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It is Time for George Versus the Dragon

David Lindsay

At least once every week, the Member of Parliament for Birmingham Yardley, Jess Phillips, says something that would end the career of a Conservative, or of a Corbyn supporter, or of a man, or of anyone who was not Jess Phillips.

Phillips supports the present Israeli Government. She has accused British Pakistanis of importing wives for their disabled sons. Her position on abortion, whatever one may think of that issue, is effectively a call for the full legal integration of Northern Ireland into Great Britain. She is rude and abusive towards Britain’s most prominent black politician, Diane Abbott. Or at least she claims to be; it is possible that she has built her reputation on lying about having used gutter language towards a woman who was old enough to be her mother.

Phillips laughs at male suicides, at male cancers, at other men’s health issues, at violence against men, at problems in boys’ educational attainment, and at fathers denied access to their children. She has expressed the desire to stab Jeremy Corbyn. And she has said on Question Time that attacks of the kind seen in Cologne, “happen every week in Birmingham.”

Phillips is a beneficiary of the all-women shortlist system that has done more than anything else to turn the Parliamentary Labour Party from 50 per cent Broad Left 25 years ago to 85 per cent Hard Right today. Corbyn’s very highly politicised following is largely young and male because it is motivated by rage against the effects of deindustrialisation and against the harvesting of young men in endless, pointless wars.

But the economic changes of the last 40 years have turned into the ruling class the public sector middle-class women who dominate the PLP, while the wars of the last 20 years have barely affected them, having largely been waged for explicitly feminist reasons, albeit to no good effect for the women of Afghanistan, and to catastrophic effect for the women of Iraq and Libya. To Phillips and her ilk, who are Thatcher’s Daughters, the anger of the young men who are accruing to Corbyn is incomprehensible. As is those young men’s closely connected discovery for themselves of the various schools of heterodox economics, and of the traditional Great Books that, for ostensibly if questionably feminist reasons, have been excluded from school and university curricula.

As she herself would doubtless agree, Phillips could not contrast more starkly with George Galloway. Galloway’s is one of the two or three most important pro-Palestinian voices in the West, while he fully acknowledges that some people are now fourth generation Israeli, so that there is no point in telling anyone to “go home” when they are already at home. He holds Pakistan’s highest awards, the Hilal-i-Qaid-i-Azzam and the Hilali-i-Pakistan, for his work for Pakistan and Kashmir. He is half-Irish, with a profound and lifelong interest in Irish affairs.

He has been campaigning across the full range of health, workers’ rights, educational, and other social justice issues since 1967, 14 years before Phillips was born. He tabled the only ever parliamentary motion in support of fathers’ access to their children and against the secrecy of the family courts. He is a lifelong opponent of racism, and a longstanding friend of Diane Abbott’s. He has never expressed the desire to stab anyone, and he has never insulted the City of Birmingham.

Consider the recent attack on a Syrian boy in Huddersfield. That that footage went viral, such that someone has now been charged, was initially thanks to a tweet by Galloway. Yet the Today programme accused him of “politicising” the incident. Had it not been for him, then the BBC would never have known about it. This is typical of how he has long been treated. Oona King was given a peerage for no reason except that she had lost her seat to Galloway.

Just as I was the only person with anything like the status of a commentator to predict a hung Parliament in 2017, so I was the only such person to predict that Galloway would win the by-election at Bradford West at 2012. According to everyone else, if they mentioned him at all, then he would lose his deposit. But in fact he topped the poll in every ward, including those which were more than 90 per cent white.

On his return to the Commons, the then Prime Minister, David Cameron, called him by his name on the floor of the House, instead of recognising him as an Honourable Member. In 2015, UKIP and the Green Party, each of which had one MP, were permitted to participate in the General Election debates, but Respect, which also had one MP, was not. Guess who Respect’s one MP was.

In 2016, what can now be seen to have been his highly prescient campaign for Mayor of London was subjected to a media blackout comparable to that of the No2EU lists at successive European Elections. Most shockingly of all, the serious attempt on his life in 2014 is little known to the public, and much mocked within the elite.

George Galloway MP would provide a focal point for those who were broadly supportive of Corbyn but nevertheless critical of him. Corbyn’s housing and transport policies go nowhere near far enough. He supports the Government’s indulgence of the ludicrous theory of gender self-identification. He sides with neoliberal capitalism on the issues of drugs and prostitution. He has hinted at support for the Customs Union, which, in a crowded field, has a reasonable claim to be the worst of all the many bad things about the EU. He has accepted some of the Government’s baseless and collapsed claims about Salisbury, Amesbury, and Douma.

He has acted against the social and ethnic cleansing of Labour Haringey, but not to secure justice for the 472 Teaching Assistants in Labour Durham. He met the Board of Deputies of British Jews and the “Jewish Leadership Council” without having waited for the local election results in London to establish whether or not they spoke for anyone very much at all.

He has failed to prevent the Labour Party from suspending or expelling distinguished Jewish activists for purported anti-Semitism. He has failed to prevent the importation of the New York practice of branding as anti-Semitic any uppity black activist who challenged the Liberal Establishment. Unlike Corbyn, Galloway understands the need to control immigration in order to protect jobs, workers’ rights, and public services. Unlike at least this Corbyn, Galloway is critical of much of the anti-industrial policy response to climate change.

Only Roy Jenkins has ever been an MP for all three of Britain’s largest cities of London, Birmingham and Glasgow. Much of his Stechford constituency is now in Yardley. But Jenkins did eventually lose his seat of Glasgow Hillhead to Galloway, who has now been both a London MP and a Glasgow MP, as well as a Bradford one. With its close ties to Ireland, to the Islamic world in general, and to Pakistan in particular, Birmingham is a city made for Galloway.

His triumph at Bradford West was the greatest ever victory, in the world, over the baradari system by which caste, thoroughly un-Islamic though it is, has been kept going for many centuries in Pakistan and among Indian Muslims. That perpetuation lies at the root of the case of Asia Bibi, while the present British Government has relegalised the caste discrimination that the last Labour Government, for all its many faults, had outlawed. Add to all of this the fact that the West Midlands recorded the highest vote of any English region to Leave the EU.

Jess Phillips has got to go, and George Galloway needs to be the next MP for Birmingham Yardley. It is time for George versus the Dragon. We all know who won that one.

David Lindsay is a freelance journalist and an Independent political activist based in Lanchester, County Durham.

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David Lindsay
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One week on, and no denial. He is pretty obviously going to do this. He has certainly not ruled it out.

Simon Hodges
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I think people need to be aware that Corbyn is heavily compromised by the neoliberal EU progressives in the party. He has been subject to extreme pressure from progressives and I think his survival as leader having been demonized by the MSM and the progressives in his own party is quite remarkable. We don’t really know what Corbyn thinks, only what he thinks he can say within the highly precarious position he finds himself in. Corbyn should never have agreed to the last election and should have waited for the labour grass roots members to deselect all the Neoliberal progressives… Read more »

Badger Down
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Badger Down

“some people are now fourth generation Israeli, so that there is no point in telling anyone to “go home””
Total illogic there. Why not agree with the “israelis” that it is OK to cleanse a land of the people living there? Just steal it. And where will they go, these “israelis”? To wherever they came from: New Jersey, Poland, Germany, …

David Lindsay
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Israel was created in the same year as the Empire Windrush docked at Tilbury. “Go home”? Think on.

David Lindsay
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On The World at One, Jess Phillips suggested that she might vote with the Government on Brexit if an approach were to be made. Rory Stewart then confirmed that it would be. By now, it probably has been. George Galloway, you know what you have to do.

David Lindsay
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“In 2016, what can now be seen to have been his highly prescient campaign for Mayor of London was subjected to a media blackout comparable to that of the No2EU lists at successive European Elections,” I wrote. But there was one exception: https://lanchesterreview.blogspot.com/2016/02/a-london-for-all-by-nick-richardson.html. On a site edited by me, as it goes.

Molloy
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Molloy

. The Galloway Ability To Upset Fasshhitts (One Act) ⒸMark and Molloy (___someone, on a learning curve, voice from stage left) “. . . . .roll on the demise of the neocon project.” . (___a sensible human being, ideally centre stage, no music) . . . .”Who else is going to bring about this demise? The Red Tory Bliarite Backstabbers? The MSM? You? I think GG/ Assange/ Snowden/ Craig Murray / genuine alternate media/ Max Blumenthal/ Patrick Henningsey/ Off Guardian/ thousands of others like them may achieve something. If they don’t, at least they’ve tried. And they do seem to… Read more »

DunGroanin
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DunGroanin

Gorgeous George is a pantomime character, like Fartage and like the newly molded Gollum Stephen Hardly-Lennon…plenty of mouth, no trousers.

I am certain there would be any number of local people in each constituency, who could be viable candidates to replace the Jess – she can join George and Nigel in their gobshittery on the airwaves, make a perfect fit!

Santa has promised me a general election for xmas!

Jim Scott
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Jim Scott

Whatever people think of George he does not throw around misinformation as he does prepare for his debates by properly learning and understanding the subjects he deals with. Another thing that stands out is that he does not pander to the well heeled or for the corporate lobbyists who grease the palm of politicians, instead he fights for the rights of the downtrodden. That he does so vociferously does not concern me and I see it as being a positive quality.

Molloy
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Molloy

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DG, my friend —

“pantomime character” (s) in no way. . . have the ability to disembowel a corrupt DS U$ Congress.

Better a character than a Red fas$shist instrument of the 0.1% methinks.

Sláinte

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DunGroanin
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DunGroanin

Molloy last i looked he left the congress with its entrails in situ – what exactly did he change or achieve there? Anything longterm? Anything?
Cheers – roll on the demise of the neocon project

mark
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mark

Who else is going to bring about this demise? The Red Tory Blairite Backstabbers? The MSM? You?

I think GG/ Assange/ Snowden/ genuine alternate media/ Max Blumenthal/ Patrick Henningsey/ Off Guardian/ thousands of others like them may achieve something. If they don’t, at least they’ve tried. And they do seem to have the powers that be seriously rattled enough to take off the mask and go into overdrive with their propaganda campaigns and censorship.

Molloy
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Molloy

. DG — All the best to you. (video still working okay 5 minutes ago) (speaking to U$ Congress, reps for the DS. . . . ) “Senator, this is the mother of all smokescreens. You are trying to divert attention from the crimes that you supported from the theft of billions of dollars of Iraq’s wealth. Have a look at the real oil for food scandal. Have a look at the first 14 months you were in charge of Baghdad, the first 14 months when 8.8 billion dollars of Iraq’s wealth went missing on your watch. Have a look… Read more »

Yarkob
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Yarkob

Jess Philips is a bigoted, uninformed and very divisive idiot. And just as a sop to those who would call me sexist for speaking truths about a woman, she’d still be an idiot if she were a man.

Molloy
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Molloy

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Yark — Totally Agreed. x a Trillion.

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Nicki
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Nicki
David Lindsay
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Yarkob
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Yarkob

I’m sorry, I fail to see how the attached news report makes Mr. Lindsay a sexist. He may very well be, but that report is about something entirely unconnected with sexism.

David Lindsay
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John2o2o
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John2o2o

A fantastic idea David.

Frankly Speaking
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Frankly Speaking

Galloway was shockingly turfed out of the Labour Party.

He is the natural successor to deceased party leader John Smith but was usurped by Tory B.liar.

He owned the US Congress. He is champion of the non-aligned world. The UK could, with Galloway as Prime Minister, be the independent non-aligned centre of the world.

Instead we are the obedient poodles of the Neoconservatives and their unipolar worldview. How sad.

Makropulos
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Makropulos

Jess Phillips is another trying to gain credibilty as a wacky relevant “character” on Have I Got News For You. The above article is fine but I must query this bit:

“And she has said on Question Time that attacks of the kind seen in Cologne, “happen every week in Birmingham.””

Should the word “seen” not be in scare quotes?

bingly bell
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bingly bell
lundiel
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“Corbyn’s very highly politicised following is largely young and male because it is motivated by rage against the effects of deindustrialisation and against the harvesting of young men in endless, pointless wars.” I disagree. The whole “Youthquake” movement credited with boosting Corbyn in the 2017 election has been debunked, it was an imaginary construct of frightened Tories and Liberals who were scared that the “Oh Jeremy Corbyn” chant was becoming too real. Young people haven’t changed and they don’t vote. Corbyn was/is(?) undoubtedly popular with them but they didn’t go out and vote for him in the 2017 election, and… Read more »

Paula C Williams
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Paula C Williams

You’ve got it right about George Galloway,he should be in parliament.He is brilliant. Right about Jess Philips. She is a disfunctional mindless egomaniac. But wrong about Jeremy Corbyn. He has made statements about all the issues,anti-semitism and so on, that the right have tried to defeat him with. He does not get mixed up in unwinnable fights against the dragon of neo-liberalism.This is intelligent strategy. It is Corbyn who will defeat the dragon.

Ken Kenn
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Ken Kenn

Ah….the Babes of the Blair’s Babes. It’s unfair to put the reasons for female Blairites acting as they do down to Women only selections stifling the men’s conversations about manly issues. Mrs May is a woman and I’m not against her because she is a woman – I’m against her because I am against her politics and policies. Ditto with the likes of Jess Philips. As we have witnessed over the years with the attacks on Corbyn, the Blairites ( male and female ) had become used to their cosy world of percentages of austerity and siding with the US… Read more »

harry stotle
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harry stotle

Blair was the price Labour paid to overcome 3 terms of Thatcherism although in ’97 it was less evident Tony would turn out to be the money-grabbing, war loving neoliberal he has proved to be. Over the last few years the struggle for the soul of party has been fough along the Blair/Corbyn axis. In other words supporters have been asking themselves: do they want a Labour party deeply enmeshed with the neocons (with all of the economic and international carnage this inevitably brings) or one that promises a return to core values, and dare I say it, a form… Read more »

Molloy
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Molloy

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Agreed x 5 million times.

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Molloy
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Molloy

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Jezza for PM now.

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Molloy
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Molloy

. (Stewart Lee tribute gig; using Acocks Green accent). . . . . . . . .I like Je$$ Phillips – a lot – probably far too much if I’m really honest – and I accept and apologise for being overcome by a lack of political correctness. I am too fond of Je$$ Phillips for civilised society to cope with. However, Owing (accent plus innocence) to Labour Party quotas I’m not officially allowed to comment on anyone who fails to support the bombing of children in Yemen and in Libya; and Iraq. Also because of Labour Party protocols for dubious… Read more »

mark
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mark

It would be great if GG could get back into Parliament. He could have made a major contribution there to issues like Skripal, recent Syrian Gas Hoaxes, Yemen, the Anti Semitic Smears, Russiagate and Brexit, which largely went by default in his absence. They broke the mould when they made GG. We are lucky to have a small number of exceptional, principled individuals like him who cannot be intimidated or bought off, Assange, Snowden, Eva Bartlett, Vanessa Beeley, Chris Hedges and a few others. They are worth their weight in gold. The Establishment tried to smear GG with forged documents… Read more »

Maggie
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Maggie

@ Mark, I don’t know if you watched Question time when he faced a hand picked, completely Hostile Jewish audience. The hatred against him was palpable and embarrassing. It was clear as day just what the Palestinians are up against. Here’s WHY George will never be heard in mainstream, or be given a fair hearing. >>> If only Britons knew… This article about the British charitable organisation, the Campaign against Anti-Semitism (CAA), and its officers, Gideon Falter and Steve Silverman, examines events in England but ought to serve as a cautionary message for Canadians, Americans et al.. This article will… Read more »

mark
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mark

In France, youngsters have been prosecuted for wearing BDS T shirts. In the US, Zionist organisations are currently trying to sneak through Congress legislation hidden in other Bills making support for BDS illegal and punishable with 20 years’ imprisonment and/ or $250,000 fine. Ordinary Americans seeking welfare payments after being made homeless in recent hurricanes, were required to sign undertakings not to support any BDS action to obtain any assistance. A lot of the figures produced showing “horrifying epidemics of anti Semitism” are highly dubious. In the case of the US, it includes 163 bomb threats to synagogues/ Jewish centres… Read more »

mohandeer
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Dear Maggie. I reblogged this article and also your comment(at the bottom and in blue italic) but without divulging your name. I did, however, suggest anyone who enjoyed your comment as I did refer to the article link repeated under your words.
If you have a blog, any chance you might reveal it?
Very best, Susan O’Neill:)

Maggie
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Maggie

Thank you Susan, it is really good to have positive feedback. I think it is so important to share the ‘information’ far and world wide, because we all KNOW that something isn’t right, but could never actually put a finger on when and how it all went wrong, even though I have been studying History and Geo Politics for hundreds of years. :-)) Then I discovered this article and EVERYTHING FELL INTO PLACE.. I will no longer stand back and let good men and women be vilified unjustly. It is a case of ”if the cap fits wear it” and… Read more »

Molloy
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Molloy

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Maggie, great stuff.

Have we had words before about prolixity?!

If youse ever near Hartpury (Glos) nice PH lovely garden, do let me know.

¡No pasarán!

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kidocelot
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kidocelot

Gorgeous George…….bomaye!

BigB
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BigB

Kill him? As in “Ali, bomaye!” chanted before the Rumble in the Jungle?

Molloy
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Molloy

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A big welcome too to songwriter, unwittingly, for the BNP, Florenc$e Welc$h.

You’re not really a supporter of George, are you?

The British Empire paid bully boys were renowned for, using bottles, anally raping men and woman with bottles in Kenya. Early 1960’s, look it up if you will.

Great lyrics, Florence. Not.

And shame on you for simultaneously insulting BAME people.

The UK public await your justification and denial.

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harry stotle
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harry stotle

Find me a single clip of George Galloway discussing political issues that does not emenate fairness, decency and a pugnacious intelligence, and I’ll bet his detractors have to search long hard to find it. Quite simply he remains is a beacon of light, and perhaps a symbol of what our politicians could be like if they actually gave a moments thought to those outside the Westminster bubble, financial world or special interest groups. I can’t add to anything further to David Lindsay’s withering assessment of the abysmal Jess Phillips except to say I doubt if she could evicerate neoliberals deep… Read more »

Molloy
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Molloy

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David — Excellent piece. Agreed x million.

No room in Birmingham for any relative of Herman Flash Goerring (will spell check that laters!).

What an insult to women Jess is! So sad.

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Molloy
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Molloy

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Apologies. . . .

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hermann_Göring

. . . . currently spit roasted twice daily in Dante’s Inferno.

Good luck to Birmingham Yardley with sparking up its own related problem.

Never ever did one individual (in reality) diminish the cause of women more than Je$$. So sad.

Molloy
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Molloy

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Apologies. . . . .

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hermann_Göring

Last I heard, HG twice daily spit roasted in Dante’s Inferno. Good luck to Birmingham Yardley with Dante.

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