Wednesday, August 30, 2006

The madness of king George

Have you ever had one of those moments where something you've believed for a long time is suddenly brought home to you again, with a level of understanding so clear it makes you wince?

A friend of mine sent me an e-mail a few days ago with a link to a Google Video clip, but I've been so busy lately that I haven't had time to watch the whole thing through until this evening.

This is the clip.

To paraphrase a quote from Red Dwarf, "Hello, I am George Galloway MP, and I am quite, quite mad."

Looking at the whole thing objectively - if it's even possible to do that - the only vaguely valid point he makes is that the mainstream media has had a tendency to focus on the current conflict between Israel and Lebanon without putting it into much historical context. Fine. But then he goes on to essentially justify kidnappings carried out by what he calls a legitimate political organisation, so you be the judge.

Has it been definitely confirmed that "Gorgeous" won't be running for parliament at the next election? Because political opinions aside, his aggressive barrage of insults at the Sky journalist interviewing him must make him seem, well, pretty mentally unbalanced to the average viewer, and I can't imagine who on earth would want him representing them now.


At September 01, 2006 4:40 pm, Blogger Darren said...

I've never been a fan of Galloway, but I'm not sure why you think that clip puts him in a bad light necessarily. My impression was that he turned the journalist before she turned him over.

It was classic car crash tv.

At September 01, 2006 5:51 pm, Blogger Lady M said...

I'm not sure why you think that clip puts him in a bad light necessarily.

Are you serious? It put him in a bad light precisely because it *was* car crash TV - he appeared completely unhinged throughout. He wouldn't let the journalist finish any of her questions without shouting her down and essentially telling her she was a right-wing zealot, but then when she used the same tactic of talking over him to get her point across, he just said "Are we going to shout at each other all day?" or words to that effect. He's pathologically incapable of giving the floor to someone else without performing a character assassination on them. He didn't "turn" the journalist, he belittled her for not asking the questions he wanted her to ask. Put simply, he's a loon. What I don't understand is why Sky even bothered interviewing him (apart from the fact that it's guaranteed car-crash tv, which realistically is probably the only reason).


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