George Galloway Defeated in UK General Election
by Stephen Lendman
Parliamentarian, writer, broadcaster, anti-war activist, human rights supporter, Israeli critic, and champion of Palestinian rights among other credentials Respect Party member Galloway was defeated in Thursday's general election.
He lost his Bradford West constituency decisively to New Labour's Naz Shah - 19,977 to 8,557. Down but not out, he commented, saying:
I don't begrudge the Labour members here their moment of celebration, of course."
"But there will be others who are already celebrating: the venal, the vile, the racists and the Zionists will all be celebrating."
"The hyena can bounce on the lion’s grave but it can never be a lion and in any case, I’m not in my grave. As a matter of fact I’m going off now to plan the next campaign."
"Bradford West will always have a central place in my heart," he explained.
Shah thanked all her opponents in her victory speech "with the exception of one," she said - leaving no doubt who she meant.
She outrageously claimed Galloway "demean(ed) our democracy" while campaigning. He blasted Torries and New Labour for continuing business as usual.
Millions of Brits are suffering. Corrupt politicians don't care. Food banks are proliferating, Galloway explained. "Can you imagine what the country will look like by 2020 if these barbarians are returned" to power, he stressed.
Social justice is fast disappearing. Neoliberal harshness is official UK policy. So is partnering with Washington's endless wars.
Galloway demands better. He was a marked man for championing what power brokers oppose.
Campaigning was rough and tumble. A Galloway spokesman denied his tactics were out of line.
"Shah has made it personal from the beginning," he said. "She hasn't told the truth, and she's told untruths about George."
It didn't affect his core supporters, reports indicated. They were out in force. It wasn't enough.
In 2012, Galloway defeated New Labour's Imran Hussein overwhelmingly. This time was different.
In late April, Galloway said he'll run for mayor of London if his reelection campaign fails. He told Sky News:
"I won't run for London mayor if I am reelected on 7 May. If I am not reelected, I will run" in May 2016.
He ruled out running as a sitting MP - suggesting it would be impossible to represent his constituents properly. A spokesman had no further comment.
Galloway remains one of politics most charismatic figures. Supporters and critics alike agree few can arouse a crowd the way he does.
It was an honor for this writer to be on air once with him as a guest. We had a rousing discussion not heard on major Western media outlets.
Hard truths on issues mattering most are strictly verboten. Galloway features them on air and in parliament. Maybe as mayor of London next year.
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