35 thoughts on “George Galloway at Grassroots Out Meeting”

  1. While there is much about George Galloway that is distasteful, I will always respect him for the way he gave it to the Americans at that Congressional hearing in 2007. He wiped the floor with those corrupt, arrogant hypocrites.There are lots of clips of varying lenghths on YouTube. Whatever else one may think of him, he is extremely eloquent and in this instance, as with the Iraq War, he is right, or perhaps I should say correct.

  2. Hi jazz.

    For the avoidance of doubt, I despise George Galloway for so many reasons.

    None of which matter at the moment. We live in interesting times and I have to admit that he is a powerful orator.

    On balance, I’m probably still a ‘Remain’ voter but Gorgeous George has given me pause for thought with this speech.

    As has Michael Gove with his decision to opt out and with his statement thereanent . In every Conservative Home survey for the last year, I have cast my vote for him as my preferred next Leader for my party. All of that time, he has been rubbing along the bottom and failing to register any significant percentage.

    I rather think that will change now and I also think that BoJo will implode. Whichever way BJ now decides to lurch, I believe that he has lurked in his tent, Achilles-like, for far too long and that he has blown it.

    I still think that ‘Remain’ will win on June 23rd but I can’t deny that the game is afoot and that I could, as often before, be wrong.

  3. JM, I don’t despise Galloway although disagreeing with much of what he stands for. He’s a formidable operator and I’d rather have him onside than not.
    The ‘Leave/Remain’ referendum campaign is going to be vicious and we (the leavers) need as many street fighters as we can get.

    Re. Boris I agree, he’s sat on the fence for so long that whichever side he comes down on it will look like an act of political self interest………..not that we should be surprised at that.

  4. Hi Janus

    In re selfless motives and trying to do his best for our country?

    That’ll be M Gove Esq., in my opinion.

    Whether or not I vote the other way from him when the knell of parting day gets tolled on 23rd June, nothing will shake my belief that he is one of the good guys..

  5. Having just read a report of how the EU has such a strangle-hold on UK legislation, money and policy and another report on how pollies have told half-truths and downright lies ever since we were conned into ‘staying’ in the Common Market – I’d vote (if I could) for out, and sue the EU for restitution of all the money that’s been poured into propping up the mob in Brussels.

    And if that were not enough reason to vote out, I’d look at Cameron’s bed-fellows in his attempts to terrorise the British electorate into staying in the EU – and decide that not one thing any one of them says could be trusted.

  6. JM: I’m more sympathetic to Johnson. He doesn’t want to turn his back on Europe but the EU is causing far too much damage to the UK. Cameron did the best he could in the negotiations. He had to scale back his demands to have any chance for there to be any positive result, but even the most modest demands could barely be realised. Whatever the outcome of the vote, there will be serious consequences for all involved.

    Boadicea: BoJo’s agonising is something that seems to mirror British opinion. The UK is of Europe, but the EU has hijacked all that is Europe. The UK gains precious little out of its membership but pays a very high cost. I’m a dyed-in-the-wool opponent of the EU and have always been such, but it seems as if many more moderate people are now very grudgingly coming to the same conclusion.

  7. Christopher: I think you are right, although both Bearsy and I are of the opinion that Mrs BoJo, who expressed her anti-opinion earlier last week, may have had a hand in persuading him to go for out!

    What I find so very sad is what I see as the defeatist attitude of so many stay-in pollies. Can’t remember which one said it was with a heavy heart that he backed the in-vote. None of them seem to think that Britain can stand alone – despite many positive reports on the strength of Britain’s economy.

    Like you, I have always been opposed to the cost Britain has to pay to give up any semblance of self-government.

    I sincerely hope that the OUT-campaigners will emphasise that even to modest concessions Cameron has wrung out of the lengthy negotiations can be overturned… I’m sure they will – they seem a pretty bright bunch!

    We spend fortunes on trying to tell people they should not stay in an abusive relationship – and yet, here is the PM of Britain, telling Britain that it is safer to stay in a relationship which is treating Britain like a milch-cow, and removing any semblance of independence.

    So far, I’ve yet to hear one positive argument from Cameron – just a whole heap of doom and gloom. It makes me wonder what idiotic clauses Britain signed up to pay in the event it should wish to leave. I have the feeling that a great deal more will emerge on the ‘hidden’ clauses that earlier pollies signed up to.

  8. Timeo turcorum et dona ferentes.

    Johnson is not to be trusted. He has shilly shallied far too long. His goal is to win the Out vote followed by the party leadership, at which point he will renegotiate better terms with Brussels then call a second referendum which he will ensure keeps the UK in the EU.

    In any event, to heap praise on Cameron for enabling the referendum without acknowledging the overwhelming contribution of Farage and UKIP, was disingenuous and shows him to be lacking integrity and moral fibre. Johnson has very few scruples.

  9. The main thing is that Boris has declared himself for OUT and he won’t be able to walk back from that. He would have been a real nuisance if he’d declared for the in camp. As Sipu says Boris has sat on the fence for too long.

    Cameron’s negotiation was a dishonest PR exercise designed to wring just enough (apparent) concessions from the EU to persuade the undecideds to vote for staying in. Fortunately it seems to have backfired.

  10. Boadicea, I like your abusive relationship analogy. If the OUT vote wins, I hope we stop sending the cheques at once. That should speed up the leaving process and there’s not much the europrats can do to collect any fines slapped on us.

    Janus, I think I’d prefer Michael Gove, originally from Aberdeen.

  11. Fit like, Janus?

    I am shocked by your suggestion that the basis of my support for Michael Gove is that he’s loon.

    I have a much more principled reason for being a Goveanist. That principle is, of course, the fact that he was born in Embra.

  12. Yes Wee Eck challenged Boris to a debate on LBC, he probably thinks his Scots Man of the People persona will play well against Boris’s Etonian Toff.

  13. I also think Camoron is a bloody fool attacking Boris quite so vitriolically in public.
    I must say that I think the Cameron onslaught against Brexit generally smack of desperation and one wonders what he has been promised?

  14. CO: I hope Cameron keeps it up. There’s no better way of supporting Brexit than his making an absolute dog breakfast of the “in” campaign. The “out” campaign has its problems, a lack of unity not least among them, but the shrill, vapid arguments of the “in” campaign are far more damaging. I read today that 53pc of Dutch voters want a referendum and as many Dutch want to leave as stay — remarkable for one of the founding six countries and a society which prefers compromise and consensus above all else. Then again, the Dutch have always been smarter than their southern neighbours…

  15. CO and Janus: it is 43pc and 43pc.Mark Rutte has largely been a competent prime minister, but the Dutch are thoroughly sick of the situation. Their quality of life is suffering because of the EU as well. The time they were asked to vote on anything concerning the EU they rejected it by over 60pc only to have it rammed down their throats, anyway. They have an open, trade-based economy which competes with the UK for agility. Viking-type chum is thoroughly sick of the EU, as are most Danes and Swedes. They don’t have as strong an independence movement as the UK but by most accounts “More Europe” is as popular a concept as “More Chlamydia”.

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