A blog by Luke Akehurst about politics, elections, and the Labour Party - With subtitles for the Hard of Left. Just for the record: all the views expressed here are entirely personal and do not necessarily represent the positions of any organisations I am a member of.

Friday, October 06, 2006

Galloway et al surpass themselves

Respect have really surpassed themselves with their ranting reaction to Jack Straw's remarks about asking (not demanding) Muslim women who meet him at his advice surgery if they would mind removing their veils.

Respect's reaction (http://www.respectcoalition.org/?ite=1190) seems calculated to try to whip up tension between communities.

It would have been possible for them to make a reasoned case that Straw (a man who has a very long-standing and close relationship with the Muslim community in his constituency) was wrong. Instead George Galloway has said that "It is a male politician telling women to wear less. When put like that, there's no one who would be considered part of the civilised political spectrum who would have anything but contempt for Straw."

I would suggest that on the contrary "there's no one who would be considered part of the civilised political spectrum who would have anything but contempt for" Galloway and Respect trying to turn a reasonable contribution to a debate about the way in which people from different cultures interact into ammunition for their despicable efforts to introduce communalism and voting along faith lines into British politics.

It's been said before, but the cynicism and hypocrisy of Leninists from the SWP attempting to mobilise the votes of religious conservatives - and junking or keeping quiet about every commitment they have ever had to feminism or other forms of personal liberation politics - for short term political advantage is breathtaking.


Anonymous Jon Worth said...

This Respect statement is shocking! Did they even listen to his words? There are plenty of things Straw has said in the past that I disagree with, but he has been very careful and measured on this, and I appreciate that.

10:54 am, October 06, 2006

Anonymous hardofleft said...

Little wonder the Labour Party is losing votes to the BNP(see Charnock result below), while Straw jacks up the racism. What next - take off your skullcap and prayer shawl, shave your beard, that turban makes you look awfully separate from society? His comments could just have easily come from Nick Griffin.

11:04 am, October 06, 2006

Blogger cassilis said...

We've almost reach a point where it isn't possible for Galloway to surpass himself such is his history.

And 'hardofleft' - to conflate remarks like Jack Straw's with Nick Griffin is beyond understanding.

11:12 am, October 06, 2006

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think we all know that RESPECT are mad.

I don't believe what Straw said was right but he was making a valid point about community cohesion.

Everything Galloway says seems to be calculated to whip up as much tension between communities as is possible.

12:18 pm, October 06, 2006

Blogger Al said...

Who represents more Muslims; the MCB or Respect?
While I'm no fan of the MCB (I prefer the various Sufi groups), I think we all know the answer to that...

1:07 pm, October 06, 2006

Blogger kris said...

Galloway thinks he is the kingpin of the Bethnal Green Taliban

7:26 pm, October 06, 2006

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes George, because that's what Jack straw is after. Veil Porn.

Straw's words can be legitimately criticised (though, in my view, not even in terms of content), but when will these people get a life??

10:49 pm, October 08, 2006


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