13 comments on “George Galloway on Sunday Politics Show

  1. George Galloway on Ed Miliband in the above clip: “I admire him, I hope he’s Prime Minister before long”.

    I wish they’d asked if he’d accept membership of the PLP if Miliband offered it to him.

  2. I think galloway has made it clear that Labour is where his heart his.

    PS Great stuff from George yet again.

  3. Marxist Lenonist on said:

    Great piece, the best thing I’ve seen in the mainstream media for a long time. George is on top form as ever, his discussion of David Ward, covering both the correct response to Israel’s crimes and the electoral desperation of the Lib Dems, was particularly mellifluous I thought. On the question that seems to be excercising people most here, my tuppence worth is that IF Labour were willing to eat the humble pie necessary to let Galloway back in, THEN it would, perhaps, be a party worth joining, either because it could be changed for the better (in part as a result of the Bradford wake up call?!) or at least serve as a “broad-church” platform for radical voices to the left of its leadership. Personally I don’t see it happening, as Labour’s immediate response to the Bradford result was to rehabilitate Tony Balair(!), and the New labour apparatchiks can always look at the overall record of 2012 by-elections and say, effectively, “we took the people of Croydon, Rotherham and Manchester completely for granted, and they elected us in landslide after landslide”, something Labour can probably rely on in most cases at least as long as the Tories are in. Of course as George says it will be a harder pitch in Bradford, “once they’ve seen Paris how to get them back on the farm”! So I expect Bradford West, currently a safe RESPECT seat with a 10,000 majority, to stay RESPECT for some time. And if Labour does not become a real labour party ever again, at least one bridgehead in electoral politics now exists to push out from…

  4. Was this local telly out of interest? It comes across like some sub-ITV region (Carlton in the mid-1990s), yet I can’t believe they’d have a programme even vaguely about politics in this day of age.

  5. Marxist Lenonist on said:

    No its national BBC from London. Andrew Neil the presenter is quite a veteran (and very right wing!) journalist. You may be right though that the old fashioned under resourced look is because it about politics!

  6. #2

    So where does that leave Respect if their only MP, only remaining well known member, and effective leader wants to be in another party?

    #4

    What really sums up Even-Newer Labour to me is their shadow minister for ‘defence’, Jim Murphy. This man was (and still is) in favour of the invasion and occupation of Iraq; is similarly in favour of the war in Afghanistan; is totally supportive of Israel’s ‘right’ to blockade, bomb, occupy Palestine on whatever flimsy pretext the Israeli government gives; and in general believes in a “proactive, strong defence policy to protect our interests and values”. IE: He’s a war-mongering Blairite prick, and nothing has really changed in the Labour Party.

    “we took the people of Croydon, Rotherham and Manchester completely for granted,”

    Which is the LP’s general attitude to the working class, the left (in it’s broadest sense), and the trade unions.

    “So I expect Bradford West, currently a safe RESPECT seat with a 10,000 majority, to stay RESPECT for some time.”

    Personally, I wouldn’t bet on it, given Galloway’s infamous comments regarding what he thinks is and is not rape, the resignation of Salma Yaqoob and others. More generally, for a party of that size, the seat is never “safe”.

  7. Marxist Lenonist: old fashioned under resourced look

    It looks more “achingly trying to be modern” while being under-resourced. The fake (?) chumminess of it all is sickening, on the level of royal “reporting”.

    Thankfully Andrew Neil didn’t feature in this segment
    though, if it is his programme. Is he still part of a triple-act with Portillo and Diane Abbott?

  8. R,

    “So where does that leave Respect if their only MP, only remaining well known member, and effective leader wants to be in another party?”

    Who cares? I am more bothered by the general state of the left and the total failure of socialism to penetrate the working classes.

  9. Marxist Lenonist on said:

    #7 The trouble with your ultra-left pessimism is that if Jim Murphy really is the “representative” of present day Labour, Galloway will neither want nor be allowed to rejoin; knowing Galloway’s politics and given your great rundown of Murphy’s, you really can’t have it both ways!

  10. The Toilers Will Rise on said:

    #7 “So where does that leave Respect if their only MP, only remaining well known member, and effective leader wants to be in another party?”

    Respect has to have a positive orientation towards the Labour Party, particularly its left wing, because that’s where most of its potential supporters are currently found. And most of the labour movement is still organised through the Labour Party, however badly it’s represented, e.g. via the union link.

    Refusal to engage with Labour on any level is characteristic of ultra-leftism.