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George Galloway, “Spiritual Son” of Tony Benn, in Quandary as McDonnell Appoints Naz Shah his Private Secretary.

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Galloway: What would my Heroes do? 

What a difference a few days make.

On the 8th of February Galloway was on a roll.

Bolstered by opinion polls which gave him a commanding 2,1% of voting intentions in the London Mayor contest the former Bradford MP announced,

I Am The Spiritual Son Of Tony Benn And Jeremy Corbyn Is Making A Very Big Mistake On The EU.

George Galloway believes he is the “spiritual son” of left-wing hero Tony Benn, who he has posthumously appointed as the leader of the campaign to get the UK out of the EU.

In an interview with The Huffington Post UK, the former Bradford West MP spelt out his case for why the UK should vote Leave in the upcoming referendum, attacking the way the German-dominated EU “crushed” the anti-austerity government in Greece.

Galloway, who is running to be London Mayor, claimed the biggest mistake Jeremy Corbyn has made since becoming Labour leader is abandoning his years of euroscepticism.

Speaking in a coffee shop in Neasden, north-west London, minutes before taking to the streets to campaign, Galloway claimed some on Labour’s frontbench were even more left-wing than him.

Come this news.

This is now sinking in:

John McDonnell has made a hire that is unlikely to sit well with Galloway. The shadow chancellor has appointed Naz Shah as his Parliamentary Private Secretary. (Spectator).

Shah has history with Galloway. In the general election, the Labour MP fought against Galloway for the Bradford West seat she now holds. During the campaign, Galloway was accused of using dirty tactics after he claimed that Shah lied about being forced into marriage at the age of 15 — then using this to cast doubt on her back story. When Shah won the seat, Galloway said he would take legal action to overturn the result — claiming there had been malpractice in postal voting.

Since then, Shah has made no secret of her issues with Galloway, using her maiden speech to take aim at the former MP for his ‘misogynistic, vitriolic’ manner towards her:

‘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”.

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.’

With Shah now moving closer into McDonnell’s inner circle, the ‘spandex cat’ is unlikely to be pleased by the appointment.

More on the way Galloway treated Shah during the General Election:  Southall Black Sisters  deplores attacks on Naz Shah.

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.

Written by Andrew Coates

February 11, 2016 at 5:41 pm

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  1. Wait a mo, Respect still say on their website that they will campaign to stay in the EU.

    “Respect is in favour of a balanced and fair immigration policy. We are in favour of an EU Referendum, in which we would campaign to remain a part of Europe. Until then, we wholeheartedly welcome all EU migrants who seek to work hard in Britain, just as many British people work abroad.”

    http://www.respectparty.org/national/immigration/

    Surely, Galloway is not going against Party policy?

    John R

    February 11, 2016 at 11:18 pm

  2. You’re surely not suggesting that Mr Galloway is in any way a dishonest, unprincipled opportunist, are you John R?

    Jim Denham

    February 12, 2016 at 10:28 am

  3. As the Son of Tony Benn he only answers to the Father and the Holy Ghost in the Respect Trinity.

    Andrew Coates

    February 12, 2016 at 12:02 pm

  4. Jim, I suppose I thought the Respect position on the EU reflected the concerns of their membership regarding the EU Referendum. Namely, that it would become an anti-immigration (past and present) Referendum where an out vote would increase the influence of the Tory Right, UKIP etc..

    Maybe Galloway’s support for “Leave” will make his supporters realise that, no matter their views on the EU, ultimately, George decides policy.

    Anyway, I guess we’ll have to get used to him now being the “Left” face of Leave on Question Time etc.. Just another way for George to get on the telly, ain’t it?

    John R

    February 12, 2016 at 12:27 pm

  5. Good point: Question Time, RT…. no doubt Galloway and the Saint-Esprit of Respect will continue to haunt the airwaves long after the accession to a Higher Sphere.

    Andrew Coates

    February 12, 2016 at 12:36 pm

  6. why are you so monomaniacally obsessed with knocking George Galloway?
    The Labour Party would be better with Galloway in it; London would be better with Galloway as Lord Mayor rather than Sadiq Khan or Goldsmith.

    dean

    February 13, 2016 at 3:12 am

  7. Dean’s backing: encore a reason to knock Galloway!

    Andrew Coates

    February 13, 2016 at 11:35 am

  8. Unfortunately, Dean, old chap, it is highly unlikely that an unsavoury bounder such as Golloway would ever be considered for the position of Lord Mayor. He would have had to have served as a City Sheriff and be a current Alderman. Galloway, to the best of my knowledge, has never held either position and is highly unlikely to do so. Only gentlemen of good character can aspire to them.

    No, you are, obviously thinking of the title, “Mayor of London”. Undereducated types do tend to get the two positions mixed up.

    It is a cause of great disappointment that any cad can aspire to be the “Mayor of London” as we can see with the present incumbent and with Galloway’s candidature.

    Luckily, the people of London have great strength, courage and indefatigability (which I salute) and will not elect this unprincipled charlatan.

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lord_Mayor_of_London

    John R

    February 13, 2016 at 12:42 pm

  9. I’m sure that Dean was already looking forward to the Lord Mayor’s Show and seeing Galloway leading the Company of Pikemen and Musketeers and the Pearly Kings and Queens.

    Andrew Coates

    February 13, 2016 at 4:54 pm


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