Posts Tagged ‘Imperialism’

An interview with a vampire. No politician. Same thing.

4 February 2010

Very excited about interviewing George Galloway this morning! Interestingly everyone I have spoken to about him all think he is a real loss to mainstream UK politics and someone who has been thoroughly misrepresented by the British media. As a certain architect I work with put it: “I really think the media has f**ked him over”.

Listening to him, I found myself agreeing with pretty much all of George Galloway’s politics. An outspoken socialist, a passionate opposer of the two wars we have bound ourselves in and a relentless critic of imperialism, I really felt he brought something unique to our political system. A couple of Gallowayisms. When asked by his office assistant if he had tried the peppermint tea he was sent from Syria, he looked at me and quipped: I don’t eat or drink anything anyone sends me; they could be sending it out of the goodness of their heart or trying to kill him. Wise or extremely paranoid, I asked. You can be the judge of that, the experience politician retorted. Not about to fall into that trap, I changed the subject and thanked him for meeting me instead! Later explaining to me why he hates British imperialism, he says “when I was young, I once went to my grandfather and said the teacher at school was saying that the British had an empire on which the sun never set, to which my grandfather replied “that’s because God would never trust the British in the dark”!”  Sharp wit ran in the family it seems.

A fuller report on the interview to follow soon.

In the mean time here is a video of that memorable bollocking he gave the US Senate.

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