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Galloway: “Next Year I Could be Mayor”, but Refuses to Reveal Secret Deal with Labour.

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Framed Picture in Galloway’s Salon. 

George Galloway: “I’ve always fancied being mayor – and next year I finally could be.” Evening Standard reveals.

After a brief lull the Great Man speaks to the world again.

Galloway has lost none of his deft touch for religious feelings.

Speaking of his so-called rival Sadiq Khan   he said,

He says Khan held the Koran “in his left hand” at their meeting (symbolically unclean, because it is traditionally reserved for bum-wiping) “which wasn’t missed by people who care about these things”.

Deeply pious Galloway will not reveal any plans for a Haj to Mecca,

Who does he pray to? Is it true he converted from Catholicism to Islam? “I’m told by my advisers that we don’t ‘do’ God, as Alastair Campbell used to say,” he says. “I’m a religious believer and I believe in the commandments, and if everyone obeyed them — including me — life would be better.”

It seems that the great man’s channels with the Labour Party remain on the hush-hush.

There’s talk that Galloway would like to re-enter the Labour fold — he was expelled in 2003 for “bringing the party into disrepute” over his opposition to the Iraq war. Has he spoken to Corbyn? “I wouldn’t go public with what my communication has been with him,” he says, “but we’re in touch through others. I’ve no doubt my point of view is heard.”

The dapper gent reveals some of his top tips for keeping ‘up to date’ as a “hipster” as young people say,

Galloway spends a fortune on vintage clothes, buying from shops such as Victory in Whiteleys and Rokit in Covent Garden. The other day “an Arab admirer, a Saudi woman living in Holland Park” offered him £3,000 for his “trademark” fedora. He’s even bought the lease on his own vintage shop near Portobello (“which will open sometime” but is “a sore point” with his missus “because she didn’t want to”).

As Britain’s answer to popular French comedian Dieudonné M’bala M’bala  Galloway is appropriately a pillar of the Groucho Club.

He’s a regular at Soho House-owned Pizza East and a member of the Groucho Club. “I have been for 25 years — politicians were not technically allowed but Nigella Lawson and her late husband John Diamond were friends and as membership secretaries swung it for me I was the only politician there — probably still am”.

Read the rest of the interview with London’s next Mayor at the Evening Standard.


Written by Andrew Coates

November 5, 2015 at 5:00 pm

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  1. I will be voting for Galloway, because he’s one of those people who are both right and something of a hypocrite and twat at the same time: Evening standard states:

    “I didn’t expect him to be living like Gandhi exactly but his north London home is plush, with architectural glass doors and floating staircase. It’s rented from Willa Keswick, scion of the banking dynasty worth £1.75 billion, and I question whether this chimes with his view that bankers are evil “sharks” involved in “grand larceny”. He laughs: “Willa is a lovely girl despite being a socialite.””

    So Galloway is not living like Gandhi, but he is still better than Goldsmith and Khan. I hope that Galloway is readmitted to the Labour party, and gets a frontbench position. Corbyn is cool but he’s too much of a gentleman. He hasn’t got that punch that Galloway has, to really tear into the Tories.

    London needs Galloway.
    the Labour party needs Galloway, as they are lacking in charisma and personality.
    the far left needs Galloway, being the opportunist bastards that they are
    the muslims need Galloway, as the most consistent anti war MP,
    and Tendance Coatesy needs Galloway, as someone to rail against.
    AWL are irrelevant anyhow.

    Fedoras are cool. Galloway for mayor!


    November 5, 2015 at 8:53 pm

  2. Sian Berry is probably a better bet

    London Strategic Voter

    November 6, 2015 at 2:24 am

  3. Sian Berry is cute, i admit, and will pull in some voters. But she’s not a tough slugger of the old school like Galloway. Also the Greens tend to be a white, whiny, middle class, make your own yoghurt museli eating pro polyamory types with wooly jumpers and beards, tofu etc.

    No, Galloway is the best bet. I know it, you know it too.
    He is a twat, i admit that, but sometimes the best of a bad bunch is all that there is.


    November 6, 2015 at 5:00 pm

  4. Whether or not Galloway can properly be described as a “twat” (as opposed to “dangerous would-be authoritarian with a soft spot for tyranny, anyone who votes for him deserves to be described as a “twat.”

    Jim Denham

    November 7, 2015 at 1:38 pm

  5. Hi Jim,

    Galloway does twattish things, such as the cat impression, but at the same time is right on his political positions. He is stylish and desirable to the ladies, apparently. He wears a fedora.

    Oh, and he’s anti war and has been the leading anti war spokesman.

    Who would you suggest that we should vote for?
    Sadiq Khan?
    Rothschild Goldsmith?
    Sian Berry?

    Suggest someone else apart from Galloway and I would consider it.

    Who will defend art in the east end? This mural is threatened for demolition.


    being wrongly attacked as anti semitic; thank god Corbyn stands up for Mear One


    If you support Charlie Hebdo, you should also defend Mear One’s mural in East London.


    November 7, 2015 at 8:10 pm

  6. Vote for the unions’ choice, Sadiq Khan.

    PS: what’s with “Rothschild” Goldsmith?

    You wouldn’t, by any chance be an anti-Semite, would you, Dean? After all, Galloway and his supporters are anti-Zionists *not* anti-Semites …eh?

    Jim Denham

    November 8, 2015 at 4:59 am

  7. Twat, Ponce, pillock, it’s a question for those skilled in Marxist theory.

    Andrew Coates

    November 8, 2015 at 1:09 pm

  8. ‘Sadiq Khan MP is a rancid traitor to his faith and to any conceivable definition of Labour’ – George Galloway

    “Mr Khan’s statements conflating support for the rights of the Palestinians, with the rise in anti-Semitism in London is baseless. One would have hoped that he would have pledged to act accordingly, rather than offer blanket and unconditional support to trade and business with Tel Aviv regardless of its appalling record of gross human rights violations,” said Ismail Patel, Chair of FOA.


    Sadiq Khan or Goldsmith?
    I’d say Goldsmith isa better more honest vote than Khan, a stooge for various interests, as Galloway says ‘ a rancid traitor’.

    Israel should take in more refugees, as well as Saudi Arabia.

    Get behind Galloway!


    November 8, 2015 at 9:53 pm

  9. “‘Sadiq Khan MP is a rancid traitor to his faith…” ah! now we have it. You’re a religious bigot, just like Galloway! Fuck you, fuck the shyster Galloway and fuck your filthy religious belief.

    Jim Denham

    November 8, 2015 at 9:59 pm

  10. That sounds Islamophobic to me. Are you an Islamophobe Jim?

    Galloway has retracted that statement.


    November 9, 2015 at 2:25 am

  11. I’m “phobic” towards all religious fundamentalism and bigotry.

    Jim Denham

    November 9, 2015 at 11:39 am

  12. I think you owe me and Galloway a big apology.


    November 9, 2015 at 1:41 pm

  13. “I think you owe me and Galloway a big apology” how’s that, exactly, Dean?

    Jim Denham

    November 9, 2015 at 4:00 pm

  14. By the way, this is not the first time that the slime-ball communalist Galloway has accused an opponent of being a “bad Muslim”: In fact, he makes a habit of it:

    When he won the Bradford by-election, the Telegraph carried the following report (verified by many other sources at the time):

    In the last few days before George Galloway’s amazing by-election triumph in Bradford, a crudely photocopied leaflet flooded the Asian areas of the seat. “God KNOWS who is a Muslim. And he KNOWS who is not,” it said. “Let me point out to all the Muslim brothers and sisters what I stand for. I, George Galloway, do not drink alcohol and never have. Ask yourself if the other candidate [the Labour candidate, Imran Hussain] in this election can say that truthfully. I, George Galloway, have fought for the Muslims at home and abroad, all my life, and paid a price for it. I, George Galloway, hold Pakistan’s highest civil awards.”

    The leaflet contains no official logo of Mr Galloway’s Respect party, or the names of an agent or printer, as required by electoral law; Mr Galloway denies that it came from him. Its allegations that Mr Hussain is a heavy drinker are totally false and libellous.

    At Mr Galloway’s official campaign rally in Bradford’s Hanover Square last Sunday, footage of which was still available yesterday on his own website, he said: “I’m a better Pakistani than he [Mr Hussain] will ever be. God knows who’s a Muslim and who is not. And a man that’s never out of the pub shouldn’t be going around telling people you should vote for him because he’s a Muslim. A Muslim is ready to go to the US Senate, as I did, and to their face call them murderers, liars, thieves and criminals. A Muslim is somebody who’s not afraid of earthly power but who fears only the Judgment Day. I’m ready for that, I’m working for that and it’s the only thing I fear.”

    Jim Denham

    November 9, 2015 at 4:13 pm

  15. You owe me an apology for suggesting that I am an ‘anti semite’, and that I am a religious fundamentalist.

    A phobia is a psychological condition, it is not based on reason. I am not transphobic or homophobic if i oppose lgbt marriage or don’t accept Caitlyn Jenner as a woman.

    You are not a man of reason, but a pro zionist intellectual thug who pretends to be left while supporting imperialism.

    Galloway is a greater man than you’ll ever be, and he should be the Mayor of London, not some phoney Israel supporting pseudo muslim.

    Wasn’t there are marriage between Ben Goldsmith and Kate Rothschild?


    afraid that the names Rotschild/Goldsmith kind of go together. nothing anti semitic about that.


    November 9, 2015 at 5:00 pm

  16. It would appear Galloway continues with the things that Denham points out:

    From the London Evening Standard (4/11) “(Galloway) says Khan held the Koran “in his left hand” at their meeting (symbolically unclean, because it is traditionally reserved for bum-wiping) “which wasn’t missed by people who care about these things”. ” http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/london-life/george-galloway-i-ve-always-fancied-being-mayor-and-next-year-i-finally-could-be-a3106411.html

    So who to vote for?

    An untrustworthy wanker, a braggart (same article: “His income, he tells me, is “the best part of half-a-million a year”), who panders to religious sentiment and who is quick to the libel writ, including against socialists, or as Galloway correctly puts it in the article about Khan – an anti-Corbynist and a ““flip-flop merchant” and “product of the Blairite machine” who is “not the Zeitgeist”, but an “unprincipled, speak-your-weight machine” politician who “went into what can only be described as a swoon over kissing the Queen’s hand”.”

    So I will be voting for the some-sort-of- left-wing- wanker Galoway over the Blairite scum – how can any Left do otherwise unless they decide they can vote for neither (which has some merit as a position, although I think a reasonable vote – and Galloway could do such – for a Left, however tainted against Khan would be positive.)

  17. Unite back Khan. He’s the union’s choice. And he will win. Hopefully, Galloway’s humiliating defeat will end his communalistic pollution of the UK political scene once and for all.

    Jim Denham

    November 9, 2015 at 9:31 pm

  18. Dean’s far-right rantings have been removed in line with our anti-fascist policy.

    Any repeats will also be removed, making posting for him a waste of time.

    Andrew Coates

    November 10, 2015 at 2:22 pm

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