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MP To Spend More Time With His Catsuit And Radioshow

By Craigie_B Last edited 116 months ago
MP To Spend More Time With His Catsuit And Radioshow
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A classic piece of political theatre was played out yesterday in the Commons when George Galloway, the raging MP for Bethnal Green & Bow, was suspended for some decidly murky funding links to Saddam Hussein's regime in Iraq.

In the debate leading up to the decision, 'Gorgeous George' made his case in his ususal fiery style - citing everything from short-sword fighting to Julius Caesar's legions in his defence (defiance?). While everyone already knew the likely outcome of the debate, he clashed so much with the Commons Speaker that he was removed ("named") and the debate had to continue in his absence. The Commons agreed that he should be suspended for 18 days. This is quite a sharp slap across the wrists - and was agreed without a vote, and so was therefore effectively unanimous.

Speaking of absence, Galloway's attendance in Commons votes since his election in 2005 stands at a miserable 12.6%. This is easily the worst in London, and only the second worst across the rest of the country. So we at Londonist wonder whether any of his constituents will actually notice any impact of this suspension? We are perturbed by an enduring mental image of him presenting his thrice-weekly talkSPORT radio show in that slimpy red catsuit with the plunging neckline. The show is worth a listen - even if the guy might not excel at (or even do) the hum-drum representational work of an MP, he does do some great radio - and also, it seems, theatre.

Pointing image taken from davidChief's Flickrstream

Last Updated 24 July 2007

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I didn't live in Bethnal Green when Galloway was elected. I do now and you can sure I'll be using my vote wisely when election time comes around...

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George may be a nutter (or not), but it's a bit rich for House Of Commons to censure a mere mortal MP for bringing the house into disrepute, having spent four years and a fortune investigating him. Here's a little list of other things that may just have brought the House into disrepute:

Buying flats with convicted criminals; getting nice hats, bed and board from casino owners; possibly selling honours or intimating they may be sold; possibly badgering a bloke who has been proven to be telling the truth to death; burying police investigations allegedly; allowing dodgy advertising of a speaking tour; inappropriate use of some ropey report about alleged weapons of mass destruction; the culture of leaking versus properly informing the House. I'm sure you could go on.

The Charity Commissioners and the Commissioner for Standards both acknowledged that none of the money was wrongly spent - i.e George didn't benefit. The HofC have censured Galloway because he received funds from someone whose source of funds was dodgy - a charge that could be leveled at many of the honourable members, the British Government, street collectors, the Inland Revenue, anyone who worked for Enron, etc, etc.