This is a blog, and therefore contains personal musings. So, although my objections to George Galloway are political (read more here), I will pass comment on his appearance in Celebrity Big Brother.
I couldn’t resist checking what Socialist Worker has had to say in the past about BB and its contestants. My favourite discovery is that Big Brother contestants are "sad, vulnerable people … desperate to be on TV".
So, what will the new line be now that Gorgeous George is in da house?
I also have to wonder how he gets a fortnight off work as easily as this? Doesn’t he have a job to do, representing his constituents?
Mind you, such trivialities did not manage to get him to Parliament to vote on repressive terror legislation, when only one vote separated the sides. On that occasion, he was appearing in an audience with himself in Dublin, and could not "break his contract" with the organisers, or let down the people who paid £17.50 each to be in his company.
Two thoughts bug me about this. Firstly, why did he enter into a contract that did not allow him to back out in order to attend an essential vote in Parliament? And secondly, does he have no sense that he has a “contract” with the constituents of Bethnal Green and Bow? Perhaps he would feel more obliged towards them had they paid £17.50 each to vote for him.
As surely as the Emperor is naked, George Galloway is an unprincipled egotist who is taking the piss out of his supporters.
Come on, socialist Respect members, are you not faintly embarrassed by this carry on? Still, if the sight of him crawling to Saddam Hussein, his support for the Syrian regime, his declared need for £150k per year to live on, and his open opposition to abortion and secularism are not enough to put you off him, then I guess that two weeks cavorting with other celebs probably won’t do the trick.