Strong words by George Galloway on Thai press, calling them spineless and doing little for Thailand. But well, from my analysis, it is not really spineless, but just plain corrupt and lost. They are lost, like most Thais are, and in that lost state, they cling on to something easy to give them life and meaning, and that is mostly, being corrupted, by money and power. Unfortunately, in Thailand, money and power, comes from the elite establishment.
Orangezeke @Orangezeke · 20h
@Terence_Writing stealing from the great @georgegalloway, Thai media are a “largely spineless supine bunch” doing v little for this country.
After first coming to national prominence as General Secretary of the charityWar on Want (1983–87), Galloway was elected as a Labour Party MP representing Glasgow Hillhead in the 1987 general election. From 1997, Galloway represented its successor constituency Glasgow Kelvin, and remained as the MP for the seat until 2005. In October 2003, Galloway was expelled from Labour having been found guilty of four charges of bringing the party into disrepute.
He became a leading member of the Respect Party in 2004 (eventually its leader), and was elected as the MP for Bethnal Green and Bow at the general election the following year. After unsuccessfully contesting the seat of Poplar and Limehouse in 2010, he returned as a Westminster MP following the Bradford West by-election in March 2012.
In the late 1980s, according to journalist David Aaronovitch, Hansard records him delivering “a ferocious assault” on the Ba’ath Party, and Galloway opposedSaddam Hussein‘s administration until the United States-led Gulf War in 1991. Galloway visited Iraq in 1994 and delivered a speech to Saddam Hussein which ended in English with the statement “Sir, I salute your courage, your strength, your indefatigability.” He has always stated that he was addressing the Iraqi people in the speech. Galloway testified to the United States Senate in 2005 over alleged illicit payments from the United Nations’ Oil for Food Programme.
Galloway is a campaigner who supports the Palestinian side of the Israeli–Palestinian conflict, taking an anti-Zionist stance, and was involved in the Viva Palestina aid convoys. Despite this commitment, Galloway’s abrupt departure in 2013 from a debate at Oxford University, after he discovered the other speaker had joint British-Israeli citizenship, led to him being criticised by other advocates of the Palestinian cause.