What parliamentary standards?

[Tuesday]

Whatever one thinks of George Galloway he is one of the most independent-minded members of the Westminster parliament, something of a rarity these days. It is for his campaign against the imperialist invasion and occupation of Iraq that he is most famous internationally, and today it was this that was behind his expulsion from the House of Commons for 18 days.

On the basis of his links to the former Iraqi government of Saddam Hussein – his political campaign against sanctions indirectly received funds from the Iraqi government – he has been “evicted” from the British parliament.

No cat impressions today, he was deadly serious, defending his reputation from the jury of enemies that had punished him for robustly defending himself. And for this second defence of his reputation, and criticism of his critics, he was turfed out of today’s debate by the Speaker Michael Martin.

The Standards and Privileges Committee – no standards, plenty of privileges – that tried him had no problems with the Mariam Appeal (which was made a charity by Lord Goldsmith after it had been wound up so that its books could be investigated) accepting donations from other Middle East rulers who have not rebelled against their Western masters.

There has never been any proof that Galloway personally benefited from the Appeal, and these allegations keep returning because they are the best way to smear Galloway, and by extension, the anti-war movement.

All of this is in contrast to the failed and half-hearted police investigation into the cash for honours affair – despite the obvious guilt of the New Labour elite – and the farewell that the House of Commons gave to Tony Blair – a war criminal – on his departure. Blair got a standing ovation from all of the political parties; Galloway got an 18 day suspension…

You can view Galloway’s speech here, if you haven’t already. It is a remarkable debunking of the allegations of the Committee, which had accused, without proof, the Respect MP and his former wife of conspiracy to defraud.

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4 Responses to “What parliamentary standards?”

  1. Toque Says:

    I can’t say that I have much time for Galloway. The way that he debunked from Scotland down to England’s most Muslim constituency to promote his brand of communialist politics disgusted me.

    However, he is at least a man of conviction, which makes a rare change, and he is easily the best speaker in the House of Commons.

  2. charliemarks Says:

    Well, my biggest beef with Gorgeous George is his opposition to Scottish independence.

    He’s an anti-imperialist, yet opposes breaking up the junior partner of the foremost imperialist power in the world… Not exactly joined up thinking, but hey, at least he supports a referendum on the issue.

    You didn’t mention the Big Brother fiasco. At least he has the good humour to play “Top Cat” in the intro to his shows…

  3. Toque Says:

    Unfortuantely I was living in Canada at the time so I missed that series of Big Brother.

    There are some huge sacrifices to make if you emigrate, missing out on Big Brother came just behind our traffic and weather.

  4. Derek Conway proves the Tories can still do corruption « Rebellion Sucks! = a blog for socialism & self-determination Says:

    […] can still do corruption Tuesday, January 29, 2008 — charliemarks Read this and recall: George Galloway was suspended from parliament for questioning the motives of those pro-war MPs who were investigating his campaign against the […]


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