George Galloway, also known as Gorgeous George, has shocked Britain again! But this time he has served the Labor Party with a blow they will not soon forget! He has not only landed himself back in Parliament but also put his former party, Labor in critical dilemma. He won 18,341 votes to the 8,201 for Labor candidate Imran Hussain. A huge victory for his party – respect indeed. Not even his post victory gaffe on Twitter has taken away the pomp of a show well put!
His tweet, “Shattered but happy after the Blackburn triumph,” let out a torrent of backlash as people took him on for mixing his constituencies. His twitter page was pelted with comments from, “All look the same, eh?” and “Well done people of Bradford West for electing someone who thinks he was standing in Blackburn! that'll endear the locals” to “For fuck's sake, people, I can't stand George Galloway either,” but do we need a Twitter meltdown over the fact he made a typing error?
Be as it may, he still stands victorious over the Labor party and no one can deny the fact that he managed to win the Bradford West seat that the party had held for nearly four decades. Keeping in mind, Galloway’s love for all things controversial, one wonders what is in store for the coming term. His ardent and vocal stance against the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, his blatant disregard to UK and US policies against and his lack of fear for his reputation has made him a center of a lot of speculation.
He has however managed to win a lot of support, not unexpectedly, from those who normally have no interest in local politics or even elections. The by-elections this time saw a lot of first time voters who had come out to vote just for Galloway.
Some even termed it a band wagon victory and went as far as saying that Galloway is using the Muslim sentiments to win votes. Galloway of course, vehemently denies these claims as absurd and insulting not only to him but his voters as well. But he did write a letter to his Muslim supporters asking them to vote for him because he had never drank alcohol and believed in their causes and fought for Muslims at home and abroad.
Probably that is why he has won tremendous support of young Asians and Muslims. They may not have a clear understanding of politics but Galloway clearly voice their sentiments when he speaks in support of Iraq, Afghanistan and Palestine. Of course, the current government’s failures, especially in terms of handling of the budget and fuel crisis have also done its bit in denting their popularity and giving Galloway the support he needed to win.
What turn things will take from here, remains to be seen, but one thing is sure, for those who are shocked by Galloway’s trade mark disdain and vehement support of all that the West opposes, will not dwindle. Be it telling the late Saddam Hussein: 'Sir, I salute your courage, your strength, your indefatigability,' to shocking audiences by pretending to be a cat and being nuzzled by and fed from the hands of Rula Lenska on Big Brother. Now here is a man who does not give two hoots about appearances and what people may think. Such a man can be a dangerous opponent for sure.