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Delegated Legislation: New Clause 1 — TfL assets for development (disclosure) (16 Mar 2015)

George Galloway: That is the point that struck me between the eyes. I am talking about having words such as “risk” and “hedging” in a private measure. Surely we have learned enough about the risk at the hands of private individuals and about the grave economic consequences to argue that this matter should be postponed until the next Government, when the state and the civil service can...

Delegated Legislation: New Clause 1 — TfL assets for development (disclosure) (16 Mar 2015)

George Galloway: Just before the hon. Gentleman concludes—and being mindful of your stricture, Mr Deputy Speaker—is not the point that this is a Bill to sell off the family silver, as Harold Macmillan famously put it, and we can only sell off the family silver once?

Delegated Legislation: New Clause 1 — TfL assets for development (disclosure) (16 Mar 2015)

George Galloway: It was indeed a PPP, not a PFI—that alphabet soup is frequently jumbled in my mind. However, my hon. Friend is absolutely correct. If we had had proper scrutiny at the time, rather than the dragooning of Labour Members into supporting the Treasury position, it would have been exposed far earlier. With the new clauses and amendments, and with the arguments made this evening, we have...

Delegated Legislation: New Clause 1 — TfL assets for development (disclosure) (16 Mar 2015)

George Galloway: I can think of only one reason why they would be so opposed—public outrage would result. I am absolutely sure, in respect of the Earls Court development, to which I am about to turn, that had the public been properly informed about its development, public opposition to what in many respects is an act of vandalism would not have permitted the development—or at least the political...

Delegated Legislation: New Clause 1 — TfL assets for development (disclosure) (16 Mar 2015)

George Galloway: I stand corrected, Mr Deputy Speaker. That leads me to my last point. The Earls Court exhibition centre was a particular favourite of mine—I declare that interest: I have skated in it, I have shopped for my ideal home in it, I have listened to Bob Dylan in it several times. It was an act of vandalism to have it closed, but even worse was the loss of hundreds of TfL jobs—skilled...

Delegated Legislation: New Clause 1 — TfL assets for development (disclosure) (16 Mar 2015)

George Galloway: This has not been our finest hour, as I tried to say in a point of order just 10 minutes or so ago. The hon. Member for Blackpool South (Mr Marsden) drew attention to the dog that did not bark in the form of the Minister, but there have been other dogs that have not barked or even turned up. In a short speech, that is the first point I should like to make. I am not a London Member, but I am...

Delegated Legislation: New Clause 1 — TfL assets for development (disclosure) (16 Mar 2015)

George Galloway: On a point of order, Madam Deputy Speaker. This is a zombie Parliament and this is a grand—[Interruption.]

Delegated Legislation: New Clause 1 — TfL assets for development (disclosure) (16 Mar 2015)

George Galloway: This is a grand theft auto Bill concerning billions of pounds of public assets. A closure motion was moved after just over an hour, which the Opposition did not turn up for, except in the case of 14 people, and now the Minister will not even speak on the matter. What kind of Parliament is this? [Interruption.]

Delegated Legislation: New Clause 1 — TfL assets for development (disclosure) (16 Mar 2015)

George Galloway: I, too, am a signatory to the new clause, but I, too, am persuaded by the hon. Member for Hammersmith (Mr Slaughter) in this regard. The hon. Member for Hayes and Harlington (John McDonnell) is being unusually moderate and reasonable, and he keeps saying that he does not want to insinuate anything about TfL or about the Mayor, so I wonder whether this is indeed a mayoral election speech we...

Delegated Legislation: New Clause 1 — TfL assets for development (disclosure) (16 Mar 2015)

George Galloway: I do not want to go off the rails that Madam Deputy Speaker has just set, but this “Mind the gap” that the hon. Gentleman is crying goes to the heart of the matter. Is not new clause 1 the place to deal with this? The Bill is driven by the gap that the Government and the Department for Transport have indicated to this Mayor of London—any Mayor of London—and the Mayor...

Delegated Legislation: New Clause 1 — TfL assets for development (disclosure) (16 Mar 2015)

George Galloway: I am not a London Member, but I am a London resident and have been for 35 years, and I am listening with mounting horror to the narrative being developed by the hon. Gentleman. I was one of those who opposed the disaster that almost sank—I hope hon. Members forgive the pun—the London underground last time out. What I am asking myself as I listen to him is: where are all the other...

Delegated Legislation: New Clause 1 — TfL assets for development (disclosure) (16 Mar 2015)

George Galloway: I have not intervened in the London mayoralty yet either, but I keep reading of the very Members the Minister has just adumbrated. Is it a coincidence that absolutely none of them is here?

Delegated Legislation: New Clause 1 — TfL assets for development (disclosure) (16 Mar 2015)

George Galloway: Back in 1967—better days in many respects—in the era of Slater Walker and the rest, was not this kind of thing called asset stripping? Is the Bill not just an asset-strippers charter?

Business of the House: Backbench Business — Iraq Inquiry (29 Jan 2015)

George Galloway: I admire the hon. Gentleman, but as he is speaking I can almost see him in his pith helmet striding across the Punjab as a district commissioner in another era, and his remarks about Denmark compound that. He and I both know that we almost lost our own country just last September; we were almost severed—dismembered—because of the collapse in the credibility of the British...

Business of the House: Backbench Business — Iraq Inquiry (29 Jan 2015)

George Galloway: Because they believed you and Colin Powell.

Business of the House: Backbench Business — Iraq Inquiry (29 Jan 2015)

George Galloway: Dead men cannot tell tales, and Dr David Kelly is not here to answer what I believe were several unwarranted interpretations of events surrounding him given by the right hon. Member for Croydon South (Sir Richard Ottaway). In the words of Lord Hurd, the circumstance we now find ourselves in is a scandal, and one compounded by the acres of empty green Benches all around us today. There are...

Business of the House: Backbench Business — Iraq Inquiry (29 Jan 2015)

George Galloway: But you went to an expensive university that the rest of us paid for. The right hon. Gentleman says, and many others now say, that they gazed into the Bambi eyes of the then Prime Minister, Tony Blair, and he was their Prime Minister, so what could they do except follow him over the cliff? What kind of parliamentarian takes such an approach—that because somebody tells you something is...

[Mark Pritchard in the Chair] — Backbench Business — Palestine (1 Dec 2014)

George Galloway: There were not thousands of Israelis killed over the summer, but there were thousands of Palestinians killed over the summer, and 500 of them were small children, I dare say a little older than the grandson of the hon. Member for Ilford North (Mr Scott)—I congratulate him on his grandson’s birth—but in many cases not much older. There has been an air of unreality about this...

[Mark Pritchard in the Chair] — Backbench Business — Palestine (1 Dec 2014)

George Galloway: It did so insist, but it was apparently written in invisible ink, for it has been forgotten by successive British Administrations and certainly ignored entirely by the state that came into being, decades later, as a result of the Balfour declaration. In my remaining 45 seconds, let me say this. If hon. Members think that Gaza has been an erupting sore of enormous international strategic...


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