The bank account of the Viva Palestina charity founded by George Galloway has been frozen by regulators, Scrapbook can reveal. After a damning report from the Charity Commission, a spokesman confirmed:
“we opened a statutory inquiry into the charity … to examine – amongst other regulatory concerns – the trustees’ failure to meet their statutory obligations to file accounts and the charity’s general lack of financial probity, including the trustees failure to account for charitable expenditure.”
This is at least the second time that the charity has had it’s banking facilities withdrawn:
“Due to the overt risk to charitable funds, the Commission took immediate steps to freeze the charity’s bank account as a protective measure, which means that payments cannot be made without the consent of the Commission.”
While Scrapbook and charity magazine Third Sector reported on the removal of Viva Palestina from the register of charities yesterday, the Commission have clarified that the group “was actually removed from the online register due to a computer error”.
So Gorgeous George and his friends still have to play by their rules.
UPDATE: The wording of our original post below remains unchanged below, but the Commission has been in touch with Scrapbook to clarify that “the charity was actually removed from the online register due to a computer error. The error doesn’t reflect or change the status of Viva Palestina as a charity.”
UPDATE II: The Commission have confirmed that Galloway’s enterprise has had its bank account frozen owing to an “overt risk to charitable funds”.
The Charity Commission have booted a George Galloway fundraising appeal off the charity register after they, errrr, neglected to file any accounts. Viva Palastina has now been ordered to provide financial records for the years from its founding in 2009 to 2012.
A previous investigation by the Commission also found the trustees guilty of “mismanagement in the administration of a charity”, including misleading the public about how much money it had raised and “concerns” around its banking arrangements.
The Commission is also facing a court case over another charity founded by Galloway. The regulator, run by Tory stooge William Shawcross, refused to release details of its investigation into the Mariam Appeal under the Freedom of Information Act.
A charitable appeal associated with Galloway is exposed to be a shambles. In other news, a bear was seen entering a wooded area earlier today.
It’s all kicking off between George Galloway and the Guardian’s Michael White:
The indefatigable Galloway is hardly in a position to be hectoring anyone on embarrassing quotes.
George Galloway has described being Bradford West’s MP as “98 per cent tedium”. In an interview with Total Politics, the Respect Party figurehead — whose Twitter account has erroneously claimed that he was MP for Blackburn – whinges:
“I like elections more than I like serving.”
Unless it’s 200 miles away in London, of course, where Galloway fancies a crack at being mayor:
“it’s the next best thing to a presidential election that you’re ever going to get in Britain.”
An office overlooking the Thames is quite the venue for entertaining foreign despots.
Posted on the Respect party women’s forum Facebook page yesterday … their Dear Leader George Galloway posing with pop art aligning him with politically — and in status terms — with Fidel Castro, Hugo Chavez and Che Guevara.
Galloway clearly fancies himself as West Yorkshire’s caudillo.
There’s only one story today … but George Galloway still finds the time for hypocrisy. Amongst the selection of anti-Thatcher messages selected for re-transmission by the Blackburn Bradford MP is the following:
Sorry George, you were in the middle of re-tweeting something about “murderous dictators”?
He is, indeed, indefatigable in his hypocrisy.
“Gorgeous” George Galloway went on a bit of an EDM-spree last Thursday, laying down six individual pieces of parliamentary graffiti in a single day. Galloway is a prodigious user of EDMs having been the primary sponsor of 77 of them in just over six months.
But one of George’s less popular Early day motions caught Scrapbook’s eye this morning – especially in light of continued debates around the regulation of the internet.
Early day motion 1190 – currently only backed by two MPs – states that:
“That this House notes that Twitter is now a very widely used mode of social networking; further notes that Twitter is a US-based enterprise whose primary motivation is to maximise its profits; further notes that Twitter is now used for a variety of criminal activities including sending malicious communications; further notes that Twitter refuses to co-operate with the UK authorities in general and the police in particular in trying to detect the source of criminal communications ‘unless it is a matter of life and death’, to be determined by Twitter; believes that this failure to co-operate with the detection of the sources of criminal behaviour is reprehensible; and calls on the Government to impose sanctions on Twitter until it agrees to fully co-operate with the UK authorities and police in the detection of crime.”
Yet despite Galloway’s attempts to have sanctions placed on Twitter – the Bradford MP certainly hasn’t been toning down his use of the network. Despite his concerns, he’s sent well over 100 Tweets and Retweets since placing the EDM on Thursday.
That’s one type of boycott that George seems unwilling to make
George Galloway is hitting the headlines again after storming out of a debate with an Oxford student after he realised his opponent was an Israeli national:
If the above picture is anything to go by, Galloway is partial to, errr, bending his own rules when it comes to Israelis. The publicity-hungry Bradford MP is arm-in-arm with notorious spoon interferer Uri Geller, who was wounded in action as an IDF paratrooper during the Six-Days War — the conflict in which Israel conquered the West Bank.
What a schmuck.