War critic George Galloway wins Bradford seat

And this is supposed to be a surprise?!!!  Bradford was full of Muslims when I was still in England, prior to the summer of 1966.  The joke used to be, “Did you hear about the horrible accident in Bradford?  500 Paki’s got killed! Oh my God, what happened?  The bed broke!” 

Looking at it more realistically, Pakistanis were buying property in row houses, and then using the ‘common’ attics as bedrooms.  If you owned one of a row of houses, you could get into the attic and store things, but there were no walls between the attics; in other words, all you had to do was get up there, and you could move around under the roof for the full length of the row of houses. 

And back in the late 1950s and early 1960s we started hearing horror stories about people being disturbed by noises in the ceiling of their upstairs bedrooms and then being threatened when they looked up into ‘their’ attics and found a bunch of foreigners living there.  Occasionally, beds and multiple “Pakis” would come tumbling through the ceiling onto the beds and occupants beneath, often with serious injuries being sustained by all concerned.

So here we are almost 50 years later, and a person who is opposed to Britain and the U.S. supporting Israel’s aggression and ethnic cleansing of the Palestinians gets a majority of the votes cast in Bradford, and this is a news story?  The seat was previously ‘owned’ by Labour Party Sikhs and Hindus from India, and with such a majority this time around it’s obvious that the Muslims are now more numerous.  Hatred between them was so bad that Muslims and Hindus each had their own labour unions, refusing to sit next to each other at union meetings when I was still in Leeds.  The situation is probably still pretty-much the same, I would think.

For what it’s worth, I don’t support Mr. Galloway at all.  He has massive Muslim support because he recognizes the Israeli / Jewish problem, but he utterly fails to see the Muslim problem.  He fails to recognize that both the Muslim and Jewish religions pose a potentially terminal threat to Christianity, and indeed to any other religion on Earth.  Seeing only half the problem is at least as dangerous as not seeing any of it. 

Wake up George, you’re doing well on paper but you’re not really helping.

Jeff Goodall.

Political maverick George Galloway wins surprise return to U.K. Parliament

Toronto Star
David Stringer, AP: March 30th, 2012

LONDON—An outspoken critic of the war in Afghanistan claimed Friday that public anger over the conflict propelled him to a surprise victory in a special election for a seat in Britain’s House of Commons.

George Galloway, a leftist political maverick who was banned from speaking in Canada in 2010 because of his support for Hamas, won the Bradford West seat in northern England — a district that includes a large Muslim community — with a majority of more than 10,000 votes, as support for the country’s mainstream lawmakers crumbled.

The election was triggered by the resignation of main opposition Labour Party legislator Marsha Singh due to ill health, but Singh’s party had been expected to comfortably retain the seat it had held for more than 30 years.

Galloway, who was voted out of Parliament in Britain’s 2010 national election, dubbed his victory the “Bradford spring” — likening it to pro-democracy uprisings in the Middle East — and claimed it was “the most sensational result in British byelection history bar none.”

He insisted that resentment at mainstream political parties over the conflict in Afghanistan, which has so far seen 407 British military personnel killed since 2001, had been decisive.

“They have to stop supporting illegal, bloody, costly foreign wars,” Galloway said, as the result was announced. “The public don’t believe that they have atoned for their role in the invasion and occupation of other people’s countries and the drowning of those countries in blood.”

Labour’s candidate Imran Hussain polled second behind Galloway — losing around 20 per cent of the party’s votes compared to 2010 — while both members of Britain’s coalition government, the Conservative Party and the smaller Liberal Democrats, also saw their support fall.

Galloway, who was expelled from the country’s Labour Party in 2003 for urging British soldiers not to fight in Iraq, represents the anti-war Respect party, and he will be the organization’s only House of Commons legislator.

He said his victory proved the British public no longer supported efforts by the U.S. and NATO in Afghanistan. International forces are due to end their combat role in the country in 2014.

“The war will end on the same terms it could have last week, or last year, or any year in the last 10 years,” Galloway told Britain’s Sky News. “We don’t have the blood to spare and we certainly don’t have the treasure to spare in Britain to be going around the world occupying other people’s countries and having our young men coming home in boxes.”

Galloway is known in Britain for his strident opposition to the U.S.-led invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq — but also for an appearance in 2006 on the reality television series Big Brother, when he dressed in a red leotard and lapped imaginary milk as he pretended to be a cat.

“I think his celebrity was a very significant factor,” Labour lawmaker Toby Perkins said, explaining his party’s defeat. “Bradford is an important city for the party and it has come as a big shock the way that things have changed over the past few weeks.”

In 2010, Galloway was denied entry to Canada on national security grounds over his links to Palestinian group Hamas, which Ottawa considers a terrorist organization, though he was later permitted to visit. The lawmaker was previously awarded an honorary Palestinian passport by Gaza’s Hamas prime minister, Ismail Haniyeh, after joining aid convoys to the Gaza Strip.

Galloway also has courted controversy over his links to former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein and was suspended from the House of Commons for 18 days in 2007 after he was accused of concealing his financial dealings with Hussein’s government. An investigation found that a charity Galloway set up had been partly funded by the Iraqi dictator.

Two years earlier, Galloway had angrily denounced U.S. senators while testifying before a Washington committee that accused his political organization of receiving hundreds of thousands of dollars in U.N. oil-for-food allocations from Saddam.

During a notorious visit to Iraq in 1994, Galloway was filmed telling Hussein, “Sir, I salute your courage, your strength, your indefatigability.”

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