Apr 3, 2012

Rundle: Big Brother’s Respect a sad tune for Labour Muppets

Gorgeous George Galloway, standing under the Respect party banner, won the Bradford West byelection by a stonking majority.

Guy Rundle — Correspondent-at-large

Guy Rundle


“This is what we would call a Bradford spring” — the familiar soft growl emanated from the radio at half-past seven in the morning, courtesy of the BBC’s Today. Christ, one thought, reaching for the dial, what now? What could be more ominous than waking to the susurrant tones of George Galloway, ex-MP, activist, Big Brother contestant, and cat imitator? God, has he killed someone or something?

Well, not, as it turned out, but it was pretty stonkingly amazing nevertheless. Gorgeous George, standing under the Respect party banner, had won the Bradford West byelection, by a stonking majority, taking 18,000 votes out of a total of just over 30,000, sending Labour to under 10,000, the Tories to 2000, and with the Lib-Dems losing their deposit.

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4 thoughts on “Rundle: Big Brother’s Respect a sad tune for Labour Muppets

  1. paddy

    To think that George will be scaring the pants of Labour & Tory alike!
    A delicious thought.
    George Galloway’s testimony to the Us Senate in 2005 is still one of my all time favourite things on youtube.

  2. klewso

    Yeah, Right – “We’re all in this together, that’s why I’m standing on your shoulders”?

  3. AR

    Galloway has been resolute on the Friday pre-midnight shift on TalkSport, a commercial AM station for the lumpen, where he took on all comers, never stepped back and acknowledged honourable opponents. How strange, pro tem when the majors (in OZ & UK) are run by shiny pants, time servers & apparatchiks, without even an understanding of the “vision thing”.
    He may be the last of the species, a politician who represents his constituents.

  4. Glen McCabe

    Paddy – not to mention Galloway’s debate with the late Christopher Hitchens during that 2005 US tour. The ‘Grapple in the Big Apple’ is a masterpiece of combative oratory.

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