Here’s George Galloway sticking a finger in the eye of our Congressional liars and hypocrites
George Galloway has said his surprise victory in the Bradford West by-election showed the “alienation” of voters from the main political parties. The Respect Party politician said his win also reflected concerns about jobs and the economy – and was not just based on the support of Muslim voters.
Labour’s Ed Miliband said the loss of the seat was “incredibly disappointing”…he said “local factors” were partly to blame but pledged to “learn lessons” from the defeat.
But the BBC’s chief political correspondent Norman Smith said the poll, coming at the end of a difficult week for the coalition government, should have been a “stroll in the park” and that there were questions whether the Labour leadership could connect with its core supporters.
Mr Galloway, expelled by Labour in 2003, won the by-election by 10,140 votes, in the process of overturning a Labour majority of more than 5,000 at the 2010 general election.
He told the BBC that his win represented a “peaceful democratic uprising” against the established political parties and their leaders…
How did he win? Firstly, he appears to have galvanised some who feel ignored, even disenfranchised by the main political parties…
For others, in a multi-ethnic constituency, the call for the immediate withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan was appealing.
For others still, this was a mid-term by-election. It wasn’t about choosing the next government, but sending a powerful message, selecting a noisy, high profile advocate to represent them.
The Conservatives, who came third in the by-election with 2,746 votes, also saw their vote fall by more than 20%…
The Lib Dems came fourth and lost their deposit.
Bravo, George. One of the noisier independent voices for ordinary working people in British politics. Someone who stuck to his guns during the years of Blair/Bush bedsitters.