    In May 2011, Ofcom ruled that Press TV was responsible for a serious breach of UK broadcasting rules by airing the 10 second interview with Maziar Bahari, accepting that it had been obtained under duress while he was held in a Tehran jail.[31] Press TV rejected Ofcom’s findings and accused Bahari of being “an MI6 contact person”.[32] A fine of £100,000 ($155,000 in January 2012) was eventually imposed in November 2011, reversing an initial decision to revoke Press TV’s licence.[33] Press TV responded: “The British royal family exercises an overarching power over all branches in the political system of the [UK], including the government and the parliament, as well as on Ofcom.”[33] At the beginning of December, The Observer journalist Nick Cohen called for Ofcom to revoke the station’s broadcast licence, not only because behaviour towards Maziar Bahari, but in addition:

    “If whites ran Press TV, one would have no difficulty in saying it was a neo-Nazi network. It welcomes British Holocaust-deniers such as Nicholas Kollerstrom, fascist ideologues such as Peter Rushton, the leader of the White Nationalist party – an organisation that disproves the notion that the only thing further to the right of the BNP is the wall…”[19]

    On 20 January 2012, Press TV’s licence to broadcast in the UK was revoked by Ofcom.”


    Andrew Coates

    May 2, 2015 at 10:48 am

  17. “..the LGBT/Zionist assault on Galloway/Rahman will not work, they will not just bend over and take it.” – mike

    john r

    May 2, 2015 at 12:09 pm

  18. RT also regularly hosts fascists and far right loons. Searchlight has done a number of stories about RT’s “often pro-fascist reporting”. See http://www.searchlightmagazine.com/archive/from-russia-with-hate

    This is a good example of how RT operate:

    “A film crew from Russia’s RT Documentaries TV channel is coming to London on 19 April. Headed by producer Eldar Kazakov, they plan to interview representatives of as many far-right groups as possible for a long programme

    I asked Kazakov why he was so keen to give oxygen to failing and inconsequential far-right groups rather than go after the Iona London Forum and Traditional Britain Group, who are the most dangerous operators currently. Could it be connected with the presence of Alexander Dugin at a conference in London promoted by the Traditional Britain Group last October. Dugin shared the platform with the French far-right quasi philosopher Alain de Benoist in October, the same man who appeared alongside him at another London conference in the 1980s. One of the organising groups for that conference was the original Iona group.

    Dugin is a close friend of Putin. I suggested Kazakov investigate Iona’s links not only with Dugin but with extreme right groups in Russia, Syria and Ukraine. Such a programme would be far more relevant than the one he was planning.

    Putin has cultivated European extreme-right organisations and even invited their representatives to observe last month’s illegal referendum in Crimea. Of the 50 observers present, we have so far 37, of whom 34 were from the far-right , one was from a Baltic Stalinist Communist party and another from a Greek Stalinist party.

    In 2011 Nick Griffin MEP, leader of the BNP, visited polling stations in Russia and claimed that elections to the State Duma were much fairer than UK elections. Last year Griffin was interviewed on RT about the conflict in Syria.

    A few days after the French municipal elections in March, one of the Le Pen family rushed off to visit Putin in Moscow so that the two of them could congratulate each other over their election successes.

    Of course if Kazakov told the truth about these matters, he too might end up without a job.”

    @Redkorat – was it this doc on female Peshmerga fighters? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1aEwvfmk8Tc

    Paul Canning

    May 2, 2015 at 12:17 pm

  19. @ Paolo – no it wasn’t that one, but thanks for the link, will watch later. I’m off for a nice warm cup of blood while I count my shekels.

  20. Reblogged this on oogenhand.


    May 2, 2015 at 3:35 pm

  21. Mike – “the mask slips” obviously referred to the use of “Jew” as a pejorative (rather than the, often, euphemistic Z-word).

    Do you really not see that as a problem?


    May 3, 2015 at 12:35 am

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