George Galloway faces difficult music
Dark clouds are gathering over the acerbic cigar-smoking George Galloway, MP from the Bangladeshi dominated Bethnal Green and the most outspoken critic of Tony Blair's Iraq policy. No British politician in the recent past strutted the public stage with such bombast and self-regard or talked his way out of tight corners like Galloway did so far.
Now even his constituents have turned against him and calling him to quit. The Serious Fraud Office, which collected thousands of documents from US Senate inquiry into his affairs, is said to be re-investigating whether he received money from the Iraqi oil-for-food programme.
Worst, a new TV footage showed him enthusiastically greeting Saddam Hussain's son Uday, who was said to be psychopathic. All of his woes have emanated from his decision to seek celebrity status by entering Channel 4's controversial Big Brother House where inmates are made to do all sorts of thing in front of camera.
He was ejected from the House; and now faces the problem of getting back his credibility among his constituents and re-establishing his innocence in the oil-for-food programme.
His former supporters in his east London constituency say the MP should resign now he has left the Big Brother house. One critic said, "He ruined himself, he should pack up and resign."
But his party Respect's spokesman said that much of the criticism of Galloway was politically motivated.
Enter your email to get our daily newsletter in your inbox
- The 11 states are Maharashtra, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Telangana, West Bengal, Punjab, Delhi, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. The union territory is Chandigarh.
- Ignoring the continuous protests by the workers of the plant, the Centre has begun the exercise of disinvestment in the steel plant.
- According to the report, bookings surged in Goa for both February 15 and February 22 by over 20%.
- Here are today’s top news, analysis, and opinion. Know all about the latest news and other news updates from Hindustan Times.