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