Galloway: “What’s alleged (against Assange) isn’t even a minor misdemeanour in the UK”

August 20, 2012 at 5:49 pm (apologists and collaborators, Asshole, Beyond parody, conspiracy theories, cults, Galloway, Jackie Mcdonough, law, misogyny, Respect, stalinism)

[The remarks occur 21:40 into the video]

Of course, Galloway is not a rape-apologist…any more than he’s an antisemite

Galloway: “I mean not everybody needs to be asked prior to each insertion. Some people believe that when you go to bed with somebody, take off your clothes, and have sex with them and then fall asleep, you’re already in the sex game with them.

“It might be really bad manners not to have tapped her on the shoulder and said, “do you mind if I do it again?”.

“It might be really sordid and bad sexual etiquette, but whatever else it is, it is not rape or you bankrupt the term rape of all meaning.

“I don’t believe either of those women, I don’t believe either of these stories.”

Galloway later defended his remarks on Twitter, claiming that what constitutes a sexual offence in Sweden would not be considered such a crime in the UK:

George Galloway@georgegalloway
George Galloway

@andybolton I think the allegation is that she was asleep Andy. After having consensual sex with him whilst awake. Do keep up
George Galloway@georgegalloway
George Galloway

@BADVOKBASIL were you there? In the bed with them I mean? You do know he hasn’t been charged let alone convicted right?
Zahid Ul-Hassan@zahid1980
Zahid Ul-Hassan

@georgegalloway allegedly raping a woman while she sleeps isn’t a real crime?
George Galloway@georgegalloway
George Galloway

@forwardnotback what Assange is actually alleged to have done isn’t even a crime in the UK. A mere fact I know…
George Galloway@georgegalloway
George Galloway

@12colin64 rapist? He hasn’t even been charged. He’s not accused of rape. What’s alleged isn’t even a minor misdemeanour in the Uk.

Former Monty Python star Terry Jones has also taken to Twitter to defend Assange:

Terry Jones@PythonJones
Terry Jones

The Guardian says Julian Assange is accused of “serious sexual assaults”. Not wearing a condom is not a crime in this country. Sweden it is.

A spokesman for Rape Crisis said: “It is clear from George Galloway’s comments that his legal understanding of rape is factually incorrect.

“Having had consensual sex with someone once does not mean a woman has forever forfeited her right to withdraw or refuse her consent to further sex with that person.

“Sex without consent is rape. Mr. Galloway’s description of sexual violence as ‘really bad manners’, as well as his apparent ignorance of the law, is offensive and deeply concerning.”

Extracted from Huffington Post


  1. Rosie said,

    “The sexual game” – well it’s not like tennis or badminton where you can chuck your racket aside after one set and say, I don’t want to play another set, thanks. What “game” is this like? Bob-sledding? Ski-jumping i.e. once you’ve started you can’t actually stop? Steeple-chasing when the horse bolts and takes you over the jumps while you hold on?

    One of feminism’s gains was to have accepted the idea that prostitutes can be raped; wives can be raped by husbands; women don’t have to be chaste and continent for their claims of rape to be taken seriously; women who have put out to a chap don’t have to continue to put out if they’ve gone off the idea. What an ignorant lout that Galloway is.

  2. Jim Denham said,

    Sean, of ‘My Crippled Eagle’ writes:

    Now… let me tell you about the time I went to the pub with George Galloway.

    Once upon a time, I met George Galloway in a boozer for a few pints, as you do. “Would you like some lager?” I asked him. “Oh yes,” he replied. The z-list celeb circuit can be hard, and I felt good to be doing someone a good turn who may otherwise have been reduced to a second stint in the Big Brother House, a fate surely worse than death.

    I walked up to the bar. “I would like 38 pints of lager,” I said to the esteemed barkeep.

    “Nigh on twoscore of my finest carbonated fermentations?” he spluttered.

    “Quite,” I replied. “My friend George Galloway and I are fair parched.” I slapped my debit card down on the bar.

    “One for me, and 37 for you, George,” I said. How generous I am sometimes. He didn’t look as happy as someone about to get some free booze should have.

    “You’d better drink them all up, too. I’ll make sure you do. After all, you did say you wanted lager, didn’t you George? I didn’t ask how many you wanted and now I expect you to drink as many as I choose to force you to drink. That’s how these things work.”

    Even taken at its worst, and even if the allegations made subsequently were 100% true, and even though the pub CCTV caught the action in wonderful grainy black and white, what I did doesn’t constitute drowning. At least not drowning as anyone with any sense can possibly recognise it. And somebody has to say this.

    George met me, accompanied me to the pub, agreed to have some lager. Claimed he didn’t consent to being force-fed 37 pints of the stuff, but how was I to know that until he was being given the kiss of life by the pub chef? This is something which can happen, you know.

    I mean, not everybody needs to be asked prior to each drink. Some people believe that when you go to the pub with somebody, agree to a pint or forty, you’re already in the drinking game with them.

    It might have been really bad manners not to have paused between each pint I forcibly poured down his throat and said, “Do you mind if I do it again?” It might be really sordid and bad pub etiquette, but whatever else it is, it is not drowning or you bankrupt the term drowning of all meaning…

  3. George Galloway is spectacularly wrong about rape « Representing the Mambo said,

    […] issues he is pontificating on and his very dubious arguments are taken apart in short order over at Shiraz Socialist and the New Statesman. He has exposed himself as uninformed, sexist […]

  4. Jim Denham said,

    Did people see Craig Murray’s despicable performance on ‘Newsnight’ last night. He even named one of the alleged rape victims! Good, though that he was firmly put down by interviewer Gavin Esler and by another guest, Joan Smith. Murray, like so many of Assange’s supporters, really is a loathsome character:

    This nauseating little creep compounds his offense on his own blog, here:

    • Monsuer Jelly est Formidable and Olympian In Almost Supreme Wiggins Stylee said,

      “I am married to a rape victim”

      ha ha ha. His wife should call the cops on him

  5. sackcloth and ashes said,

    Galloway’s attitudes towards women and rape are best expressed by his friendship with Uday Hussein.

    Joan Smith deserves kudos for stating what should be obvious – ‘[the] problem on the Left is that, if you admire somebody politically, then their conduct is always exemplary and is beyond criticism: and it’s not’.

  6. Jim Denham said,

  7. Babz Badasbab Rahman said,

    Galloway should move to Iran, he would feel right at home with the Mullahs.

  8. Rosie said,

  9. Monsuer Jelly est Formidable and Olympian In Almost Supreme Wiggins Stylee said,

    Shameless Milne also in Guardian in rape denialist mode. take a lookif you can be bothered. No link from me to the piece of shitbollox.

  10. Jimmy Glesga said,

    hey Jelly the gorgeous hootsman was probably an Olympian stud in his own mind. He could probably talk the drawers off any gullible bit of left wing totty. He had his favourite in me (with a condom) while discussing the Palestine issue never a man to waste time.

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