Why I buy the brand ‘George Galloway’

Don’t get me wrong. I don’t want to meet George Galloway. In fact, given the opportunity, I would rather not. I have a personal rule to avoid meeting celebrities. In general, I have found them more willing to talk to other celebrities than ‘normal’ people so what is the point?

By his appearance on Celebrity Big Brother, we can be safe in describing George Galloway as a ‘celebrity’. As to whether appearing on this show was a wise decision, or whether he made a prat of himself when he did, these are matters for us to judge on a personal basis.

They are certainly not views we should publish. It is on the record that George Galloway has litigated for libel on more than one occasion and we do not want that. All I can do is point you to Google and YouTube to make up your mind on a cornucopia of subjects as far apart as Iraq, the Tiananmen Square massacre or pretending to be a pussy cat.

The Daily Mail asserts that ‘Galloway’s victory is the last thing Britain needs’. I disagree with this. I think George Galloway is just what we need.

Why? Simple answer. He is his own man. He is independent. And, now, he is the only independent MP in the House of Commons.

Arguably, you could apply this soubriquet to Caroline Lucas who is the only Green Party MP and a couple of others. But by far the greater majority of MPs (621 out 646 by my reckoning) are members of the Conservative, Labour or Liberal Democrat parties.

Some of these MPs will ‘cross the floor’ some of the time. On the whole, they will toe the party line. The newer the MP, the more likely they are to do this. For, so sophisticated is our political system, these parties now know how to weed out any potential ‘rebels’ before letting them anywhere near their candidate lists. Winston Churchill? No chance.

At the last General Election I was one of over 40 independent candidates endorsed by the Independent Network. We were (are) all so disillusioned by (ashamed of) our political system that we hoped for an electoral backlash.

And now, two years later, George Galloway has made this happen. Although many of the Independent Network candidates, including me, ‘won’ the local issues for which we stood, none of us made the breakthrough to the House of Commons. Frankly, as I discussed at the time (Why did I do it? What was it like? Was it worth it?) , the people were not interested.

Well, as George Galloway has shown, they are now. Whether you agree with him or not, like him or not, trust him or not, Galloway has rallied the Britons of Bradford West behind him and against all of the ‘established’ political parties.

In the House of Commons, he will say what he likes. Through Parliamentary privilege, he can even libel people. He will not vote as instructed to further his own career interests (unlike our disgraced career politicians – yes, the lot of them).

By the very fact that he is not a party MP, his priorities will not be to scheme his way past party colleagues, weasle up a greasy party pole or toady up to the press (or police).

George Galloway will be his own man. A free spirit. In this sense, unlike our disgraced career politicians – yes, the lot of them – he has integrity.

There are well over 100 ‘cross-benchers’ in the House of Lords. May George Galloway be the first of such a number in the House of Commons. If this were to happen, our country would be an immensely better place.

So, although I do not agree with a lot of what George Galloway says and certainly never want to meet the man, I do think the brand that is George Galloway is a force for good in this country.

I am glad we have him.

We need him.

  • Gordon Macmillan

    | thought there was going to be a punchline. There kind of was, George Galloway a force for good? Hugh you are joking.  Four times married “gorgeous” George who attacked his rival candidate because he drank alcohol during his campaign, who has a slavish love affair with terrorist group Hamas, who saluted Sadam Hussein (“Sir, I salute your courage, your strength, your indefatigability”; a man who used weapons of mass destruction against his own people and the Kurds.

    When British and Allied forces were removing the Taliban from Afghanistan, Galloway proclaimed “the Taliban are not the enemy for me”. A terror group who kill women, children, murder teachers who teach girls and blow up schools. Nice people.

    A man who moves around the country like a snake oil seller, carpet bagging from city to city in the hope of winning a seat.

    Hugh i think you are confusing the idea that independents can be a force for good with people are an actual force for good. Galloway is nothing of the sort.

    But why listento men, it was the late Christopher Hitchens who summed up Galloway, perfectly:

    “This man’s search for a tyrannical fatherland never ends. The Soviet Union’s let him down, Albania’s gone, the Red Army’s out of Afghanistan and Czechoslovakia, Saddam has been overthrown….(but) the hunt never ends!”

  • Hugh Salmon

    Gordon,
    Because of Galloway’s litigious past, and respecting this is not my website, I did not want to analyse his policies or make judgements on ‘the man’ or his views on Brand Republic. I have left this to you, the reader (possibly the only one!).
    My point is that Galloway, in Bradford West, persuaded the voters to flock to him in droves – not the opposition parties. Our political system is so rotten (see posts passim) that you cannot ignore this and, in a democracy, you have to ‘respect’ this achievement.
    Clearly, I hope that other ‘Independent’ candidates, perhaps with views closer to yours expressed below, and more integrity than our careerist party politicians, will find it easier to break through because of what Galloway has achieved.
    That is why I have tried to separate the ‘brand’ from the ‘man’ and kept my own views on the man to myself and away from my central point – which is that he persuaded voters to tear themselves away from their old tribal loyalties, or apathy, both of which I witnessed first hand at the last Election and posted on this site at the time.
    Hugh

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