Crusading zeal of George Galloway is turning into hollow promises

PUBLISHED: 13:17 06 October 2008 | UPDATED: 13:40 05 October 2010

What a great disappointment our local MP, George Galloway, is proving to be. Like hundreds of other Tower Hamlets residents, not myself a member of any political party, I was delighted at Galloway s success in the last general election. Like the majorit

What a great disappointment our local MP, George Galloway, is proving to be.

Like hundreds of other Tower Hamlets residents, not myself a member of any political party, I was delighted at Galloway's success in the last general election. Like the majority of others in our local community, I had been disgusted by Tony Blair and his government, for having lied to us and dragged us into the illegal invasion of Iraq.

I was especially pleased to hear Galloway's post-election comment that he planned to 'sort out' the 'corruption' within Council management. I understood the quiet satisfaction of older colleagues, who imagined they were going to be represented in Parliament by an 'old-time Socialist' - in stark contrast to "New Labour" politicians.

I do not know to what George referred by 'Council corruption', but as regular readers of the East London Advertiser know, I have on several occasions expressed my view of the Council's 'fraudulent' misuse of research statistics to implement policies they feared lacked the support of the community. My most recent examples were a spurious survey allegedly showing leaseholders to be satisfied with services received, more recently, the manufactured 'evidence' prepared for the Government to demonstrate 82 per cent of the local population supported the setting up of Tower Hamlets Homes.

It is my intention to place this material before the Audit Commission - not only because of the deception involved, but because the Council has squandered at least £500,000 to £1,000,000 on 40 of these so-called 'independent surveys'.

In terms of national/international politics, George Galloway, as local MP, fares no better. In the last two editions of the East London Advertiser, he has expressed his views regarding the international 'credit crunch'.

Once again, at this 'higher level' of politics, George is a colossal disappointment. He presents himself as standing for a "return to the values and ethics of Old Labour", yet his remarks on these current crucial economic questions are indistinguishable from those of the right-wing politicians, both in this country and the USA.

However, George Galloway claims to represent the 'old time socialism' and on his radio broadcasts frequently quotes the views of his mentor, Karl Marx.

Galloway isn't advocating real change in the social system, anymore than Brown and Cameron are.

He calls for returning utility companies to 'public ownership' and short term windfall taxes and price capping (East London Advertiser, 2nd October 2008) -- measures frequently used by the employing class in the past (from 1844 onwards) and at present (Northern Rock, Bradford & Bingley), within the capitalist structure, and calls for a windfall tax to help the hard-up people with their energy bills - completely ignoring the lessons of history, from Bismark to Stalin, that 'nationalization' is just another form of capitalist rationalization that makes no change the fundamental social relationships described by Marx.

However you look at it, George Galloway and his Respect Party have proved a great disappointment. They can be expected to disappear at the next general election.

Bob Potter.

84 Swanfield Street

London E2 7DS

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