'Respect' and George Galloway

"The Old Left Continues To Rot" (1994)

THE "George-Galloway-loves-Saddam-Hussein" affair gave the Tories a
brief respite from their own scandals and sensational revelations last
week.

THE "George-Galloway-loves-Saddam-Hussein" affair

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The Old Left Continues To Rot (1994)

THE "George-Galloway-loves-Saddam-Hussein" affair gave the Tories a
brief respite from their own scandals and sensational revelations last
week.

THE "George-Galloway-loves-Saddam-Hussein" affair

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No support for US bombs: but Assad is main enemy

Syria's disgusting, murderous, one-party state is responsible for mass murder, torture on a vast scale, and an enormous humanitarian disaster inside Syria, where whole towns have been raised to rubble.

Over four million are internally displaced, nearly two million have fled the country, seven million are in immediate need of humanitarian aid, the economy has collapsed, and over 100,000 are dead.

The main responsibility for this utterly avoidable catastrophe belongs to the Syrian government and military.

West threatens military response to Syrian regime use of chemical weapons. What should socialists say?

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The Galloway-Miliband affair

Labour Party officials have felt obliged to issue a statement saying that George Galloway is not rejoining Labour.

According to the Daily Mail (21 April), Labour leader Ed Miliband had an hour-long meeting in his office with George Galloway.

A Labour spokesman felt the need to insist that there is "no attempt" to readmit Galloway to the Labour Party, and what Miliband was discussing - for an hour... - was just a vote on boundary changes.

The report has sparked a many-sided row.

The Daily Mail has run a continuing campaign about the meeting, saying that it shows that Miliband is "Red Ed" and too close to supposed leftists like Galloway.

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Left unity must be linked to real action

The crises and splits in the Socialist Workers Party (SWP) and Respect have spurred more talk about left unity. The left needs systematic unity in action where we agree, and honest dialogue where we differ, in order to reinstate socialist ideas as an option in the working class.

The crises and splits in the Socialist Workers Party and Respect have spurred more talk about left unity. The left needs systematic unity in action where we agree, and honest dialogue where we differ, in order to reinstate socialist ideas in the working class.

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“I don’t debate with Israelis”

At a recent debate at Oxford University, George Galloway asked his opponent “Are you Israeli? I don’t debate with Israelis” before exiting the debating chamber reiterating: “I don’t recognise Israel and I don’t debate with Israelis.”

When I first entered politics, I used to respect George Galloway, he was one of few prominent politicians with a viewpoint that seemed to resonate with my own.

I liked the way he could run rings around ignorant TV presenters; his eloquent and devastating oratory gave comfort to me that my anti-Iraq-war feelings weren’t either as isolated, or as naive as every analyst made them out to be.

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Learn from this by-election

Labour activists should not be complacent about Labour’s victory in the three by-elections on 29 November.

All three were in safe Labour seats. That Labour won when in opposition to a coalition government whose economic strategy is both hurting and not working in its own terms reflects no endorsement on the parachuting-in of candidates or on “one nation” blather.

Labour activists should not be complacent about Labour’s victory in the three by-elections on 29 November.

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Many Bradford Wests?

Lee Jasper is running as the Respect candidate in Croydon North. Meanwhile, the redoubtable Yvonne Ridley is running on the same ticket in Rotherham, and from what I am hearing, it is squeaky bum time in two places that should be donkey with a red rosette territory.

Only the voters, and not the bookmakers, will decide the outcomes of these contests, of course. But the shortening odds on the two Respect parliamentary hopefuls indicates that George Galloway’s party may do better than many commentators, myself included, had been expecting.

The failure to create an audience for socialism has left the field open to Respect’s brand of amorphous religiously-centred populism.

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Why George Galloway is suing NUS

The debate in the student movement over the Assange affair and rape apology has taken a surreal turn with George Galloway suing the National Union of Students.

The debate in the student movement over the Assange affair and rape apology has taken a surreal turn with George Galloway suing the National Union of Students.

The controversy has focused around a motion to the 26 September meeting of NUS National Executive, at which 13 women members moved a motion condemning apologies for non-consensual sex and saying NUS should not “offer” or “share” a platform with those who make such apologies — including Tony Benn and George Galloway, because of their comments in the Assange debate.

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Galloway on rape: not an aberration

George Galloway's comments on rape, in connection with the Assange controversy, have outraged many on the left who have not paid much attention to Galloway before.

That is good. They have even sparked criticism, perhaps opportunistic, from some whose general stance over the years has been to defend Galloway and promote him as a leader of the left. But what is important to understand is that Galloway's latest outbursts are not an aberration, but entirely consistent with his broader politics.

George Galloway's comments on rape, in connection with the Assange controversy, have outraged many on the left who have not paid much attention to Galloway before.

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Why did Hudson stand down, and not Galloway?

Kate Hudson, candidate for George Galloway's Respect party in the upcoming Manchester Central by-election, has withdrawn.

"I cannot in all conscience, stand as candidate for a party whose only MP has made unacceptable and un-retracted statements about the nature of rape. To continue as Respect Party candidate in this situation, no matter how much I object to and oppose his statements personally, would be in effect to condone what he has said".

Kate Hudson, candidate for George Galloway's Respect party in the upcoming Manchester Central by-election, has withdrawn.

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Missed chances in May 3 polls?

Tory MP Nadine Dorries said it: the Government is led by “two arrogant posh boys who show no remorse, no contrition, and no passion to want to understand the lives of others”.

As council elections and referenda on whether cities want elected mayors approach on 3 May, Labour has at last begun to pull ahead in the polls, leading the Tories by a margin variously estimated between 7% and 13%.

As council elections and referenda on whether cities want elected mayors approach on 3 May, Labour has at last begun to pull ahead in the polls, leading the Tories by a margin variously estimated between 7% and 13%.

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A Galloway spring?

Many on the left have seized on George Galloway's startling by-election victory in Bradford West (29 March) as proof that the recently-slowing trickle of left-of-Labour electioneering can now become a surge.

What does George Galloway's by-election victory in Bradford West mean for left-of-Labour candidates in elections?

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The “second coming” of George Galloway

Some parts of the left have greeted Respect’s success in Bradford West with what can properly be described as religious enthusiasm. Writing over the Easter weekend on Britain’s most widely read socialist blog, one long-time activist even described the spectacular by-election overturn as “the second coming”.

Much of the left has greeted George Galloway’s by-election victory in Bradford West with what can properly be described as religious enthusiasm: one long-time activist, on Easter weekend, even described it as “the second coming”.

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Galloway victory in Bradford is not a victory for the left

The landslide victory of George Galloway in Bradford West has been hailed by many on the left as a “victory” for our side.

Tony Mulhearn of the Socialist Party — and Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) candidate for mayor of Liverpool — writes “I applaud George Galloway's victory”. Anindya Bhattacharyya writes on the Socialist Worker website that “his win is a boost for the left in Britain”.

Galloway's victory is accounted for by a complex mix of communalism, anti-government sentiment, the "celebrity" status of the candidate and the political ineptitude of Labour. But it is not a victory the left should applaud.

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George Galloway: a fighter for Celtic fans?

George Galloway, standing for election to the Scottish Parliament, has pitched himself as the champion of Celtic fans. Shamefully, some of the Scottish left are backing him.

In his first electoral outing after being expelled from the Labour Party (Respect, 2004) George Galloway promoted himself as “a fighter for Muslims”.

Trying again in Scotland on 5 May, he now pitches himself as the champion of... Celtic fans. Shamefully, some of the Scottish left are backing him.

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Scottish left is in a story state

Calling for a Labour vote, combined with rebuilding the left and pushing the unions to assert themselves politically, is the only serious left policy in Scottish Parliamentary elections on 5 May. That is not because the Labour campaign, or the Labour Party’s policies, are good.

The Scottish Tories will be lucky to hang on to a handful of seats. In the Holyrood elections the basic question is: do you want a Labour or an SNP government (or some kind of coalition with one of those parties at its core)?

Calling for a Labour vote, combined with rebuilding the left and pushing the unions to assert themselves politically, is the only serious policy in the Scottish Parliamentary elections on 5 May.

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George Galloway stands for the people? No, just for himself!

“We should get George Galloway elected so he’s a voice which stands up for people in this city. He will stand against the cuts,” said Socialist Party Scotland member Brian Smith at the press conference held last week to formally launch “George Galloway (Respect) – Coalition Against Cuts” (GRC).

Galloway's Glasgow campaign for election claims to fight the cuts. Meanwhile Tower Hamlets Respect councillors let cuts budget go through.

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George Galloway, Gaddafi and other Arab dictators

In a recent episode of his weekly radio programme – broadcast from Dubai, where he was holidaying in the “One and Only Royal Mirage Hotel” – Galloway explained his dilemma.

“Somebody said to me in the hotel breakfast room this morning, here in Dubai: ‘Well, your friend’s getting a hard time in Libya.’ I asked him just exactly what he meant by that. And it seems that he’d confused his Arab dictators. Either that or he’d confused me with Tony Blair, who is of course Gaddafi’s new best friend.” (1)

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Galloway's comments on the former Libyan and Iraqi regimes, and the current Syrian one, tell you a lot about his politics.

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Galloway defeated

One good thing about the 6 May results: it looks as if George Galloway is finally out of British politics.

In 2004 Galloway, expelled from the Labour Party, was offered a troop of activists to sustain him as a political figure by the Socialist Workers Party (SWP), who founded the Respect movement with Galloway as figurehead.

One good thing about the 6 May results: it looks as if George Galloway is finally out of British politics.

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Shame! Galloway and Crow aid diehard admirers of Stalinist tyranny

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With China now the world centre for industrial super-exploitation - low wages, no right to independent trade unions, and flagrant profiteering including by multinational investors - surely no "socialist" or "leftist" still sympathises with the Chinese government?

They do. On 3 October the Communist Party of Great Britain (Marxist-Leninist), a tiny diehard group, held a "celebration" for the 60th anniversary of Mao's seizure of power.

The star speaker was George Galloway MP.

George Galloway and Bob Crow are appearing as star speakers for diehard Stalin-worshippers on the anniversary of Mao's Stalinist takeover in China

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Being at odds with the USA does not make Ahmadinejad a friend of the workers

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Stella Webster

It is fortunate for the Iranian regime that it has a loyal network of supporters outside its borders, prepared to defend it against the “terrorists” as the Iranian opposition are now known. Some of the most outspoken defenders are not, as one might expect, brother clerics but… people on the “liberal” and “socialist” left.

The Morning Star was ready to quote approvingly the words of Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez, quick to welcome Ahmadinejad’s re-election. According to Chavez it was a win “for all people in the world and free nations against global arrogance."

It is fortunate for the Iranian regime that it has a loyal network of supporters outside its borders, prepared to defend it against the “terrorists” as the Iranian opposition are now known. Some of the most outspoken defenders are not, as one might expect, brother clerics but… people on the “liberal” and “socialist” left.

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“Anyone but BNP” is not enough

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Darren Bedford

The victory of at least one BNP MEP in the upcoming Euro-elections now looks almost inevitable. To accept this is not to collapse into nihilism or to admit defeat, but to indict the New Labour, Tory and Lib Dem councillors and MPs across the country.

Their policies of cuts and privatisation have created the conditions in which the BNP — posing as a populist alternative to the establishment — have been allowed to grow.

The victory of at least one BNP MEP in the upcoming Euro-elections now looks almost inevitable. To accept this is not to collapse into nihilism or to admit defeat, but to indict the New Labour, Tory and Lib Dem councillors and MPs across the country.

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Popular Front, London-style

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Sacha Ismail

Ken Livingstone has launched an organisation called “Progressive London” (http://www.progressivelondon.org.uk), backed by a “broad alliance of individuals, campaigns, communities, artists, trade unions, environmentalists, political parties and groups”. It is for “all those who believe in social justice, environmental protection, good community relations, cultural innovation and the many other areas in which London has made a contribution recognised throughout the world.”

Ken Livingstone has launched an organisation called “Progressive London” (www.progressivelondon.org.uk), backed by a “broad alliance of individuals, campaigns, communities, artists, trade unions, environmentalists, political parties and groups”.

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Round-up from the left

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Sacha Ismail

Rent-an-SWPer... at a price

Crestfallen though the SWP is these days, it still seems to be trying to pull something pretty outrageous in Stoke.

SWP charges anti-fascists for the "services" of its full-timers; Galloway on the "taxpayer in the boardroom"

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Galloway bag-carriers launch revolutionary regroupment (sic)

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Sacha Ismail

The International Socialist Group, which so enthusiastically supports George Galloway's side of the split in Respect that it handed over its monthly paper to Respect Renewal, has launched a call for "revolutionary regroupment".

The International Socialist Group, bag-carriers for George Galloway in his Respect Renewal organisation, has launched a call for "revolutionary regroupment".

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The left: What a Waste, Flat Earthers

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Charlie Salmon

The split between the SWP and Galloway-sycophants in Respect has politically destabilised and reduced both sides. Destabilised in the sense that the SWP was presented with the problem of sticking to its perspective of building a populist alternative to New Labour whilst the Galloway faction lost its best organisers and activists. Reduced in the sense that both sides fared miserably in the recent London elections.

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Who's sorry now? The 'Left List' and the London Elections

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Janine Booth

The Left List's explanation of the results of Thursday's elections strongly suggests that the SWP is stubbornly refusing to learn the lessons or even face reality. We can only hope that some of its more thoughtful members will notice that their emperors have neither clothes nor answers, and will call them to account and/or join with others in renewing and reorienting socialism.

An article by Janine from www.stroppyblog.blogspot.com

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