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Forum Post: "George Galloway Wins Shock Election in Bradford, U.K." - a result for the 99% !!!

Posted 2 years ago on March 30, 2012, 5:20 p.m. EST by shadz66 (18068)
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George Galloway Wins Shock Election in Bradford, U.K.

By Agence France-Presse.

March 30, 2012 "AFP" -- BRADFORD, UK ---

Britain's mainstream parties were reeling Friday after firebrand George Galloway, a fierce critic of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, won a sensational return to parliament.

The Scottish politician becomes his Respect party's only lawmaker after crushing his former party, Labour, in Thursday's by-election in the ethnically mixed city of Bradford in northern England.

Speaking ahead of a celebratory open-top bus tour around the constituency on Friday, Galloway dubbed his victory a "Bradford Spring," akin to the popular uprisings that ousted regimes in Egypt and Tunisia.

"This is the most sensational victory in British by-election history," he said, although the celebrations were marred when a protester threw eggs at his bus before it set off.

Official figures show Galloway secured more than half of the votes cast, on a better-than-expected turnout of just over 50 per cent. He took more than 10,000 more votes than Labour candidate Imran Hussain.

Nicknamed "Gorgeous George," Galloway gained international notoriety in 2005 when he appeared in the U.S. Senate, while in Britain he famously starred on "Celebrity Big Brother," at one point pretending to be a cat lapping up milk.

"This is a rejection of the mainstream parties," he told reporters after his victory. "It was people saying they want political leaders they can believe in, who say what they mean, do what they say and don't lie to people."

Galloway made opposition to the war in Afghanistan a key part of his campaign, and he told Sky News Friday that the "pointless" deaths of six British soldiers there earlier this month contributed to his win.

"I think one of the lessons of yesterday's election result is that Britain wants out of Afghanistan," he said.

Galloway has also strongly criticized the austerity program imposed by Britain's Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition government.

But his victory will cause most damage to the opposition Labour party, which ejected him in 2003 for his vocal condemnation of Britain's involvement in the war in Iraq, and which had held the Bradford West seat for decades.

After leaving Labour, Galloway founded Respect and in 2005 was elected to the east London constituency of Bethnal Green and Bow, although he lost his seat in the 2010 general election.

Galloway was criticized for targeting Muslim voters during his 2005 campaign, but he denied this was how he won in Bradford, where about 20 per cent of the population is South Asian, according to the 2001 census.

"We appealed to people of conscience of all faiths, we appealed to people who opposed the war. It was the people of Bradford who voted me in," he said.

Labour leader Ed Miliband admitted that Galloway's win was "incredibly disappointing" for his party.

"Clearly there were local factors, but I also say only four out of 10 people voted for the three mainstream political parties. We've got to understand the reasons why that happened in Bradford," he said.

Galloway's strident rhetoric, his campaigning and his television appearances - he hosts a weekly show on Iran's English-language channel Press TV - have made him one of the most well-known and controversial figures in British politics.

He vehemently opposed UN sanctions on Iraq following the First Gulf War and in 1994 he visited Baghdad where he was filmed telling Saddam Hussein: "Sir, I salute your courage, your strength and your indefatigability."

Galloway's fame went global in 2005 when he appeared before the U.S. Senate to defend himself over claims he received illicit payments from the United Nations Oil for Food Programme.

He used the platform to turn the tables on his accusers, saying: "I have met Saddam Hussein exactly the same number of times as (then U.S. defence secretary) Donald Rumsfeld met him.

"The difference is Donald Rumsfeld met him to sell him guns and to give him maps the better to target those guns."

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Viva Los Indignados !!!

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[-] 3 points by GypsyKing (9780) 2 years ago

Wonderful news! Those who say this movement isn't having an effect haven't seen anything yet. We are just getting started. I bet the major parties are shocked! This is exactly what we need in the US in our upcoming election, a repudiation of the nut f--k Tea Party, and at least the begining of a return to sanity and real democracy. In 2014 we can then really turn the tide if all of us have the staying power to keep pushing.

And Here's to Bernadette Devlin, where ever she is now!

[-] 3 points by shadz66 (18068) 2 years ago

Thanx for The Solidarity, 'GK' and the best of best wishes to All American 99.9% brothers and sisters in their struggles to bring 'love and logic' to bear upon US 'Politics' ans Socio-Economic Realities.

As for Bernadette Devlin ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bernadette_Devlin_McAliskey ) she is currently a community worker and co-ordinator in South Tyrone, NI.

pax, amor et lux ...

[-] 3 points by HitGirl (2263) 2 years ago

I have been a George Galloway fan ever since I saw him face-off against the Republican Hawks conducting the Senate Inquiry. I'm sure any complements he paid to Saddam Hussein were motivated by business interests or politics. Still, I'd like to here him explain his remarks.

[-] 2 points by shadz66 (18068) 2 years ago

'HG' : You can hear 'GG' here ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pgZbzfP7JIs&feature=related ) speaking on the matter to which you allude, to none other than 'Bill O'Really(IneverKnewThat)!! Shame that 'Sean Insanity' wasn't around that day or else 'GG' could've chewed them both up !!!

Further, re. 'when Mr. Galloway went to Congress', see : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r0GQUtYkxfY&feature=related !!

ad iudicium !

[-] 2 points by HitGirl (2263) 2 years ago

Thanks, I'll check it out.

[-] -2 points by CCNN (8) from Walla Walla, WA 2 years ago

So he admired a dictator? A man that gassed thousands of his own people. Good luck U.K.

[-] 3 points by shadz66 (18068) 2 years ago

Ignoramus !!! We'll take our chances with George rather than the range of Right-Wing Retards and Associated Dingbats that pass for 'Politicians' in The U$A & UK !! Don't get trapped in the 'Republocrat / Demoblican' - faux choice demoCRAZY deMOCKERYcy delusion !

No you are wrong. George Galloway had been decrying US/UK support for Saddam Hussein since the Iraq/Iran war but his journey to Baghdad to address support and solidarity with Iraqis does not in any way shape or form mean that he "admired a dictator" !!!

Please do not lie to us in trying to imply that you give two shits about Innocent Iraqis because IF you did, you'd be very interested in who actually sold Saddam those munitions as well address the reality of many hundreds of thousands Iraqi casualties, a nation wrecked and millions of displaced after The U$A's WAR of 'WMD' (Words of Mass Deception - NOTHING to do with 'weapons' but EVERYTHING to do with OIL !!

Now just how seriously should we take an avowed troll with a personal profile that says : "The liberal / leftist is the enemy of freedom loving people's the world over. And they will be defeated." ?!

Your ignorance, chauvinism and hubris is a particularly unsavoury combination ... but nevertheless in order to get the measure of Galloway, allow a few minutes in order to view :

nosce te ipsum ...

[+] -4 points by CCNN (8) from Walla Walla, WA 2 years ago

So he did admire that dictator. Whatever. Shows what you leftwing shit really are.

[-] 2 points by shadz66 (18068) 2 years ago

Perhaps you should reflect deeply on the number and range of "dictators" that The U$A has supported, installed and had close relations with, just since WW II and right up to the present day.

On the rare possibility that you have the wit and inclination to open your closed mind and soften your hardened heart, try reading "Killing Hope", by William Blum and indeed look here ... you won't even have to buy the book : http://sandiego.indymedia.org/media/2007/02/125025.pdf !!!

fiat lux ...

[-] -2 points by CCNN (8) from Walla Walla, WA 2 years ago

I am aware of the US support for dictators, including support for Hussein. But some left wing Twinkie going to Iraq and telling him how wonderful that dictator is is not admirable. It's retarded. You need to start actually thinking for yourself and quit believing no one else knows anything about this shit.

[-] 3 points by shadz66 (18068) 2 years ago

How I wish that The Right-Wingers would really understand the word "retarded" as they take long look within. Galloway never thought that the then Iraqi dictator was a figure for admiration as his expressions of solidarity were always with The Iraqi People.

In advocating a clear Anti-War message, George Galloway has always made enemies within the ranks of The 'US/UK' WAR-Machine ; Advocates of The Military-Industrial Complex and The Neo-Imperialists in general. Endlessly repeating this canard of supporting Saddam will never make it true.

temet nosce ...