Galloway’s Song for Croydon North

December 4, 2012 at 8:29 am (Asshole, Beyond parody, communalism, conspiracy theories, cults, elections, Galloway, gloating, Jim D, Respect)

I thought this was a nasty, racist spoof created by Galloway’s enemies to make him and ‘Honeyglaze’ Jasper look and sound like a pair of total jerks (not that it’s difficult to do that). But apparently it’s genuine. If you haven’t already seen it, brace yourself and prepare to cringe:

Hopefully, the humiliations at Croydon North and Rotherham, coming hard on the heels of the resignation of Salma Yaqoob, will finally kill off the reactionary, communalist vanity project that is/was ‘Respect.’


  1. Mike Killingworth said,

    Another knee-jerk post. I have no brief for diss-Respect but you know perfectly well that shouting “racist” at those whose politics you dislike is a free hit that achieves nothing.

    In truth – as the CPSU found out a generation ago – the politics of race are stronger than the politics of class. Class, after all, is mutable – race isn’t. The combination of the power of race politics and the end of the “trickle down” of capitalism will have some very ugly consequences for all of us.

  2. Mike Killingworth said,

    Last line of above post should read “trickle down” model of capitalism

  3. Jim Denham said,

    Mike: What I wrote in the main post was that I thought (at first) it was a racist spoof: ie taking the piss out of black music and black pronounciation/verbal intonation (listen to Galloway say “police”). Galloway often does something similar with a strange semi-Middle Eastern accent when addressing Middle Eastern audiences. As the clip turns out to be genuine, I’m not sure that “racist” is quite the right description. I’m not sure what is: “grotesque” perhaps?

    PS is it the same syndrome that Joey Barton famously suffers from when addressing the French?

  4. Martin Ohr said,

    yep it’s an amazing thing track, I keep waiting for lee or george to screech into singing like on the floaters song of which this reminds me:
    (apologies for DLT at the beginning)

    although slightly in defence of Joey Barton ( but not galloway) you do find yourself slipping into weird speech patterns when you spend a chunk of time working in english with europeans. 20 years of it and I still sometimes struggle to turn-off european-english and talk/write normally.

    However Galloway’s cod-middle eastern accent is a disgrace. Float on.

  5. Rosie said,

    “With 26 more votes – less than five families – she would’ve been third and have beaten the BNP which has been trying to establish an electoral base in Rotherham for over a decade.”

    “Five families” sounds odd to me. I can see someone saying “with 26 more doors knocked on, or leaflets delivered” that it might have tipped the vote, but what’s this family voting? Do they imagine a postal vote with the head of the household voting for a wife and some grown up children? Whoever talks of family voting?

  6. Rosie said,

    As for the accent thing – some people do fall into accents quite quickly. An Australian accent is especially easy to pick up. But Galloway’s Arab accent is creepy – you know he imagines himself as Lawrence of Arabia.

    • martin ohr said,

      all the rising inflection accents are easy to pick up and very difficult to shake-off. The wierd clipped middle-eastern non-native english speaker thing which galloway tries is just plain strange.

      Five families is a very strange idea indeed; I could lookup or make up a stat, but typical coherent family units do not consist of 5 or more voting age adults (even our wacky household, of mother-in-law, myself+partner, university student child living at home + two more non voting children; couldn’t be coaxed into voting the same way on almost any issue at hand)

      Worse is that Respect consider that getting more votes than BNP (which by sleight of hand they word as ‘beating the BNP’) would have been a respectable result. Anything less than challenging labour for the seat was a dangerous waste of time in my opinion.

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