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Posts Tagged ‘May 2010

Why Galloway Jumped Ship?

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Whatever you think of George Galloway he has a nose for trouble and it seems clear that he saw the implosion of Respect coming.

Apparently, there was a piece on BBC London local news, where the main backer of the Respect Party, Azmal Hussein, has decided to pull the plug.

I don’t know Mr. Hussein, but it seems he was the Respect version of Michael Ashcroft, the party funder.

Mr. Hussein, according to the International Socialism journal, is a millionaire restaurateur and property developer.

I am not familiar with Mr. Hussein but I assume he thought he was throwing good money after bad then decided to stop wasting his time and money. It seems that the writing was on the wall in 2007, or so the Weekly Worker implies.

No doubt the Gorgeous One saw it coming and made arrangements accordingly. I pity Hollywood.

Still, it is a shame that these small parties are equally dependent on the whim of multimillionaires. Not exactly a new type of politics is it?

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12/05/2010 at 19:29

A Split In The Making.

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Whilst I wouldn’t normally be terribly interested in the British political scene even from these early days it’s possible to see how the Tory and LibDem coalition will split, William Hague (once a spotty youth at Tory Party conferences) reveals more:

“”Of course we’ve all had to make compromises, but we’ve made those in a sensible way. Really it is the best of the Liberal Democrat manifesto with the bulk of the Conservative manifesto. And it’s politics, it’s government, to make the necessary compromises. “

Key words: the bulk.

In the run-up to the final deal there were plenty of derogatory comments from Tory politicians showing their natural contempt for the Liberals and they might be able to keep it under control for a period of time during their honeymoon, but it won’t last.

The Tories are downright contemptuous of the Lib Dems, but had such a lust for power that they can moderate it in the short-term.

The Lib Dems, outside of Parliament, will come to hate the Tories and all they stand for, any radicals in their ranks would surely agitate against this coalition.

Certainly, it does give both parties what they want, for a brief period of time, which is POWER.

However, such an alliance is by its very nature unstable and conflicted. if Labour can attack them competently and prepare themselves for a new election then all bets are off.

I can’t see this alliance lasting a year, you might even expect another general election within six to nine months.

That’s the type of political calculation that should be focusing any opposition to the Tory government and their Lib Dem lackeys.

George In Hollywood

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Whatever you think of George Galloway he has a certain entertainment value.

He’s a showman, and has considerably more skill than the average politician.

The Gorgeous one knows what he likes, money and power and follows it.

I had mistakenly assumed that he would be doing another tour of the Middle East, but I suppose they’ve heard it all before and even Galloway’s aggressive rhetoric must become boring after a time.

The Gorgeous one has surprised all of us, by intending to go to Hollywood!

I can’t see him doing Cecil B. Mills type pictures or even Jimmy Cagney in Yankee Doodle Dandy, but there’s plenty of money in Hollywood and it should provide a new outlet for his ego.

The Times has more:

” He plans to emulate Michael Moore, the American left-wing film-maker. His first project will be a movie about the plight of Palestinians in Gaza.

The Scottish-born firebrand, who has long campaigned for the creation of a Palestinian state, said he will be flying to Los Angeles this week to secure studio backing for his venture.

The former Labour MP for Glasgow Kelvin, said he had lined up meetings with movie executives and hoped to raise £2m to £4m for the project.

Moore, who rose to prominence with hard-hitting documentaries such as Bowling for Columbine and Fahrenheit 9/11, has focused on gun ownership, globalisation and the Iraq war.

“I’m off to California on Saturday to speak to people in the film business about a long-standing idea I’ve had to do a Michael Moore type treatment of the Palestinian conflict,” said Galloway. “Think of Fahrenheit 9/11 but about Palestine and the siege on Gaza and the settlements on the West Bank and so on.

“If I could emulate 20% of Michael Moore that would be something. He’s sensationally successful. I’m a great admirer of his work. I don’t want to copy him but to emulate him in the way he tackles issues.

“I think I could present well — do the Michael Moore part well. The story is attractive and controversial. I like trying to do things that have never been done before.”

“In 2005 I got quite friendly with Sean Penn and Warren Beatty. I’m going to go and see them, I hope, and several other film people on the production and directorial side,” he said.

“I’ve got a potential director — he’s quite famous — me, as a known person in the United States, Britain and throughout the Arab world, and we’ve got the story.” “

If nothing else, following Galloway’s antics has a certain amusement value.

(H/T: Liam Mac Uaid)

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10/05/2010 at 13:56

Elections: Fear And Loathing?

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Pundits with far greater expertise than me are contemplating the various permutations which will fallout from the British general election 1) minority Tory government 2) Tory-Lib Dem pact 3) Lib-Lab continuation etc etc.

All very pertinent, but I am sure we will find out in due course once the sordid deals have been done in smoke-filled rooms.

I think what is interesting from this election is the often contradictory nature of how we vote, do we pick a good local candidate? Or are we against his/her opponent? Do we vote for policies or pick parties?

My feeling is that many voted in the British general election on local issues, particularly in those in Scotland, and Wales, whereas in England or at least the Home Counties there was more of a class vote, for the Tories.

The impression I am getting is that there is considerable loathing for Gordon Brown and new Labour, but a distinct fear of the Tories and their slash and burn policies.

Equally, the Tories had their first scent of a victory in years so voted as you would expect, tribally in the Home Counties.

I have no insight as to what will happen with all of the horse trading, but here’s a few thoughts:

1) whether or not Gordon Brown will step down and be replaced is an issue (and if I were a betting man I wouldn’t put money on the Milibands as so much of the Press does, Ed Balls looks a stronger candidate);

2) there will probably be either (or both) a General Election within 6-9 months, and a referendum on proportional representation;

3) it might serve the Labour Party to walk away from Government, let the Tories muck it up and try to beat them in a future General Election;

4) the BNP failed in Barking, thankfully, but their overall turnout of over half a million votes is still worrying.

Update 1: Bob’s election coverage.

Update 2: Comrade Osler goes back to his roots with The far left and the general election and General election open thread.

Update 3: Phil has more on the Stoke Central General Election Result.

Update 4: Harry on The Future For Socialists, and the sad news that Peter Heathfield died.

Update 5: Jams on No seat for Griffin mercifully.

Update 6: Martin on the morning after.

Update 7: Chris Dillow sees it differently Cameron’s failure: the left’s problem. I thought his previous post was good, although it discounted the number of Public schoolers in the Labour Party!

Update 8: Galloway, beaten by the Tories! Second time around the Glorious one couldn’t pull it off and came third after New Labour zombie, Jim Fitzpatrick and Tory councillor, Tim Archer. I imagine George will now embark on another fund raising tour of the Middle East or make more of an effort to push his media career at Press TV. Either way expect more inflammatory language from him.

Update 9: Why the Nick Griffin and the BNP lost by Flesh is Grass.

Update 10: There is always a degree of political schadenfreude in elections, but I thought this comment was apt:

“The horrific George Galloway did abysmally too, getting a smaller vote than the utterly un-charismatic, non-celebrity Lindsey German got in the last election. “

Update 11: Possibility the final word goes to Olly and his Onions: Gays attempt to cure Tories.

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07/05/2010 at 14:41

BNP Election Watch 1.

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I haven’t covered the BNP in what seems like ages and in this particular General Election they are proving to be the pile of scumbags, thugs and liars that we thought them to be.

Left Foot Forward has how an Essex newspaper has become the mouthpiece of the BNP.

From Kirklees Unity, BNP lies outrage campaigners and Liverpool BNP Campaign in Disarray.

At Lancaster Unity, On the front line of the war against the BNP and Police probe after the BNP parades fake soldier Walker.

Finally, Norfolk Unity has BNP council candidate denies assault charges and Second rate and stupid – BNP’s East Anglian clowns rise to new lows.

That last bit sounds about right.

Not forgetting Hope Not Hate have produced a good election guide.

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26/04/2010 at 23:35