Saturday, May 07, 2005

BBC Vs. Galloway: The CBC has to do interviews like this one.....
via J. Currie

The Beeb
For anyone who missed it overnight, the tussle between George Galloway and Jeremy Paxman was one of the highlights, which came shortly after his victory over Labour's Oona King.

JP: We're joined now from his count in Bethnal Green and Bow by George Galloway. Mr Galloway, are you proud of having got rid of one of the very few black women in Parliament?
GG: What a preposterous question. I know it's very late in the night, but wouldn't you be better starting by congratulating me for one of the most sensational election results in modern history?
JP: Are you proud of having got rid of one of the very few black women in Parliament?
GG: I'm not - Jeremy - move on to your next question.
JP: You're not answering that one?
GG: No because I don't believe that people get elected because of the colour of their skin. I believe people get elected because of their record and because of their policies. So move on to your next question.
JP: Are you proud -
GG: Because I've got a lot of people who want to speak to me.
JP: - You -
GG: If you ask that question again, I'm going, I warn you now.
JP: Don't try and threaten me Mr Galloway, please.
GG: You're the one who's trying to badger me.
JP: I'm not trying to badger you, I'm merely trying to ask if you're proud at having driven out of Parliament one of the very few black women there, a woman you accuse of having on her conscience 100,000 people.
GG: Oh well there's no doubt about that one. There's absolutely no doubt that all those New Labour MPs who voted for Mr Blair and Mr Bush's war have on their hands the blood of 100,000 people in Iraq, many of them British soldiers, many of them American soldiers, most of them Iraqis and that's a more important issue than the colour of her skin.
JP: Absolutely, because you then went on to say "including a lot of women who had blacker faces than her"
GG: Absolutely right, absolutely right. So don't try and tell me I should feel guilty about one of the most sensational election results in modern electoral history.
JP: I put it to you Mr Galloway that Nick Raynsford had you to a T when he said you were a "demagogue".
GG: Sorry?
JP: Nick Raynsford. You know who I mean? Nick Raynsford. Labour MP?
GG: No, I don't know who you mean.
JP: Never heard of him.
GG: I've never heard of Nick Raynsford, no.
JP: What else haven't you heard of?
GG: Well, I've been in Parliament a long time...
JP: He was a Parliamentary colleague of yours until very recently.
GG: Well, most of them just blend one into the other, Jeremy, they're largely a spineless, a supine bunch.
JP: Have you ever heard of Tony Banks?
GG: Yes I have, yes.
JP: Right, Tony Banks was sitting here five minutes ago, and he said that you were behaving inexcusably, that you had deliberately chosen to go to that part of London and to exploit the latent racial tensions there.
GG: You are actually conducting one of the most - even by your standards - one of the most absurd interviews I have ever participated in. I have just won an election. Can you find it within yourself to recognise that fact? To recognise the fact that the people of Bethnal Green and Bow chose me this evening. Why are you insulting them?
JP: I'm not insulting them, I'm not insulting you
GG: You are insulting them, they chose me just a few minutes ago. Can't you find it within yourself even to congratulate me on this victory?
JP: Congratulations, Mr Galloway.
GG: Thank you very much indeed. [Waves, removes microphone]

Okay, here's the quote in full from Galloway:
MICHAEL DODD: So with Oona King and George Galloway are more or less united on this topic, I asked Mr Galloway whether it was ironic that a man, standing up for oppressed minorities was prepared to target one of Britain's few Black female MP's.

GEORGE GALLOWAY: Well, Oona King voted to kill a lot of people in the last few years, and a lot of them were women.

MICHAEL DODD: You're talking about her stance on the Iraq war in which she was in favour?

GEORGE GALLOWAY: She not only voted for the war in Afghanistan and Iraq – she spoke for it and she's speaking for it still. So by her actions she helped kill a lot of people in the last few years. Many of them were women and most of them had blacker faces than her.

MICHAEL DODD: Does that really matter?

GEORGE GALLOWAY: Yes, it does matter if you're going to say to me that I shouldn't stand against her because she's black. It matters that she voted to kill a lot of black people.

So what counts? It's obvious – it's not the colour of a person's skin. I apologise for being white. I apologise for being Scottish. I apologise for being of Catholic background. But I'm standing here not on any of those things, but on my record and what I stand for, and what I'll do. And I think I have a good chance of winning.

MICHAEL DODD: And as evidence of his claimed likely victory, Mr Galloway points to the bookmakers who he says have now stopped taking bets on his performance. And the contest is close enough and volatile enough to ensure that however dull things might get in the other seats there'll be lots of eyes on Bethnal Green and Bow when the results are announced here on election night.

How much lower can this guy get? Didn't he take money from Saddam?

BTW....Wouldn't it have been great if the CBC did something like this with Martin last election?
Mansbridge: Mr Martin, are you proud of having won a minority government by demonizing the west, dividing the nation and tearing your party apart to serve your ego while lying to the nation about your involvement in Adscam?

Martin (stunned): What?

Canadian Nation (at home): Holy @#$&......


Jason M said...

Ah, wake up man... you must be dreaming. You KNOW the CBC would NEVER conduct an interview like that!

Shamrocks! said...


That was kind of the joke. I guess maybe it didn't come across.