30 April 2005


What’s most interesting about the electoral campaign of George Galloway’s “Respect Unity Coalition” – aka Gorgeous George, the Socialist Workers Party and a gaggle of Islamist reactionaries – is how far it has shrunk. It’s now about Galloway versus Oona King in Bethnal Green and Bow and nothing else.

This is not a serious national political project. But it remains possible that Galloway’s ugly campaign (click here) will win the seat. Labour supporters in Bethnal say that the party’s organisation has left much to be desired – in part because it hasn’t been able to cope with the large number of anti-Galloway volunteers for King’s campaign. Labour needs to get its act together fast, though I dare say it will be helped by this.

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