Galloway to square up to Salmond over independence

For those concerned at the lack of any heavyweight politicians prepared to take on Alex Salmond, it emerged George Galloway will take on the SNP.

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For those concerned at the lack of any heavyweight politicians prepared to take on Alex Salmond, this weekend it emerged that one George Galloway, he of Bradford West fame and a former MP from Glasgow, has made clear he intends to fight the SNP’s proposals.

Speaking to the Sunday Mail this weekend, Galloway argued that whilst the first minister had increasingly looked like Rangers footballer Jim Baxter in recent years, “strolling through the opposition”, he plans to stop him on his way to his goal of independence, “by taking on the role of Celtic legend Bertie Auld”.

Galloway explained:

“Salmond is good but he is not that good. He has looked good because of the flatness of the surrounding landscape. He needs heavyweight people up against him to puncture the sanctimonious bubble he has puffed around himself.

He is beginning to get his comeuppance with the Rupert Murdoch affair, which shows, as I have always argued, that Salmond is not as nice in private as he is in public.

“In the past, Salmond looked like Jim Baxter strolling through the opposition, head up, feet on the ball, playing keepy up. I would like to get into him, as they say at Parkhead, like Bertie Auld.”


See also:

MPs accuse SNP of “biased” independence question 8 May 2012

Salmond to be dragged before Leveson as ‘Wee Eck’ refuses to say if he’s been hacked 2 May 2012

Salmond’s screeching u-turn over independence consultation 3 Apr 2012

Déjà vu as Scottish referendum campaign turns nasty 25 Jan 2012

Questions multiply over financial status of an independent Scotland 20 Jan 2012


Calling on the SNP to simply get on with the vote, Galloway explained that he would be prepared to campaign alongside those in the Labour movement who he has previously fallen out with in an effort to preserve the union.

He concluded:

“I will do anything I can to stop what I believe would be bad for Scotland and worse for the working people in England.

If that means sharing platforms with people who hate me, then fine. The future of the country is more important than that. I will share a platform with any Labour movement people. A lot of these people were close friends of mine once. Margaret Curran was a very close friend of mine.

“Johann Lamont is an enemy of mine, but I wish her success in this because I think the break-up of Scotland from England after 300 years would be a mistake for Scotland and it would doom the English working people to permanent Tory rule.

“There are 59 Scottish seats at Westminster, all but one of them anti-Tory. If you take them out of Parliament, the Tories would be almost impossible to beat in England.

“That would be bad for working people in England, but it would also be bad for Scotland because a low-tax, low-spend, right-wing Tory England would lead to business and industry relocating to England from Scotland.”

Elsewhere, further questions emerged over the not so imminent referendum on independence with the SNP government performing what amounted to a u-turn over the role the Electoral Commission will play in the campaign.

Alex Salmond has previously stated that whilst the Electoral Commission would be responsible for the conduct of the campaign, he has been far coyer about it being given responsibility for testing the validity and fairness of the question to be put to the Scottish people.

However, having been accused by the Scottish affairs select committee of producing a “biased” question, a view shared by a number of senior pollsters, ministers at Holyrood now appear to have changed tack.

As the Scottish government’s consultation on a referendum drew to a close on Friday evening, Bruce Crawford, Cabinet Secretary for Government Strategy, explained:

“We have had a fantastic response from the people of Scotland, with over 21,000 contributions to the consultation – over seven times the number that responded to the UK government’s consultation on the same issue.

“This positive response also sends a clear signal that the people of Scotland believe the Scottish Parliament is the place to decide the terms and timing of the referendum – and that these should not be imposed by Westminster.

“I want to thank everyone who has taken the time to make their views known.”

In welcoming what she described as this “latest concession from the SNP government”, Scottish Labour leader Johann Lamont continued:

“This latest concession from the SNP government is a welcome one. I hope Alex Salmond will now sit down with all party leaders to discuss the wording of a single, straight question that we can put before the Electoral Commission.”

Meanwhile, John McCormick, Electoral Commissioner for Scotland, responded:

“Our priority has always been that any referendum must be run in the interests of voters. We therefore welcome the Scottish government’s announcement that it wants us to play a role in both regulating the referendum and undertaking independent testing of the referendum question.

“We look forward to sorting out the precise details with them in the coming months.”


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20 Responses to “Galloway to square up to Salmond over independence”

  1. Political Planet

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  5. Viv

    Galloway to square up to Salmond over independence < Galloway is an utter twat, but makes some interesting points here

  6. BMetAlevelPolitics

    Galloway to square up to Salmond over independence, reports @EdJacobs1985:

  7. Anonymous

    Boring in Bradford then he’s off to settle scotland

  8. Terry McCarthy

    Mr Galloway, please bury the myth that an independent England would be under permanent Tory control. In 1997, Blair’s seats in England alone were enough to give him a majority in the Commons. Politics in England tends to be cyclical, far more more so than in Scotland. Labour has won in England in the past, and it can do so again. What it needs is for Labour to be pro-England (ALL of England), rather than regurgitating its Anglophobic bile ad nauseum and pandering to the bits of England where it assumes it will win.

    That bit about Galloway caring about working people in England gave me the best laugh I’ve had in ages, although it was probably not intentional. The only people he cares about are himself and, maybe, the shirking people who are daft enough to vote for him.

    Mr Galloway, it’s time for you to go back homeward tae think again. Maybe you can win a constituency in your own country, and leave the country you despise to local candidates.

  9. Peter

    Salmond responded by saying ‘He needs heavyweight people up against him to puncture the sanctimonious bubble he has puffed around himself’.

  10. Jamie

    Galloway to square up to Salmond over Scottish independence

  11. Liza Harding

    Galloway to square up to Salmond over Scottish independence

  12. Anonymous

    It’s not a myth. It’s a reality that your Tory crowd want to push to cover up their gerrymandering, social cleansing and other vote-rigging measures. Labour, even if it returned to the Left, would and will find many of it’s votes rendered irrelevant by Tory manoeuvring.

    Galloway is a terror supporter, so I have no love for him, but your invoking the Tory language of division and hatred also places you nicely in the political spectrum. You’ll cry and whine about that, of course…

  13. JC

    So this is basically an argument that party politics trumps the people’s wishes. Regardless of whether the people of Scotland want independence, it’s a bad thing because of the damage it might do to the Labour Party.

  14. Alexander_telford

    bollocks i’m afraid

  15. Achvaneran

    NEVER has there been an ego the size of that held by Mr Galloway. Mr Salmond is genuine and principled but Mr Galloway cares only for his own image. His career high was being a cat on Big Brother.

  16. Eurofree3

    great comment – nail on head!!!

  17. uglyfatbloke

    Excellent point about Blair’s government from Terry McCarthy, also that labout needs to be more active on behalf of England outside the M25 and a good deal less focussed on what affects inside the M25.
    George has slipped in a religious angle here that may not be quite transparent to people outside Scotland; by praisinga (magnificent) Cletic player he hopes to get sioem traction with Roman Catholics, but he is decaded behind the times. The days when Catholics voted Labour and Protestants voted Conservative are long gone; there’s no such thing as a ‘tenement tory’ these days. They were a significant fator when George wa genuinely active in Scotland, but that’s decades ago. If the unionist cause is to led by Galloway, Mundell, Rennie and Lamont there’s not much hope for it; if it is to be led by Ian davidson, Lord Foulkes, Ruth Davidson and Menzies Campbell then there’s no hope at all. There simply must be better choices available.

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