June 13, 2005

George Galloway – It's good to have someone with a true passion in politics these days…

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4 out of 5 stars

George Galloway, I love the guy. He's passionate, one of the best orators in Britain today and he has tirelessly campaigned against the despicable sanctions against Iraq since they were enforced and the Israeli oppression and occupation of the West Bank and Ghaza.

I didn't even know he'd written this until I'd passed it in a bookshop whilst browsing. I'd just seen his wonderful response to the US Senate and thought "What the hell, I'll pick this up too." Well done Hamid, good choice, good choice. Pats self on back

This book is a mix of autobiographical accounts of Galloway's experience in the labour party and campaigning against war, sanctions and occupation, a manifesto for his RESPECT party and a polemic against current labour ministers and British and American foreign policies.

On the whole he writes well. You feel compelled to turn the page although, it has to be said, at some moments you feel he's being a bit too emotional in his writing. He's compelling, interesting and although he perhaps sees himself as bigger than he is, he's definately caused a stir and highlights one of the biggest crimes of the last 20 years: The Sanctions Against Iraq. He uses this book to bring it back to our attention (especially for those who've forgotten it amongst the "outrage" at the odd big of someone profiteering from oil for food). Hundreds of thousands of Iraqis died directly because of the sanctions and we should once again thank George Galloway for bringing this to our attention. The crime of the sanctions should NEVER be forgotten.

Go buy the book. Whatever you can say about Galloway, he's a fine read and he brings true passion back into British Politics.


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