GO campaign brings scum together

February 20, 2016 at 8:30 am (anti-semitism, apologists and collaborators, Europe, Galloway, Jim D, populism, Racism, reaction, Respect, stalinism, UKIP, wankers)

 Nigel Farage and George Galloway attend the the Grassroots Out rally at the Queen Elizabeth II conference centre in London. Nigel Farage and George Galloway at the the Grassroots Out rally at the Queen Elizabeth II conference centre. Photograph: Peter Nicholls/Reuters

The Graun‘s excellent John Crace reports:

Step forward George Galloway, never one to turn down an opportunity to self-promote. There were boos as his name was announced and more than a hundred people left in protest. The GO campaign was finally beginning to make sense. Its aim had been to bring together politicians from across all parties and it had done just that. Unfortunately they were all ones which most normal people would go a long way to avoid.

24 Comments

  1. kb72 said,

    However gruesome the audience of this event a lot of them recognised an anti-semite in Galloway and would have no truck with him. A Stop the War rally don’t have those levels of perception and decency.

  2. Mark Taha said,

    we’re on the same side on this issue.No time for him on most others.

  3. John R said,

    Foot and Powell sharing a platform against the EEC = Tragedy.

    Galloway and Farage sharing a platform against the EU = Farce.

  4. Jim Denham said,

    Tony Benn was, IMHO a decent guy: but his alliance with Enoch Powell over the Common Market was a terrible mistake and stain on his reputation:

    http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2015/08/10/referendum-revisited-part-4-tony-benn-and-enoch-powell-join-together-for-failure_n_7965498.html

  5. damon said,

    I wouldn’t call farage scum. If you do so, you thereby call all of Ukip’s voters scum too. He’s hardly a progressive politician it’s true. but he represents a legitimate view of the world IMO.
    Not one I support myself, but I know a few people who do, and they do have concerns that are justified.

    Calling Farage scum is as bad as the stupid Hope not Hate group treating Ukip like fascists.

    • Jim Denham said,

      We have to tel it like it is, damon: Farage *is* scum (as is Galloway), but we should also try to engage with his rank and file supporters – I’d say exactly the same about the BNP, etc, …

      • damon said,

        If we start calling people we don’t like ”scum” we’ll end up saying that about half of all people in political life.
        Is Tommy Robinson to be described that way? David Cameron and most of the Tory party? There’s loads of Labour people I don’t like also.
        What about the pro-Palestinian movement? They’re pretty rubbish.
        As are many strong supporters of Israel (like people on the Harry’s Place site – some of those are the worst people I’ve ever come across).

        Apart form his smarmy and eccentric personality, what is it particularly that Farage says that makes him scum? He supports a more restricted immigration policy and wants out of the EU.
        Those are actually reasonable wishes and being targeted by the likes of Hope not Hate makes that kind of anti-fascism a joke imo.

    • m_jelly (@monsieur_jelly) said,

      “I wouldn’t call farage scum. If you do so, you thereby call all of Ukip’s voters scum too.”

      an utterly idiotic non sequitur spoken by an absolute and cretinous imbecile. Obviously.

      • damon said,

        So why is Farage scum then?
        He has a pretty unappealing manner about him I would conceed.
        He has cultivated a persona that seems deliberately ”old fashioned”.
        I’m sure that annoys many people, just as it seems to attractive to many. But that wouldn’t be a good enough reason to call him scum, so it must be Ukip’s policies that make him that.
        His biggest crime seems to have been to have very publically questioned the consensus on how respectable people are supposed to discuss immigration and multiculturalism.
        He has said there has been too much immigration in the last couple of decades.
        No one can say that in the UK and not be lined up to be denounced as a racist. It’s the way things have been in the UK for years now.
        He says that Britain should be more like Australia in chosing who it takes.
        That’s enough to get Hope not Hate targeting Ukip has ”haters”.

        I don’t call many people scum. Most people have some redeeming features. But people who have destroyed any chances of reasonable political debate by polarising things so much (if you’re not with them you’re against them) are more scummy in my opinion than reasonably honest right wingers and even racists.
        And some of the worst of those people are anti-fascist types who think they are judge and jury over who can say what about things like immigration and discussions about race etc.
        See the black lives matter movement in the USA for example.

  6. Glasgow Working Class said,

    If you are against being a member of the EU then you have to form temporary alliances. The EU is corrupt to the core and we should get out.

    • Jim Denham said,

      “you have to form temporary alliances”: with Galloway? At least half the audience had the decency to walk out.

      • Glasgow Working Class said,

        Well Jim half the audience probably went with the intention of walking out. I do not agree with Galloway over his Israeli opinions however he does get some things right on occasion. The EU should never have happened it is corrupt. The EEC was supposed to be just about trade however the opportunists that are bleeding the taxpayers have won so far. I will once again campaign to get out whether or not I get booted out of the Labour Party. I am at that age.

      • Steven Johnston said,

        But isn’t that what you want? A Galloway in there to divide & weaken the “leave EU” campaign?

    • Political Tourist said,

      Pretty racist language you used on Scot goes Pop comrade.

      • Glasgow Working Class said,

        And what was said that was racist language?

  7. John R said,

    Strange bedfellows (art by me) –

    • Political Tourist said,

      Two strange bedfellows, really.
      Look like a couple of British Nationalists to me.

      • Glasgow Working Class said,

        I assume PT you will not answer my question about your race comment.
        I disagree about the strange bedfellows. Both are for getting out and that is all they have to agree about.
        Perhaps you have a dislike of Galloway because he helped destroy the Nat sis.

  8. Steven Johnston said,

    Glasgow, I like the GO campaign, all the old jokes together in one place.
    But forgive if I’m not bowled over by the combination of Farage and Galloway.

    • Glasgow Working Class said,

      Steven we had Adolf and Joe. Fred and Ginger. Cameron and Clegg. Lets face the music and dance.

  9. Boleyn Ali said,

    Doomed to split – Galloway refuses to wear the Go campaign regimental tie

    • Steven Johnston said,

      He has Balkanised more movements than David Owen.

    • Glasgow Working Class said,

      I will lend him mine although the Star of David may not be to his taste.

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