Galloway grovels to yet another strongman

January 22, 2016 at 8:23 pm (apologists and collaborators, Asshole, Beyond parody, conspiracy theories, crime, Galloway, grovelling, Jim D, murder, plonker, reactionay "anti-imperialism", Russia, stalinism)

George Galloway is the gift that keeps on giving. He no longer makes me angry: he makes me laugh. An increasingly preposterous self-caricature, the Prat in The Hat has become a rather sad conspiracy theorist.

On BBC Newsnight (see Youtube clip above) he rejected  The Owen inquiry‘s conclusion that Vladimir Putin was “probably” involved in the murder of ex-Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko – claiming the inquiry was “riddled with imperfection” and accusing the BBC’s Newsnight of conducting a “show trial”. He also claimed to be opposed to Islamist extremism (in sharp contrast to what he said during the Afghan and Iraq wars) and  accused Litvinenko’s friend, the Russian democracy campaigner Alex Goldfarb of having a “cold war agenda.”

The Prat then went on to praise Putin for “trying to restore a lot of the lost prestige” in Russia and for being “the most popular politician on the planet”, before entering the realms of conspiracy theory, likening the Owen’s inquiry – which found Andrei Lugovoi and Dmitry Kovtun to have poisoned Litvinenko in London in 2006 by putting the radioactive substance polonium-210 into his drink at a hotel – to the inquest into the death of Iraq weapons inspector, Dr David Kelly.

It would be easy to ascribe this sort of grovelling to the fact that Galloway is a bought-and-paid for creature of Putin’s propaganda machine (he works for RT television), but I don’t think that is really the explanation: the truth is that Galloway is irresistibly drawn to dictators and strongmen, whom he admires and seeks to serve in whatever capacity he can.

He has become a truly pathetic figure.

STOP PRESS: Galloway knows who dunnit: it was the You-Know-Who’s (of course!):


  1. Political Tourist said,

    I realised he was a pathetic figure when he lined up with Better Together against the poorest punters in Scotland.
    In saying that even Galloway wouldn’t try the “false conscienceness” line.

    • Jim Denham said,

      Galloway wouldn’t understand the concept of false consciousness.

      Opposing the creation of a new and unnecessary border was the only thing Galloway ever got right.

    • John R said,

      Galloway’s Respect also oppose leaving the EU, as do the SNP and the AWL.

      The doesn’t mean there is any likelihood of these political groupings forming any kind of alliance in the near future.

      However, the logic used by Political Tourist would mean we’d be seeing Galloway, Sturgeon and Matgamma in bed together (only in a political sense, I hasten to add).

    • Glasgow Working Class said,

      You support a mob of shit that will not help the poorest punters while the rich get richer in Scotland. Galloway made the best arguments for the workers to remain in the Union. Salmond refused to debate with him.

  2. Paul Canning (@pauloCanning) said,

    It’s Sputnik Galloway works for, not Russia Today.

    • Jim Denham said,

      Isn’t Sputnik a show or programme carried byRT (Russia Today?): Galloway’s Wikipedia entry includes this:

      “Shortly after its foundation in 2012, Galloway became a presenter with the Al Mayadeen television station which reportedly has connections with Iran and the Assad government in Syria.[335][336] In November 2013, Galloway with his wife Gayatri began to present Sputnik for the Russian RT network. He is a regular contributor to RT’s other programming.[337][338] In an overview of broadcasting organisations Galloway works for, Tom Rogan in the National Review in April 2014 described him as being “a Western puppet for tyranny’s propagandists”.[339] In the register of members’ financial interests published at the end of January 2015, Galloway disclosed that he had earned £293,450 from his television broadcasting work in the previous year and had received almost £70,000 for travelling expenses and hotel stays.[340]

      • Steven Johnston said,

        Who said selling out was cheap! Man, I’d say anything you wanted for that dough…hang on, you don’t mean he takes the money AND believes this shit as well?

  3. Ted Edwards said,

    Well that’s an easy one to respond to. Spot on Charlie..Totally agree.He lost all credibility to me when he was seen acting like a cat in Big Brother. Absolute idiot who many years ago I admired.

  4. kb72 said,

    He’s Putin us on…

  5. Jim Denham said,

  6. Jim Denham said,

    Latest Galloway News: it was the You-Know-Who’s:

  7. ZINR said,

    Corbyn is also a Putin apologist and an employee of Russia Today (not to mention a leader of the pro-Putin, anti-Ukrainian StWC).

    That’s not all he shares with Galloway – support and friendship for fascist organisations like Hamas and Hezbollah, support (right up until becoming party leader) for a single Islamic state encompassing all of Israel, a nostalgia for the Soviet Union, close associations with openly anti-Semitic organisations like PSC and DYR, public defence of violent Islamist mobs in response to the Mohammed cartoons…

    Somehow Galloway is a sick joke (naturally I agree) but Corbyn is someone who can command “critical” support…

    • Political Tourist said,

      But he was a jolly good British Nationalist when the AWL were embarrassing themselves during the Scottish Referendum

    • Steven Johnston said,

      “Galloway disclosed that he had earned £293,450 from his television broadcasting work in the previous year and had received almost £70,000 for travelling expenses and hotel stays”

      That buys a lot of grovelling though, if I was getting that money, heck I’d think the sun shone out of Putin’s ****! Would that make me sick joke too?

      • Glasgow Working Class said,

        Steven, he is an entrepreneur that stays within the law. I have never heard a politician with the gift of the gab in my lifetime like gorgeous. He can say anything he wants and perhaps get payed for it and is untouchable since the failed attemps to fit him up.

    • Lamia said,

      Galloway and Corbyn hold almost identical political views and have supported the same causes. The only real difference is one of temperament: Galloway is, as noted here, an entrepreneur who is selling George Galloway; Corbyn is not a very good salesman, either of himself or his ideas. Galloway has managed to personally turn off many of those on his part of the political spectrum, whereas Corbyn is more liked by the same people. That’s all there is in it. I dislike Galloway, but I can understand how from his point of view it is absurd that he has no place in Corbynite Labour – he is pretty much Corbyn’s political twin.

      • Antonio said,

        Nobody gives a fuck what you think you tedious, repetative oaf.

      • Lamia said,

        Another pitifully weak contribution from Thick Antonio. Keep them coming, dim comrade.

  8. Steven Johnston said,

    I agree, I heard him speak at Glasgow University against the first Gulf war and he is/was one of the finest speakers I’ve ever heard. That does not mean I endorse what he says or said back then. But even back then the knives were out for him, just goes to show you can’t keep a good man down!

    • Glasgow Working Class said,

      Steven. If Saddam had had his way and was allowed to keep Kuwait he was then heading for Saudi and the other oil producers. A bigger war could have happened.

    • Jim Denham said,

      Galloway “a good man”? He’s always been a dishonest, self-serving semi-Stalinist (now with added Islamism) windbag, who’s used the bourgeois courts to silence critics and loves nothing better than grovelling to dictators. Thankfully, he’s now widely regarded as little more than a sick joke.

      • Steven Johnston said,

        With a very healthy bank balance! Same old story…the good go broke.

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