April 1st, 2012
NewsRescue- Sensationalistic speaker and revolutionary activist George Galloway, known for his staunch opposition to the globalist corporate empire, Israeli occupation of Palestine and US-UK-NATO wars and occupations, won the Bradford byelections with a landslide victory.
At victory, he declared:
“By the grace of God, we have won the most sensational victory in British political history”.
It appeared that the seat’s Muslim community had decamped from Labour en masse to Galloway’s call for an immediate British troop withdrawal from Afghanistan and a fightback against the job crisis.
On a turnout of 50.78%, Labour’s shellshocked candidate Imran Hussain was crushed by a 36.59% swing from Labour to Respect that saw Galloway take the seat with a majority of 10,140.
PressTV– An internationally celebrated political commentator has said that George Galloway’s victory in the Bradford West by-election challenges British politics which “has been governed by Thatcherism for decades.”
Writing for the Guardian, Tariq Ali, a British Pakistani political commentator and analyst, said Galloway’s triumph would challenge the status quo in Britain and would force British people to “rethink” their passive role in the UK politics which has been governed by Thatcherism.
Ali maintained that the UK politics has been characterized by the basic tenets of Thatcherism, named after former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher who took the reins of the country from 1979 to 1990.
“Those [tenets] were the roots of the extreme centre, which encompasses both centre-left and centre-right and exercises power, promoting austerity measures that privilege the wealthy, and backing wars and occupations abroad,” said Ali.
Furthermore, Galloway, who won a sensational victory in the Bradford West by-election defeating the Labour Party by over 10,000 votes, said his victory was like a “revolution.”
“Like the Arab revolutions, this is a movement, above all, of the young,” said Galloway.
Prior to Galloway’s victory, the British media tried hard to treat his Respect campaign “as a loony fringe show.” However, his victory showed that British people are fed up with “the bland untruths that are mouthed every day by government and opposition politicians,” as described by Ali.
Known for hosting Press TV’s the Real Deal and Comment shows, Galloway is an outspoken critic of the British government’s warmongering policies.
In 2003, Galloway was expelled from the Labour Party after expressing his opposition to invading Iraq. Following his expulsion from Labour, Galloway became a founding member of the left-wing Respect Party.
“Respect is different. It puts forward a leftist social-democratic programme that challenges the status quo and is loud in its condemnation of imperial misdeeds. In other words, it is not frightened by politics. Its triumph in Bradford should force some to rethink their passivity,” said Ali.