George Galloway, Respect MP for Bradford West has announced he is considering running in the 2016 London Mayoral election.
It will come as little surprise to many that Galloway is seeking further political limelight, having jumped ship before seeking re-election in his previous parliamentary seat. Galloway has been vocal on twitter, remarking that the William Hill odds place him as 25/1 to win. Higher than the Liberal Democrats.
The London Mayor is an iconic position of international significance. Last summer during the Olympics, Boris Johnson was the face of British politics shown to the world. George Galloway then remains a questionable choice to be the face of our capital.
Galloway has previously contested the London seat of Poplar and Limehouse in 2010 finishing third, with former food and farming Minister Kim Fitzpatrick trouncing Galloway by more than 10,000 votes. Criticisms were leveled after the campaign at the tactics and personal smearing ruthlessly employed by Galloway. A theme that followed him to his Bradford West campaign where he shamelessly courted the Muslim vote by labeling his Labour rival as a drinker saying on his website “I am a better Pakistani than Mr Hussein will ever be and a man who is never out of the pub shouldn’t be going around asking you to vote for him because he is a Muslim.” The antics of a man who is willing to go to any length to win, actively playing on dividing lines within communities.
Hansard shows Galloway has only spoken in parliament twice this year, submitting just 5 questions, only two of which related to his constituency. Compounded further by Galloway only having voted on 14 out of 43 bills. What level of representation can the people of London truly expect?
Outside of refusing to debate Jewish teenagers “Israeli” arguments and prancing about in skin tight cat suits in the Big Brother house, Galloway has a worrying penchant for falling hopelessly in love with brutal dictators. He was still claiming most Iraqi’s loved Saddam Hussein whilst they were placing the noose around Saddam’s neck.
Boris may be gaffe prone, though he’s the clumsy little brother you can’t help but love, but more importantly, his gaffes are harmless, a bit of fun. Galloway couldn’t strike a more different and sinister image. As likely to embrace a dictator one day, as he is to defend rape the next.
Let’s not forget, George has labelled Syria as the last castle of Arab dignity. He has been repeatedly questioned by the media regarding his fervent support for the Assad regime, who are currently suspected of releasing Chemical Weapons on their people having already killed over 100,000. Much like Saddam, his other beau.
Frankly, London deserves better. London deserves to be properly represented. London deserves a real leader. George Galloway can provide none of these.