George Galloway faces difficult music

Published on Jan 28, 2006 06:56 PM IST

Dark clouds are gathering over MP from the Bangladeshi dominated Bethnal Green and the most outspoken critic of Blair's Iraq policy.

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None | ByVijay Dutt, London

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.

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