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George Galloway

By Skidoggeruk ·
Good Guy?
Bad Guy?
Or Politician?
All of the above?

What do you think?

I have to admit that I have never liked this guy's need to get on "The Media" and showboat. But I have to admit that he was pretty good yesterday. I was in the car and they had him on live on the radio here.

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I don't like the guy

by neilb@uk In reply to George Galloway

and his election in Bow is all a bit worrying because of the specific anti-Iraq war manifesto that appealed to the large local Muslim population. He did, however, do a fine job defending himself as he had the right to do.

It is the first time a British politician has ever been interrogated as a hostile witness at the US Senate and it may possibly be the last. It was interesting to see the effect of a very forthright debater of the British Parliamentary style - and Galloway is that, all right - on the formal senate committe. In a way, it was a shame that there were only two Senators rather than the full committe of 13.

To committee chairman Norm Coleman: "Now I know that standards have slipped over the last few years in Washington, but for a lawyer, you are remarkably cavalier with any idea of justice,". Way to go, George! for his full statement.

Again, to Coleman "Senator, in everything I said about Iraq, I turned out to be right and you turned out to be wrong,"

The two senators tried to establish a link between a Jordanian businessman who they believe received oil allocations from Saddam Hussein, and Mr Galloway's children's charity. Mr Galloway said the businessman had given money to the charity but he, Mr Galloway, had never known where it came from. The senators believe that it came from Iraq, but they could come up with no proof and their questions ended. Senator Levin later said he was "deeply troubled" that Mr Galloway had "ducked the question". Not sure I follwo that conclusion's logic.

Outside in a corridor George described Mr Coleman, saying: "He's not much of a lyncher."

Mr Coleman said he didn't think Mr Galloway had been a "credible witness". If it was found he had lied under oath, there would be "consequences", he said.

I suspect, however, that they'll not ask George to go over there again.


Anyway, Aljazeera like him.

I expect that Tony will be in line for a lot more of George over thenext few years.

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Saddam Kickbacks

by Skidoggeruk In reply to I don't like the guy

They were trying to hang Galloway by association with that other guy. Hmmm, let me guess how many people managed to get any deals without supplying a kickback. Not saying it was right, but it is the way of the world.

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People in that part of the world

by Tony Hopkinson In reply to Saddam Kickbacks

have a thing called pishkesh. This is not a bribe in western terms, it's a gift in the hope of receiving one in return. Galloway was against sanctions and therefore was someone to be cultivated by the iraqis. As far as I'm aware no evidence of him accepting any gift has come to light, while I personally don't find much to like about the man, I aren't foolish enough to debate the issue with him. He's a masterful orator, capable of verbally shredding anyone. He tore that commission to bits, simply because they were only persecuting him because he disagreed with them, and he used key words like law justice and freedom to do it.
he's been on tv more than a few times, only the ignorant or the stupid give gim a public forum for a debate.

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Like the US Senate?

by Skidoggeruk In reply to People in that part of th ...

It was silly for them to inplicate him without any hard evidence.

Anyhow, I have heard a rumour that he is now being sought to do speaking gigs in the US. Perhaps he should consider this, as I get the impression he is pretty much a one issue politician, and how long will that last? (OK, Iraq looks like it will go on for ages, but you know what I mean)

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I have no idea

by jck In reply to George Galloway

who George Galloway is.

I guess I need to google more.

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Don't worry about him

by neilb@uk In reply to I have no idea

You'll probably never hear of him again.

Just FYI, he's Scottish and rabid anti-Iraq-war and was chucked out of the Labour Party for his views. He then won a London parliamentary seat in an area with a very high muslim population.

The US Senate committee dealing with Iraq Oil-for-food accused him of profiting from some Iraqi oil vouchers so he came on over and - as we say - put the boot in because that's what he does and that's why he was kicked out of the Labour Party.

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thanks for the education.

by jck In reply to Don't worry about him

I'll make sure not to mention him in the pubs next year when I'm in Scotland and England.

Unless of course, I have a pint with Osama.

Can you say...GHB?

(I'd collect that $25M REAL quick if I saw Osama alone)

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Gamma hydroxybutyrate?

by neilb@uk In reply to thanks for the education.

I don't think you're likely to get many conversations where it comes up!

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by jck In reply to Gamma hydroxybutyrate?

that's a drug used for date rape by sickos here...

I'd use it just to knock Osama out and render him defenseless to haul his butt to an embassy and collect.

I got no affection that way for any man...let alone a nutso terrorist plotter.

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I just wondered

by neilb@uk In reply to eh...

Why you posted

Can you say...GHB?

I guessed it was a typo?

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