Friday, March 30, 2012

George Galloway is returned to Westminster

Err... George Galloway has triumphed in the Bradford West by-election, overturning 40 years of Labour rule. His Grace has received a number of abusive tweets blaming him for the outcome. He would simply like to say that electorates tend to get the representatives they deserve. In this case, it is a Catholic Muslim. His Grace sends his sincere sympathies to Bishop Nick.

Mr Galloway, His Grace salutes your courage, your strength, your indefatigability, and he wants you to know that he is absolutely not with you and never will be, except when you are a thorn in Ed’s side, and also on Judgment Day, when he hopes to have a ringside seat.


Blogger Marcus Foxall said...

I'm certain God will be aware of the privacy law situation and will therefore grant a ringside seat to no-one. And should a Christian relish an opportunity to gloat?

30 March 2012 at 01:33  
Blogger non mouse said...

Goodness Your Grace. Bish Nick? It couldn't happen to a better person.

30 March 2012 at 04:23  
Blogger D. Singh said...

Your Grace

My how the political landscape has changed with both Galloway and Livingstone adapting to the changed constituencies they appeal to.

30 March 2012 at 07:26  
Blogger DanJ0 said...


30 March 2012 at 07:33  
Blogger Jobtwenteewun1to3 said...

It wos His Grace wot wun it.....

30 March 2012 at 08:27  
Blogger Emlyn Uwch Cych said...

Cranmer, you vapid wisp of dust! I hope the Electoral Commission gives you the once over for exhorting Bradford to vote Respect. If you'd have told the Muzzies to vote Tory, wouldn't they have jumped that way instead?

30 March 2012 at 08:41  
Blogger Sam Vega said...

"His Grace has received a number of abusive tweets blaming him for the outcome"

And rightly so. This Conservative Christian blog is essential reading for the barely literate Pakistani community in West Yorkshire. Down Afshar's cabs office, they talk of little else.

30 March 2012 at 09:51  
Blogger Nowhere man said...

Now we will see more cringing dhimmitude from the Labour Party as they strive not to lose the whole city of Bradford (and perhaps many others) in May.

The Muslim block vote is being used to great effect.

Rather than challenge it the mainstream parties will fold as they do to every minority cause, leaving the majority high, dry and unrepresented in this "progressive democracy".

No hope for the rest of us (esp. DanJ0) as politicians cling to their salaries and perks in the face of the creeping Ummah and Sharia Law.

30 March 2012 at 10:13  
Blogger Jon said...

You've got to hand it to him - he knows how to whip up a crowd, and he's been consistent in his message for years.

I think the problem we have now is with authenticity. Dave clearly lacks it ("I like pasties" - really?), Osborne is afraid of showing it in case people realise he might be a red- blooded capitalist, Clegg briefly offered it but it turned out to be just TV star dust.

I think Labour felt that Miliband offered it to them, but Galloway has shown them what authenticity looks like in the 21st century, just as Salmond showed them before.

The problem for UK- wide political parties now is that they have to be broad churches, appealing to mutually exclusive interest groups. But as never before, the conflicts of interest are laid bare, and so politicians appear disingenuous.

Labour and the Tories have lost their souls) and the LibDems never really seemed to have decided whether they were Greens, metropolitan liberals, or the Countryside Alliance in Birkenstocks.

Day to day polling and the existence of a deus-ex-machina civil service that survives elections obscure the fact that our main political parties are is in crisis because their politicians are mostly now a separate electoral species who have no comprehension of life as most people in the UK understand it.

30 March 2012 at 10:30  
Blogger The Way of Dodo the Dude said...

" His Grace ... on Judgment Day, when he hopes to have a ringside seat."

Wont you be in purgatory my good man? Oh no, forgot, you'll be allowed out for the day.

30 March 2012 at 11:18  
Blogger Ahab`s Leg said...

It appears that Ken Livingstone by noting the ratio of Jews to Moslems in London [1:4] is buttering his mayoral electoral bread according to the Galloway doctrine of saying something often enough that eventually it`s believed by a significantly large minority.

30 March 2012 at 11:49  
Blogger Rambling Steve Appleseed said...

' The Muslim block vote...., ' we will hear more about this in future, much more. Ed Milliband's spin men will be studying this phenomenon and devising ways to harness it to best effect.

Remember Andrew Neather.

30 March 2012 at 12:38  
Blogger Mr Integrity said...

Dodo said;
Wont you be in purgatory my good man?
Christians, unlike Catholics, don't go to purgatory, we go straight to Heaven Halleluiah.

30 March 2012 at 12:42  
Blogger The Way of Dodo the Dude said...

Integrity: or its opposite. Mustn't prejudge the outcome of the Final Judgement.

Besides, I thought the theological point had been conceded "... a Protestant in purgatory’s chance of winning" but it appears a recantation may have taken place - again!

30 March 2012 at 14:49  
Blogger David Lindsay said...

If anything, a candidate who, although not himself a Muslim, is far closer to the universalist and egalitarian core of Islam, has defeated the brazen nominee of the baradari system, the means whereby the ancestors of today’s Pakistanis kept the caste system going after they had converted to Islam.

What has happened at Bradford West has been a victory, by the choice of Pakistani-descended British Muslims, for inclusive, ideological and interest-based British politics over the baradari-based politics of Pakistan.

In any case, even if every Muslim in Bradford West had voted for George Galloway, then he still could not have won 56 per cent of the vote, and that on an eight-way split and with a 50 per cent turnout, leading to a majority of 10 thousand due to a whopping 36 per cent swing. The extremely mixed University Ward gave him 85 per cent of the vote.

As for the claims that Respect is the first overtly communalist and sectarian party in mainland British politics since the Liverpool Protestant Party or whatever, and that communalism and sectarianism are historically alien to the British Left, I honestly do not know which is funnier, these people’s obvious failure ever to set foot outside secular or occasionally observant Jewish London, or their failure to recognise that as in itself a communal and sectarian interest, whether expressed through the Communist Party of old and the Trotskyist groupuscules, or through the New Labour that those things have gone on to become, at least within that and certain other communal and sectarian milieux.

He may have been mixing with some of the wrong crowd in recent years, but George Galloway is a pro-life Catholic who was never a member of the Campaign Group or even of the Tribune Group. He is an outspoken opponent of Scottish separatism, and of the only European Union that is only ever going to exist.

His anti-Blairite Labour views on the great socio-economic issues of the present moment are in line both with public opinion and with the position of the Leader of the Labour Party. His victory over a Blairite candidate, insofar as he held any political opinion rather than being a mere cog in a machine, constitutes a vindication and endorsement of the Labour Leader over his enemies, of this Miliband over the other one.

The complete collapse of the Liberal Democrats was entirely predictable and universally predicted, but it is no less significant for that. Although a tiny local Far Right faction put up a candidate, it is telling both that he received a derisory vote on such a high turnout by by-election standards, and that he was not a member of the BNP. The BNP’s Strasbourg seat in Yorkshire is clearly doomed, and with it doubtless also the one in the North West, also based heavily in the ex-industrial Pennines. It is necessary to note UKIP’s persistent inability to return anyone to Westminster even now that the Greens have managed it and Respect has managed it twice. That, moreover, is before the UKIP Leadership passes to Neil Hamilton.

However, the biggest story of all here is the catastrophe for the Conservative Party, which, if it is ever again to form a majority government, desperately needs to win seats in Yorkshire (as well as Wales, the North West, and Scotland and the North East on a really good day), and this one was not without its leafy suburbs.

But then, it is the Conservative Party that really is the fully functioning British political vehicle of the Far Left, of Islamism, and of South Asian communalism.

30 March 2012 at 15:23  
Blogger The Way of Dodo the Dude said...

David L

I was with you right up to the last statement. What do you mean by:

" ... the Conservative Party that really is the fully functioning British political vehicle of the Far Left, of Islamism, and of South Asian communalism."

30 March 2012 at 20:12  
Blogger bluedog said...

But Dodo @ 20.12, for Dave, Left is cool, so he picks up any Leftist cause as a matter of habit. Hence the SSM debacle.

Thank you Mr Lindsay for an amusing and very informative post.

31 March 2012 at 11:10  
Blogger DanJ0 said...

D Linsay: "He may have been mixing with some of the wrong crowd in recent years, but George Galloway is a pro-life Catholic [...]"

A Catholic with two divorces behind him.

31 March 2012 at 15:39  
Blogger David Lindsay said...

The entire Socialist Workers’ Party faction of Respect in Tower Hamlets not long ago defected to the Conservative Party after having fallen out with the Islamists. Johanna Kaschke, a longstanding Respect and Communist Party figure, left the Labour Party in 2007 after having failed to secure its nomination for the parliamentary seat of Bethnal Green and Bow, and ended that year by joining the Conservative Party, in which she has rapidly become a well-connected activist. Around the country, local factions of various Asian and other origins routinely defect from Labour or other things to the Conservatives on frankly communal grounds, and are always welcomed with open arms.

David Cameron’s vehicles toured Ealing Southall blasting out in Asian languages that Hindu, Muslim and Sikh festivals would be made public holidays under his party. His “Quality of Life Commission” (don’t laugh, it’s real) then proposed giving the power to decide these things to “local community leaders”. What else will those figures be given the power to decide in return for filling in every postal voting form in their households in the Bullingdon Boys’ interest, and making sure that all their mates did likewise? To the statelets thus created – little Caliphates, little Hindutvas, little Khalistans, and so on – people minded to live in such places will flock from the ends of the earth, entrenching the situation forever.

With some fanfare, the Conservative Party recently welcomed John Marek, who was fiercely anti-monarchist and anti-hunting while Labour MP for Wrexham, and who went on to become the founder and only ever Leader of Forward Wales, a Welsh separatist, Welsh-speaking supremacist, economically Hard Left, unyieldingly Politically Correct, Tommy Sheridan-endorsed, RMT-funded party which was only dissolved in January 2010, and which continues to be named as Marek’s party, despite his having become an enthusiastic Conservative, on the list of former MPs who continue to hold House of Commons passes.

Will David Cameron also recruit, if he has not already done so, Marek’s fellow founder-members of Forward Wales: Ron Davies, one of the very few former Cabinet Ministers without a seat in either House, and a noted campaigner both against shooting and for the abolition of the monarchy; Graeme Beard, a former Plaid Cymru councillor in Caerphilly; and Klaus Armstrong-Braun, who in his time on Flintshire County Council was the only Green Party member ever elected at county level in Wales?

Cameron has already signed up Mohammad Asghar, a Member of the Welsh Assembly who has moved seamlessly from Plaid Cymru. Rehman Chishti, now a rising star as MP for Gillingham and Rainham, was Francis Maude’s Labour opponent in 2005 while working for Benazir Bhutto, whom he assisted from 1991 until her assassination in 2007 in her leadership of a party the motto of which includes both “Islam is our Faith” and “Socialism is our Economy”; he was still doing that job when he defected to the Conservative Party in 2006 and became an aide to Maude as its Chairman. And so on, and on, and on.

They obviously find the 1980s Radical Right’s company as congenial as they find each other’s, with David Cameron and 80 per cent of his party’s MPs as members of Conservative Friends of Israel, which is not even a front for the thoroughly racist Israeli Government, since that would require some degree of secrecy, or at least of discretion, about the treasonable nature of the relationship. Liam Fox has had to resign as Secretary of State for, of all things, Defence because the Israeli Far Right and its nominally American fellow-travellers had, treasonably, been running a parallel foreign policy out of his office and through its subsidiary fake charity, now deregistered. Blue is the new Red-Brown.

31 March 2012 at 17:27  
Blogger len said...

Once you have sold your soul what do you get?.

George Galloway?.

1 April 2012 at 08:24  
Blogger The Way of Dodo the Gay Butterfly said...

Are you being judgemental len? Tut, tut.

2 April 2012 at 02:38  
Blogger len said...

Dodo you finally 'came out'then?.

Actually Christians are called to judge!.

That is why we have the scriptures.

2 April 2012 at 08:21  
Blogger The Way of Dodo the Dude said...

Every once in a while I have a gay time! You should try.

Remember, judgement must be preceded by wisdom. Never mind.

2 April 2012 at 23:21  

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