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“Misogynistic, vitriolic, very dangerous” – George Galloway as described in Naz Shah’s Maiden Speech.

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Just out: “Naz Shah (Bradford West) (Lab) (Maiden Speech House of Commons)

It is customary to say a few pleasant words about my predecessor—[Laughter.] I have many words, but sadly only a few pleasant ones.

My predecessor was, I am told, a great orator.

The sad truth is that the only words he ever directed towards me were misogynistic, vitriolic, very dangerous and, to quote him, “only ever had a fleeting relationship with the truth”.

However, it would be most unwise of me not to compliment him on his sensational acting abilities, not forgetting, as demonstrated in “Big Brother”, his taste for red leotards and black hats. I would like to take this opportunity to thank him for his actions, which united the people of Bradford West. Their patience—and, indeed, mine—certainly paid off when we handed him his P45 on 8 May.

The Spandex Cat has truly left the building.”

Thanks DT.

Ha, Ha Ha!

Good on you Naz!


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  1. Naz Shah used to work for the PREVENT scheme, a government scheme to spy on Muslims. Its odd the people that this site applauds. If anything is going to increase Muslim disillusionment with the parliamentary system, its the election of someone like Naz Shah, a government created ‘Muslim’ that ticks all the boxes for pseudo leftists like yourself.

    Galloway will be mayor hopefully. lets get behind Galloway!


    July 8, 2015 at 6:52 pm

  2. Tom Owolade deals with the Xaviers of this world here-

    “Notice how its implications are both racist and arrogant. Racist in supposing that your racial identity should dictate how you think and what you think, rather than being contingent on those two factors. And arrogant in supposing that ‘only blacks who agree with me are doing so out of their own volition’. The idea that a person of colour can disagree without being conditioned to do so is too objectionable to these anti-racists.

    Liberal Muslims and ex-Muslims are tarred with this foul brush. In a Bath university conference, organised by academics who believe the greatest threats to the world are neocons and Zionists (interesting), a speaker called ex-Muslims native informants because they have the temerity to oppose Islamic extremism more stridently than they oppose the West – the same West which, as a matter of fact, has given them the freedom to criticise Islamic extremism without facing death or jail.”


    John R

    July 8, 2015 at 7:16 pm

  3. Well done, Naz, dealing with the wanker Galloway. And shame on the SWP and others on the “left” who pandered to this egocentric buffoon.


    July 8, 2015 at 11:37 pm

  4. This woman is a legend

  5. Reblogged this on A Riverside View.

    Kevin Algar

    July 9, 2015 at 8:29 am

  6. Anything to make you feel better John R

    Charlotte Barber

    July 9, 2015 at 10:36 am

  7. SBS deplores attacks on Naz Shah

    SBS | Wednesday, April 15th, 2015 | No Comments »
    George Galloway and his cohorts have signalled a new low in British politics by mounting what can only be described as a vicious and mean minded assault on Naz Shah, the Labour Party’s candidate for Bradford West in the coming general election. Galloway’s attempt at character assassination relies on selectively drawing upon Naz’s complex and difficult background, and it speaks volumes about political opportunism and the naked hunger for power by any means necessary.

    SBS worked with Naz when she was a young and extremely vulnerable woman in the late 90s. We waged a campaign for justice for her mother, Zoora Shah, who had been jailed for life for killing a man who had physically, financially, sexually and emotionally abused her at a time in the 70s and 80s when services for all battered women (let alone those from BME backgrounds) were non-existent. Zoora had been deserted by her first husband when her children were very young, leaving her to cope with the ensuing isolation, hostility and destitution that followed the breakdown of her marriage. She lived in conditions of abject poverty and homelessness, and in these circumstances she was befriended by a married landlord who demanded sex in return for providing her and her children with a roof over their heads. He became increasingly controlling, abusive and hostile towards Zoora, whose attempts to free herself went unsupported by the Asian community. In an effort to protect her daughters from his sexually predatory behaviour, Zoora resorted to desperate measures (including the attempt to arrange Naz’s marriage in Pakistan), and eventually she killed him.

    Zoora was unsuccessful in overturning her murder conviction, but her attempts to make the courts understand and reflect the reality of her difficult circumstances were vindicated in 2000, when Lord Justice Bingham, the then Lord Chief Justice, set her tariff at only 12 years. In doing so, he recognised and accepted that: ‘She was suffering from some kind of depressive illness and…that her social situation was of the most stressful kind imaginable. She suffered from some kind of abuse from the victim… this was the conduct of a desperate woman threatened with the loss of her home and with destitution in what remained for her a foreign country.’

    Against this background, whatever her strengths and weaknesses, Galloway’s attack on Naz is to be deplored. Naz showed tremendous courage, maturity and resilience in the campaign that followed to free her mother. Barely out of childhood herself, she took on the role of parenting her much younger siblings while supporting her mother.

    If parliamentary democracy is to be a living ideal, it needs to embrace voices and experiences borne out of survival in what is otherwise a largely white, elitist, boys’ own club. The qualities of courage and resilience that Naz brought to the ’Free Zoora Shah’ campaign are needed now more than ever to counter the cynicism that drives our political culture.

    We applaud the initiative taken by Baroness Sayeeda Warsi and George Grant to keep political culture free of unnecessary personal smears and attacks.

    Tags: Naz Shah, Zoora Sha
    Posted in SBS


    Andrew Coates

    July 9, 2015 at 12:42 pm

  8. john r – i’m not an anti racist racist. It is a fact that Naz Shah worked for Prevent. it raises questions.
    the article you posted has a few good points, there is no immediate ‘black = radical’. it ain’t necessarily so.
    however, Maajid Naawaz, as mentioned in the article, is another puppet muslim that fulfils the objectives of the government, which is why he was set up to be a lib dem mp till he blew it by going to a strip club.

    Naz Shah is a bit better, but still, chuka umanna yet another muppet created by the media and various interests to show how wonderful and multicultural the UK is supposed to be.

    not everyone is buying it. and its amazing a supposed ‘left socialist’ site is peddling this BS.

    Gay rights are not the most important issue in the world, frankly. they are a major issue for decadent western societies.


    July 9, 2015 at 1:49 pm

  9. Under my version of socialism, “xavier” would be executed in the interests of moral hygiene.

    Jim Denham

    July 9, 2015 at 1:53 pm

  10. Hi Jim ,

    in your version of ‘socialism’, what crime have i committed to be executed? who defines ‘moral hygiene’?
    there are issues about public hygiene and homosexuality, but i didn’t bring it up. you did.

    you sound much like ISIS, with all your moral posturing.

    is it false to say that the west is ‘decadent’ and that lgbt issues are a symptom of that? if so, why?


    July 9, 2015 at 2:04 pm

  11. Someone who says that the West is “decadent” and that “LGBT issues” are “a symptom of that” accuses someone *else* of sounding like ISIS.

    Obvious trolling, like the time it deliberately said that an anti-gay travesty-of-punk song was “proper working-class music” just after I had linked to Lady Leshurr.


    July 9, 2015 at 4:20 pm

  12. One can reasonably assume nevertheless Xavier that you have taken a version of the SWP’s Central Committee line, “with the Islamists against the State, with the State against the Islamists, never!” very literally.

    That is, you are “with the Islamists”….

    Andrew Coates

    July 9, 2015 at 4:33 pm

  13. The neo-colonial plot to halt Bengalis in Tower Hamlets

    ANSAR AHMED ULLAH 9 July 2015

    “Following and prior to the recent 12 June Tower Hamlets mayoral election results, it seems some on the liberal and white left are asserting that racism and Islamophobia were at play. But such well-wishers are in fact colluding, appeasing, empowering and encouraging the most right wing, reactionary and corrupt fundamentalist elements of the Bengali/Muslim community in Tower Hamlets. It seems that there is a group of white leftists, trade unionists & Christian faith leaders who would prefer to keep the Bengali community insular, ghettoized and away from the mainstream. They ignore the history of the Bengalis who came to Tower Hamlets as economic migrants during 1950s and 1960s to better their lives and those of their children, and overlook the history of that community’s stand against ghettoization by the GLC in the 1970s.”

    This is very relevant:

    “Supporters of deposed mayor Lufur Rahman and his allies talk about Islamophobia but intentionally or conveniently ignore Islamism, working with Islamists who include those responsible for war crimes and other violence in Bangladesh. Thus these white activists and men of peace are colluding with the most extreme reactionary elements, inspired by fascism and far-right ideology, rehabilitating them and giving them legitimacy.

    The rest of the article here: https://www.opendemocracy.net/ourkingdom/ansar-ahmed-ullah/neocolonial-plot-to-halt-bengalis-in-tower-hamlets

    Andrew Coates

    July 9, 2015 at 4:59 pm

  14. hi Andrew- no i haven’t. I thought i made it clear that I support Assad, and I believe you should too.
    i don’t think much of the SWP or any of their split offs.

    the ‘Kurds’ which you claim to support are the PKK. they are ‘tankies’, so perhaps redborat should be aware that he is supporting tankies.

    the fact remains that Naz Shah was a stooge that ticked all the right boxes, the right kind of victim that white liberals love to support, and has also worked for Prevent. Prevent is an organization that spies on Muslims.

    Also, George Galloway is not misogynistic, in fact, he seems to love women and he’s married several. He is not vitriolic, except towards reactionaries, and neither is he a danger, except to warmongers.

    If Bruce Jenner and those around him are not decadent, than i dont know what is.
    a self mutilated transvestite is not really a woman. we all know it.


    July 9, 2015 at 7:15 pm

  15. That OpenDemocracy article is great. I assume it is a reply to another one, written by a white ‘liberal’, which that site recently published.

    The white liberal left leadership has refrained from condemning the Islamists. These whites are themselves showing a colonial mentality and playing a dangerous game of divide and rule by fostering divisions within the community by supporting one section against the other. The community can do without these self-appointed spokespersons for the Bengali community. The 81,000 Tower Hamlets Bengalis can and have looked after themselves without the patronising intervention of white advocates.

    Paul Canning

    July 9, 2015 at 9:14 pm

  16. Here’s my kicking of Frankie Boyle that I mentioned I needed to finish http://paulocanning.blogspot.co.uk/2015/07/frankie-boyle-and-aborigines.html

    Paul Canning

    July 9, 2015 at 9:38 pm

  17. i actually kind of agree with the open democracy article, and the Paul Canning article on Frankie Boyle is also good. they are good articles because they provide facts.

    You can’t blame Galloway or Luftur Rahman for exploiting a political situation they did not create, but seemed to have been created by the Labour party. You can blame SWP and Counterfart for trying to present things not as they are, but as they imagine them to be.


    July 9, 2015 at 9:54 pm

  18. Xavier, I promise you, I am not joking. You’d be allowed due process, of course. But then, once that was finished, you’d be shot.

    Jim Denham

    July 10, 2015 at 12:13 am

  19. @James: +1

  20. @Jim D – its just as well that Trots never take power.


    July 10, 2015 at 1:05 pm

  21. Xavier, presumably nobody told this lot about ‘tankies’ behind the heroic Kurdish struggle.

    Andrew Coates

    July 10, 2015 at 5:17 pm

  22. as far as i’m aware, the Rojave/Kobane Kurds are the PKK. Anarchists and Trotskyists may well support it, but they are not leading it. I would support it too, if they weren’t paid by the US. I prefer the PKK to IS, obviously, and have no problem with a Kurdish state.

    Anarchists are kinda of a stupid bunch. lots of slogans but not much behind it.


    July 10, 2015 at 6:03 pm

  23. it is slightly dishonest that you claim to support the ‘Kurds’, and tend not to mention the PKK.


    July 10, 2015 at 6:05 pm

  24. So, going by the logic of xavier (and his ilk), Tito’s partisans should not have been supported by the Left as they were “paid” by British Imperialism in the war against the Nazis.

    “He was joined the following September by Brigadier Fitzroy Maclean, an SAS officer and also a Conservative Member of Parliament and former diplomat, with good language skills. Maclean subsequently sent a “blockbuster report” to Foreign Secretary Anthony Eden, recommending that Britain should transfer support to Tito and sever links with Mihailović. In 1943 the SOE in England and the Foreign Office wanted to continue support for Mihailović, although as these organisations had only limited access to decrypts they were not so well-informed on the situation there. The SOE headquarters in Cairo (which was frequently at odds with the London headquarters), MI6, the Directorates of Military Intelligence and Operations, the Chiefs of Staff and ultimately Churchill himself, wanted to switch support to Tito.[5]”


    John R

    July 10, 2015 at 6:47 pm

  25. not really. Yugoslavia and Syria are not the same situation. However, why dont you openly say that you support the PKK? I think the issue of US support for the PKK is an issue in anarchist circles as well, and the fact that they are asking for a Kurdish state, they are not fighting for a stateless society. or rather,why don’t you just admit you support US imperialism,and you seek a left cover for it?

    the problem with US support is that it seems the imperialists have been supporting all the different sides,which makes the whole thing complex. Assad is the legally recognised government, which we should support. if we knew the conditions of US support, then it would be clearer whether to support the PKK or not.


    July 10, 2015 at 7:06 pm

  26. xavier,

    Yugoslavia – Communist partisans fighting Nazis with tactical support (“my enemy’s enemy is my friend”) from Britain and its Allies.

    Kobane- Communist partisans fighting Islamic Fascists with tactical support (“my enemy’s enemy is my friend”) from America and its Allies (sometimes).

    I gave up a long time ago wanting a “left cover” and try to take a very pragmatic view of any situation.

    There is no doubt I could find much about the PKK’s politics and history that I would disagree with, big time.

    But, at the moment, they, like Tito during the War, represent the best hope for the people in the region. Whether they have to do a deal with the US or not is beside the point. The Kurds are fighting, as Tito’s forces were, against barbarism.

    Unfortunately, most of the Far Left see Islamists of one hue or another as more akin to National Liberation movements than as Nazis. Therein lies the mud.

    John R

    July 10, 2015 at 9:39 pm

  27. fair enough. I would prefer to support PKK than IS as well frankly. SWP/Counterfart are playing a dishonest game in that case. i’m curious what their game is, or whether they also have the logic of ‘ my enemy’s enemy’? i dont know.

    i dont see Islamists as national liberation, but at the same time, not all islamists are the same. I don’t think Hezbollah is the same as IS, altho i am not too fond of them either.


    July 10, 2015 at 9:45 pm

  28. I do not support the PKK in the abstract. I have PKK comrades and they are not Tankies. It has been many years now since the PKK transformed itself into a libertarian-socialist organisation.

  29. This is interesting – from Twitter debate yesterday.

    Andrew Coates

    July 11, 2015 at 12:12 pm

  30. @red borat – i heard that Assad and the Syrian Baath party have also transformed themselves into libertarian socialists….


    July 11, 2015 at 12:43 pm

  31. “We are told that among the Daghestan peoples the Sharia is of great importance. We have also been informed that the enemies of Soviet power are spreading rumours that it has banned the Sharia. I have been authorized by the Government of the Russian Socialist Federative Soviet Republic to state here that these rumours are false. The Government of Russia gives every people the full right to govern itself on the basis of its laws and customs. The Soviet Government considers that the Sharia, as common law, is as fully authorized as that of any other of the peoples inhabiting Russia. If the Daghestan people desire to preserve their laws and customs, they should be preserved”

    J. V. STALIN (1920)



    July 11, 2015 at 10:59 pm

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