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George Galloway v Oona King - Bethnal Green & Bow

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Apr 11 2005 10:35
George Galloway v Oona King - Bethnal Green & Bow

Well, this promises to be one of the more hyped election contests in the country, and it has implications for new Labour, the Trot left, and I would argue for working class politics in the capital (even if we merely hold both players up as an example of how NOT to do it!)

In the blue corner we have Blair babe Miss King. A loyal supporter of Phony Tony, she was a keen supporter of and voted for war in Iraq, to the horror of most of her constituents. Both black and Jewish, Miss King would once have been untouchable as far as any criticism from the left was concerned, but the times they are a changing and lining up against her we have.....

In the green corner none other than the ever smooth gorgeous George Galloway. Kicked out of the Labour Party for his comments about the war in Iraq, Galloway launched the Respect Unity Coalition with the SWP and Muslims disaffected with the Labour party's support for the US, and the Iraq war in particular. He has however kept his seat in the Commons - in Glasgow.

Early skirmishes in this fight have seen Galloway canvassing, not in the constituency, but in Bangladesh, where many of Bethnal Green and Bow's voters come from orginally. Quite what other voters think of this is not clear, but it is unlikely they will be impressed. Oona King then scored an own goal by losing a libel action to Galloway, whilst Galloway's supporters have also scored an own-goal, hitting Jewsish war veterans with eggs when they accompanied Miss King to a ceremony to mark an attack on the borough during world War 2.

Most amusing of all "left wing" icon Billy Bragg horrified Trots across the country by playing a benefit gig for .... Oona King. The sound of toys being thrown out of prams could be heard across student bars from Malet Street to Manchester. Which side are you on Billy, they wailed!

The racialising of politics by Galloway in Tower Hamlets is I believe a serious setback for all who believe in progressive working class politics. He stands quite openly as "the Muslim candidate". If so, it is perfectly legitimate, for other candidates to stand as "the Christian candidate", "the Hindu candidate", or in a borough where white people do not form the majority, the white candidate. Do not doubt that the BNP will refer repeatedly to what is happening in this contest, even though they will take no direct part in it.

Oona King shows her true colours by implying (or even at times threatening) that the constituency will suffer financially if she is not elected, as Labour will form the next government. Does she really wish to see people in one of the poorest areas of Britain penalised for not voting for one particular party? Is that democracy, 2005 style?

More likely is that King is going to offer heaven and earth to "elders" in the Bengali community, in an effort to deliver block votes to her, and away from Galloway. This is communal politics, east end style.

Finally the largest group on the British left, the SWP, has put all its eggs in the Respect basket. Their main priority in this election is to get George Galloway elected. Quite where it leaves them, if he does not win, is unclear. The possibility of Galloway winning, then ditching either Respect and/or the SWP, is also high. The day after the election the SWP need George Galloway MP, he does not need them.

But what of us? Anarchists have a long tradition of working, living and campaigning in this area.

We should not be silent on what is happening now. Should we?

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Apr 13 2005 08:16

Galloway's chances of victory have just gone up - Cherie Blair has been campaigning against him!

http://www.thisislondon.com/news/londonnews/articles/17890659?source=Evening%20Standard

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Apr 13 2005 10:53
LeonardfromLeominster wrote:
Galloway's chances of victory have just gone up - Cherie Blair has been campaigning against him!

http://www.thisislondon.com/news/londonnews/articles/17890659?source=Evening%20Standard

And now it seems Class War are putting their support behind Respect!

http://enrager.net/forums/viewtopic.php?p=46188#46188

But yeah this contest will be interesting... no idea of how it'll turn out though! Maybe we should take bets...

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Apr 13 2005 12:05
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And now it seems Class War are putting their support behind Respect!

http://enrager.net/forums/viewtopic.php?p=46188#46188

We can always rely on gangster to promote our public image.

Imagine a world where your parents turn up at your first teenage date. Your mother brings a scarf for you, whilst your dad wants to have a man to man chat. In front of your girlfriend. And that day is repeated for ever, and ever.

Then you will have some inkling as to what working with him is like!

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Apr 13 2005 12:52
LeonardfromLeominster wrote:
We can always rely on gangster to promote our public image.

Imagine a world where your parents turn up at your first teenage date. Your mother brings a scarf for you, whilst your dad wants to have a man to man chat. In front of your girlfriend. And that day is repeated for ever, and ever.

Then you will have some inkling as to what working with him is like!

grin

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Apr 13 2005 13:22

i must admit having met janet alder i can see where gangsters comming from on that one

and as i live in her constituency, it's going to be difficult not voting for her... embarrassed

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Apr 14 2005 19:50

Well on Tuesday the kickboxing gym I go to had the dubious honour of a visit from both candidates for a photo shoot!

Sadly I missed it (the choice of which one to kick would have been too much!) but I am told that Galloway conducted himself well, whilst Oona King was described as being "like Oona King", which I don't think is a compliment.

However bad his politics, Galloway is clearly a skillful politician.

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Apr 16 2005 12:41

hmm...

they wouldn't have altered howard's nose out of anti-semitism, would they?

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Apr 16 2005 13:04

RESPECTS VOTE FODDER WILL BE

1.angry muslims

2.angry middle class guardain readers

3.swp perverts/cobwebs

and thats it.

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Apr 17 2005 09:06

This is a good arcticle from nick cohen about the battle.Focusing on galloways and respects communalism and unholy allince with the mullahs.

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Apr 17 2005 09:08

This is the best crib from cohens arcticle soumming up the cobwebs death,

The sight of Trots in burkas would be hilarious if it wasn't a symbol of the shambles on the left. From the 1970s, the number of people who believed in working-class solidarity fell by the year, to the immense detriment of immigrants. Instead of being met by a left which emphasised what they had in common with the native population, they were met by relativists who emphasised the separateness of their race and religion. Notoriously, the process had the unintended consequence of keeping immigrants poor and isolated from the mainstream.

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Apr 20 2005 07:02

It seems that the RUC does not pass the heavy standards expected by other Trots, this is from the World Socialist Website:

http://www.wsws.org/articles/2005/apr2005/resp-a20.shtml

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Apr 20 2005 08:54

Nor does Galloway satisfy the demands of Islamic fundamentalists, who have threatened to kill him:

http://www.thisislondon.com/news/articles/18034715?source=Evening%20Standard&ct=5

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Apr 20 2005 10:09
LeonardfromLeominster wrote:
Nor does Galloway satisfy the demands of Islamic fundamentalists, who have threatened to kill him:

http://www.thisislondon.com/news/articles/18034715?source=Evening%20Standard&ct=5

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Mr Galloway was electioneering on the Osier council estate in Bethnal Green last night when a gang of 30 Muslim fundamentalists, who claim voting is un-Islamic, surrounded him and his supporters.

The men said they were angry at Mr Galloway's attempt to woo Muslim voters. They said they were "setting up the gallows" for him and warned any Muslim who voted for his anti-war Respect party that they faced a "sentence of death".

Ha what cocks!

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Apr 20 2005 10:15

the gallows for galloway!

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Apr 20 2005 11:15

I caught that article from Nick Cohen also, and thought it was sharp - pulling on a kind of comparison of tactics with fascist Mosley who also ran in Bow back in the 30s. Mosley was also previously a member of the Labour party, and there is a comparison to make with Mosley's opportunist racism and running in Bow to Galloway's opportunist reaching out to the Muslem community there. Cohen's highlighting of Galloway's homophobia and his anti-abortion stance is hard hitting and welcome.

Where Cohen falls down though, is his contradiction of agreeing to speak with King, effectively pushing the New Labour speel. Cohen failed in that article to attack New Labour's part in providing a platform for the likes of Galloway. I was trying to make a similar point Lustbuster in that Burnley example of the complicity of labour councillors in Burnley providing a platform for the fascist BNP - you dig? wink

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Apr 20 2005 18:18
Mitch wrote:
I caught that article from Nick Cohen also, and thought it was sharp - pulling on a kind of comparison of tactics with fascist Mosley who also ran in Bow back in the 30s. Mosley was also previously a member of the Labour party, and there is a comparison to make with Mosley's opportunist racism and running in Bow to Galloway's opportunist reaching out to the Muslem community there. Cohen's highlighting of Galloway's homophobia and his anti-abortion stance is hard hitting and welcome.

Where Cohen falls down though, is his contradiction of agreeing to speak with King, effectively pushing the New Labour speel. Cohen failed in that article to attack New Labour's part in providing a platform for the likes of Galloway. I was trying to make a similar point Lustbuster in that Burnley example of the complicity of labour councillors in Burnley providing a platform for the fascist BNP - you dig? :wink:

Well i dont belive in no platform,basiclly cos i am a adult and i can deal with anything thrown at me.It seems to me a lot of no-platformers dont trust the itteligence of the electrot.The bnp in keighley got next to zero press in the local press but still managed to get 3 seats in the area.

I want the bnp/hit-ur tahir/grostesqawayy to have a platform,so every one can see them in all they shitty glorry.

was trying to make a similar point Lustbuster in that Burnley example of the complicity of labour councillors in Burnley providing a platform for the fascist BNP - you dig? :wink:

Sorry i dont know what you are talking about here.

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Apr 21 2005 11:38

It looks like galloway deliance with one religon has been his downfall.He has had death threats from some fudermentlsit muslims.

Sorry goergy boy you play with religous fire you get burnt.

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Apr 21 2005 12:12

indeed, at the newham respect meeting on monday night, he said he hoped blair would "burn in hell fire" for what he was doing

what goes around comes around pudding and pie

edit:he's also been advised to avoid his home. All of them??

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May 9 2005 18:35

A truly barking interview with Galloway can be seen here:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/vote_2005/frontpage/4526213.stm

Best of all is his claim that he will not stand again in Bethnal Green & Now as people need an MP "of their own origin".

Why do I assume he does not mean a white working class Londoner?

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May 9 2005 20:10

admin note: split shit off this thread

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May 9 2005 21:18
oisleep wrote:

edit:he's also been advised to avoid his home. All of them??

It certainly gives him an excuse to represent his constituents from Portugal!