A number of people will be coming forward to deny one of the claims that helped secure George Galloway his by-election victory,  Scrapbook understands.

In a letter distributed by activists outside mosques in Bradford quotes red-cheeked George Galloway as claiming to be a lifetime teetotaller:

“I, George Galloway, do not drink alcohol and never have.”

Strangely, this doesn’t seem to be recollection of a number of people who were around Galloway more than two decades ago. As a Labour MP, he was also a member of the Groucho Club private members club in Soho.

The by-election letter implies Labour’s Muslim candidate had drunk alcohol:

“Ask yourself if you believe the other candidate in this election can say that truthfully.”

Is this merely projection from Gorgeous George?

  1. I believe the expression that Galloway’s supporters were using was “he’s never out of the pub!” – but about the Labour candidate rather than their own.

  2. For Political Scrapbook to run stories like this is absolutely PATHETIC, seriously, you morons have totally gone down in my estimation

    The US right-wing military-intelligence establishment threw everything they had at George Galloway and he walked away making them look like fools, but you can’t even try to smear him on grounds of something politically serious, you come up with trivial shit-stirring smear campaigns like this

  3. The Lib Dems lie to voters about tuition fees, condemning millions of British tax-payers to a future in which universities have effectively been turned into private schools; the Tories lie to voters about promising no top-down privatisation of the NHS; the State butchers hundreds of thousands of innocent Iraqis and Afghans; and when an MP gets elected on the strength of opposition to all this, you try and smear him on grounds that he MIGHT have been dishonest about liking a drink. Seriously, is that the best you can come up with?

    Try and get things in perspective you pillocks

  4. Have to agree with above poster. This is a scandalous attack and possibly libelous. Whatever you may think of ‘gorgeous’ George he knows how to persuade the voters. He won, by a majority. Get over it. These vindictive little bits of gossip must stop.

    If you really must question his views or beliefs why not write about these comments he made on Tiananmen Square massacre on his show? http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=TyAofgTDue8

    Get your act together and post actual news, not just tittle tattle.

    I think it’s pretty difficult to defend these comments.

  5. Imran Ahmed says:

    Let’s just ignore the sudden influx of mouthbreathers who think George Galloway is some kind of war hero, rather than a mouth breather that genuflects to lunatic dictators, who are the only people on Earth sharing his grotesquely inflated sense of ego and self-righteousness.

    The issue with Galloway claiming his opponent has a drink and that he is free of such haraam products is that his campaign was based on persuading young Muslim Northerners that he’s a true representative of Islam and that Imran Hussain, a Muslim, is in fact a tool of the kafir. If that is untrue, it adds an ironic twist to what is, in itself, a disgraceful way of running a campaign.

    Yesterday’s victory for Galloway was nothing to do with Ed Miliband, the economy, pasties or anything in mainstream British politics. It was a populist demagogue emulating his own heroes, albeit with less gunfire and less butchery of women and children, and taking over a small town through sheer chutzpah. They’re in for a fun three years watching him drag their name through the mud.

  6. Lizzy Soraya says:

    @ George Galloway – there is nothing defamatory here, merely the reporting of some people disputing your claim not to have drunk alcohol. Also, may I take this opportunity to say as a British Iranian, I abhor your support of the unelected regime in Iran.

  7. It is not my ‘recollection’ either: I had a pint with George at the SCPS Conference in Blackpool, 1986. It may be the case that his was a non-alocholic beer, I did not see it poured.

    Politically I support George Galloway’s anti-war and anti-cuts position, but his comment concerning the drinking of alcohol was shameful, regardless of whether its substance is true or not. Where there are alcohol-related innuendos and fundamentalists, there is danger: a young lad near me lost his life not so long ago as a result of similar but less public innuendo. It is sad to see someone who should be ‘of the left’ allying himself with the religious far-right.

  8. Cllr. Clochemerle says:

    Every once in a while a colourful character who is a little larger than life, and perhaps a bit outspoken, manages to get elected. Inevitably the press & media focus on those kinds of people, irRESPECTive of the party that they represent. The real news is how support for the three main parties seems to have evaporated. Perhaps the good people of Bradford, whatever their religion or none, are sending a very clear message to the traditional party mandarins.

  9. About ten years ago (maybe more), I was selling raffle tickets at an event held in the Marx Memorial Library in London, at which Gorgeous George spoke. The prize was a rather large bottle of Havana Club. George bought a strip of tickets and then gave them to me saying that he didn’t drink and wished me luck.

    (I didn’t win, but a friend of mine did, so I did get to drink rather a lot of it!)

  10. The “perspective” is that Bradford’s Muslims were so concerned about the moral rectitude of their preferred candidate that they passed over not one but TWO actual Muslim candidates, Imran Hussain and Dawud Islam no less, in order to elect a man who’d been shown on prime-time TV making a twerp of himself in a leotard. It’s fair to say that shows they weren’t TOO concerned about “religious sensitivity” and were quite ALOT more concerned about the actual issues on which George Galloway campaigned!!!!!

  11. To reply to the claim that George Galloway is “a mouth breather that genuflects to lunatic dictators”, this is a version of the accusation that the US Senate made, to which Galloway famously responded by pointing out he’d met one particular dictator “the same number of times as US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld… the difference is Donald Rumsfeld met him to sell him guns and to give him maps the better to target those guns” whereas Galloway met Saddam “to try to bring about an end to sanctions, suffering and war”. The Senate committee insisted they’d be calling Galloway back for another grilling, but, despite having the active support of the entire US intelligence and military-legal “communities”, I don’t recall them being able to find enough evidence to make any of their libels against Galloway stick

    As to the even more libelous comment which says Galloway is “a populist demagogue emulating his own heroes, albeit with less gunfire and less butchery of women and children”, it was of course Rumsfeld rather than Galloway that sold Saddam the means to butcher women and children; but even if that libel was true, then that’s all the more measure of just how badly the mainstream parties have fucked-up, in selling-out voters over tuition fees and NHS reforms. As for Political Scrapbook, let’s say I’ll be clicking a very different “donate” button……

  12. Nice try, nice smear campaign, but talk about about locking the stable door after the horse has bolted

    The “bogeyman” photo of Gorgeous is almost as scurrilous as the Tory “New Labour, New Lies” posters, but, if it helps put the wind up Labour sell-outs, perhaps that]s no bad thing 😉

  13. As a 67 year old pensioner living in Forest Gate, I say we could do with someone like George Galloway here. For years we’ve had fake socialist Labourites ‘running’ the area. Unlike the Labourites, he deals with the issues and he’s definitely not ‘Tory-lite’ – like the Labourites.
    The truth is, these old school parties have had their day – they just don’t deliver what people – ordinary working-class people – need, let alone want .
    Mind you, this blog styles itself ‘left-wing’ – what a joke. But then, you think we’re all nazi-fodder……
    More middle-class schooolboy stuff. And you still don’t ‘get it’. do you ?

  14. Old Speckly says:

    If it’s a defamatory lie to claim that someone thinks he may be, or may have been, a drinker then surely what he wrote on his leaflet is also defamatory by implication?

    The crying shame here is that he hoodwinked so many people by appealing to their most profound beliefs and vulnerabilities. There’s a brilliant article about that on labour list – well worth reading. For that reason, it’s actually very important to expose any possible lies or misclaims he may have made. If it turns out he lied about drinking to appeal to muslims, that’s very significant. So we do need to know the truth, and if a left-wing tittle-tattle site can help find the truth (whatever it may be), good on you.

  15. “It’s actually very important to expose any possible lies or misclaims he may have made”?

    What, the possibility that Gorgeous might have lied about whether he enjoys a drink or not is more important than whether the Lib Dems lied about tuition fees, whether the Tories lied about the NHS, whether the coalition are all lying about needing cuts to refund a deficit they know can be recouped by stopping multinational tax-avoidance, whether hundreds of thousands of innocent people DIED because of Labour lies about WMD’s. The Labour trolls may not be able to recognise an important issue but fortunately voters can

    As for the original “story” – POLITICAL CRAPBOOK

  16. “you come up with trivial shit-stirring smear campaigns like this”

    John P, you mean just like the trivial shit-stirring with which Galloway smeared his opponent. You John P, are a slimey little hypocrite!

  17. I think whether George Galloway drinks or not, it has ever lied about it, is a highly relevant question. He sends much or most of his political career sticking up for Muslims.
    The UK, like most western countries, does not embrace ways of life that hark back to something akin to strict Methodism or Puritans of a previous century. Are we all meant to drink dandelion and burdock and be merry?

  18. I think whether George Galloway drinks or not, it has ever lied about it, is a highly relevant question. He sends much or most of his political career sticking up for Muslims.
    The UK, like most western countries, does not embrace ways of life that hark back to something akin to strict Methodism or Puritans of a previous century. Are we all meant to drink dandelion and burdock and be merry?

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