Ed Milliband, leader of Labour, recently met with George Galloway, leader, and sole MP, of Respect. A primitive fringe party.
Presumably the mood was tense.
Milliband has been strong in his insistence that the meeting was a mere distasteful parliamentary necessity. An unpleasant fact of Tory intransigence in the legislature.
He’s to be commended for that. But he still shouldn’t have met with the man. George Galloway is not to be trusted.
My personal favorite Galloway moment, and perhaps the most revealing one he’s ever had, came a few months ago, in Oxford.
Somebody managed to convince him to come up for a debate. Nobody told him his opponent would be an Israeli. Or at least I presume.
He’d rather storm out, and be seen to storm out, like a child, than have any kind of conversation or change any minds that don’t think like his does. He’s not interested in conversation. He’s interested in winning. And ultimately, he’s interested in killing. You can kind of see it in his eyes.
His views, if I’m perfectly blunt, feel somehow dirty. Tainted and warped by hate. Treacherous, ultimately.
In fact, if we’re literal in our definition of treason, he comes remarkably close to committing it here. Treason is ultimately against the crown.
I merely note that this is drawn straight from Press TV. The Iranian government’s English language mouthpiece.
If you’re American, and you’ve never heard of him, think Alex Jones. If Alex Jones had an evil doppelganger.
Did you click that link? Watch it. Feel the tension oozing from the chamber of the House of Commons to your screen. That room hated him. Probably almost to the last man or woman.
Though he affects to be at the head of a political movement, it remains rather obvious that his party, Respect is a personality cult.
I felt dirty just going on their website.
Of course, Galloway has expressed a sincere, if not entirely well motivated desire to return to the Labour party. Doubtless he realizes it would be quicker and simpler merely to hijack the apparatus of the existing state in a major party than to convince everyone to vote for his new and odd looking movement. He can do much more damage from within the Labour party than he can from without it.
So ultimately, what are we to make of Ed Milliband’s meeting with such a man?
It becomes a question of motive. If it was, in fact, a dirty necessity, it nonetheless elevated Galloway in the eyes of his constituents and put Milliband completely off message even in friendly news sources. That suggests a forgivable lack of political guile.
If there was any other motive to the meeting, I feel like we deserve to know more about it.
George Galloway is a threat. Not an imminent one. Thankfully most people see him for what he is at the moment. But desperate times tend to make people correspondingly desperate. And what seemed lunatic and unthinkable six months ago is now openly discussed in today’s mainstream media. Things are moving fast these days.
The Labour party shouldn’t be dignifying him with the title of MP, let alone the respect of being a party leader.
Treason will always out in the end.