Monday, January 17, 2011

George Galloway says Holyrood needs political heavyweights, will the public want to see the ‘Gunfight at the O.K. Corral’, new gunslinger rides in

Dear All

Say what you like but George Galloway is a political heavyweight, when he speaks people stop and cock an ear.

He knows how to play a crowd, a talent that so few of our current bunch of MSPs possess.

When he went before a Senate Committee he ripped them apart on Capitol Hill, the

When Galloway said:

"Senator, I am not now, nor have I ever been, an oil trader. and neither has anyone on my behalf. I have never seen a barrel of oil, owned one, bought one, sold one - and neither has anyone on my behalf”.

It was to be the stuff of legend, where Scottish politicians feared to tread; George Galloway walked into the lion’s den, grabbed it by the tail and booted its arse hard.

If you want to read the transcript of how to fight your corner in politics then click on the link.

As well as being a great and scathing orator, he is the type of firebrand politician that Holyrood currently lacks.

George Galloway does not disappoint even if you don’t agree with him.

He took a major hit when he did the disastrous Big Brother cat scene but then who is politically perfect.

The former MP and reality TV star has poured scorn on Holyrood’s politicians and party leaders by branding MSPs ‘stumblebums.

But the truth is he has a point in his assessment of some of them, they are act like clerks, not speaking unless it is pre-arranged by their parties.

The rest of the time, they just sit there like the cannon fodder they are, who knows what they stand for personally.

With George Galloway standing for the Glasgow regional list for the Scottish Parliament in May’s elections, they people of Glasgow know they are getting a proven product.

He does what he says on the tin, speaks out and as everyone knows Holyrood lacks “heavyweight” politicians.

There are a few but a few out of 129 is a disgrace, most don’t represent the people but only represent their party.

If elected Galloway pledges to put his “heart and soul” into representing Glasgow!

At present no manifesto has been to be published, so we don’t know what the specficis are on what he would argue for.

There is a general outline of more powers for Holyrood, fight Westminster cuts with his “bare teeth”, support a referendum on independence.

Standard stuff and expected, he wants to appeal across the political divide.

Galloway says he was not seeking to become an MSP because he needed the wages but because he had “something to offer politically to Glasgow and the Parliament”.

He said:

“I strongly believe in home rule. I believe in a strong Scottish Parliament and I believe in a strong Scottish Parliament with heavyweight parliamentarians in it. It’s my contention – you make think it rude, but I think it’s accurate – that today’s Scottish Parliament has too few real parliamentarians in it, heavyweight parliamentarians who would be recognised outside their own street, whose voice would be recognised. It’s my view that too many in Holyrood would regard the term nonentity as an accolade and I think that’s bad for the Scottish parliament, it’s bad for politics in Scotland”.

Exactly what I have been saying for some time in Glasgow, the mainstream political parties have steadfastly kept spokespersons down to a very small clique of politicians.

Most list MSPs in Glasgow are unknown by the public and those who stand as candidates are equally anonymous to voters in the areas they stand in.

That is why the Labour Party keeps getting returned because there isn’t brand recognition of the candidate in our parties.

It is pretty much a situation on Poll day of:

‘who the f*ck are you?’

4 or 5 years work pissed up against the wall because candidates don’t know how to market themselves properly.

Galloway added:

“It would be a good thing if someone with some kind of profile in the world is in the Scottish Parliament. I don’t want to sound conceited about it but I think I will bring a touch of class to the Scottish Parliament in the sense of a wider perspective, a wider experience and an ability to argue and paint a picture of what could be, which most people in the Scottish Parliament cannot.”

And sadly Galloway is telling the truth but will the voters in Glasgow put an X against his name to add much needed colour?

Time will tell.

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University

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