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Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Topical Questions (18 Jun 2012)

George Galloway: New Labour in Bradford has achieved the seemingly impossible by presiding over secondary schools in the city that are even worse than they were when the Conservatives ran them. In the youngest city in England, we are the eighth worst in the country—eighth out of 150. What special measures can the Government take these schools into to save the youngest city in England from the perdition of...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (18 Apr 2012)

George Galloway: As I was saying, Mr Speaker, there is an iron-clad consensus across the Front Benches of the three main parties about what they call a mission, but which, given the amount of blood on the ground and the rapidly deteriorating military situation, most of us call a war in Afghanistan. In the wake of Ms Gillard’s decision to accelerate the withdrawal of Australian forces from that war, and in...

Revitalising Parliament (10 Feb 2010)

George Galloway: When identity cards were debated, an hon. Member-indeed one of the most independently-minded Government Members-said that if there had been a free vote, the measure would not pass. Looking at that from the other side, the Member was saying that he would vote for something in which he did not believe, and that he knew was wrong, because it was a whipped vote on an issue of great magnitude. Is...

Revitalising Parliament (10 Feb 2010)

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Revitalising Parliament (10 Feb 2010)

George Galloway: I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman for giving way so early in his speech, and may I associate myself with the remarks that he made about your chairmanship, Sir Nicholas? I have served in Parliament alongside you for a long time, although you have served longer than I, and I think that you will not be in this House at least, after the election. That is a loss and it is a pleasure to...

Bill Presented — Climate Change (Sectoral Targets) Bill: New Clause 88 — Referendum on voting systems (9 Feb 2010)

George Galloway: This right-wing rump-for a variety of reasons that I have no time to develop-now stands on the brink of power, but they would never have been in power again if Jenkins had been listened to and electoral reform had been implemented. Do the maths; look at any opinion poll; add up the Labour and the Liberal and the Scottish and Welsh nationalists and Respect and other parties, and it is easy to...

Bill Presented — Climate Change (Sectoral Targets) Bill: New Clause 88 — Referendum on voting systems (9 Feb 2010)

George Galloway: Like the hon. Member for City of York (Hugh Bayley), I am a long-time member of the Labour campaign for proportional representation. Indeed, I am still a member, although not a member of the Labour party. [ Interruption. ] I know, that's me expelled now-I have blown it. I was a member of the campaign when the late Robin Cook was its chairman. Imagine my surprise to learn that the hon....

Bill Presented — Climate Change (Sectoral Targets) Bill: New Clause 88 — Referendum on voting systems (9 Feb 2010)

George Galloway: If I do-and I will-follow your injunction, Mrs. Heal, I shall be practically the only Member in the entire debate to have done so. We have covered Scottish devolution, Lloyd George, and the whole of 20th century history, all in that lazy, complacent way. But I shall-

Bill Presented — Climate Change (Sectoral Targets) Bill: New Clause 88 — Referendum on voting systems (9 Feb 2010)

George Galloway: How I wish that you had been in the Chair all evening, Mrs. Heal, as I have had to listen to all of it. I am in favour of the kind of reforms that are beyond this House, but I shall confine my remarks to those that are not. That there is cynicism is obvious. The Government are in favour of a referendum on this-a voting system that no one in the country is talking about-but on nothing else. A...

Bill Presented — Climate Change (Sectoral Targets) Bill: New Clause 88 — Referendum on voting systems (9 Feb 2010)

George Galloway: Yes, they are. I am supporting amendment (b). The hon. Gentleman-who has made at least six interventions, each one more bovine than the last-ought to have read the amendment paper more closely. The single transferable vote system may or may not be beyond the voters in Edinburgh, but my experience of Edinburgh is that nothing is beyond them. It is certainly not beyond the voters of the...

Opposition Day — [14th allotted day]: Iraq Inquiry (24 Jun 2009)

George Galloway: With respect, Mr. Deputy Speaker, 10 minutes of most Back Benchers is more than enough, but there are odd occasions when it is not enough. The speeches of the right hon. Member for East Hampshire (Mr. Mates) who has vast experience and of the right hon. Member for Birmingham, Ladywood (Clare Short) should have been extended. They were extremely important to this debate and this 10-minute...

Opposition Day — [14th allotted day]: Iraq Inquiry (24 Jun 2009)

George Galloway: Indeed. There has been a holding to account in the United States of America—there has been catharsis. Those responsible for the disaster have been cleansed away and there is the sense of a new beginning. Of course, we do not have that option. Some of us recall only too vividly the iron-clad consensus between those on the two Front Benches in the run-up to the war. The then Leader of the...

Opposition Day — [14th allotted day]: Iraq Inquiry (24 Jun 2009)

George Galloway: I cannot give way, because I shall lose the time—I have no extra time. I am sorry. The House must forgive me; I am one of those who is worth more than 10 minutes. I cannot give way—[Hon. Members: "You can."] In that case, I apologise. I give way.

Opposition Day — [14th allotted day]: Iraq Inquiry (24 Jun 2009)

George Galloway: Quite so. A distinguished civil servant, just as Mr. or Lord Chilcot, Sir Chilcot or whatever he is called, is a distinguished former permanent secretary. That is the point. How very British. How very "Yes Minister". How very Sir Humphrey. This has to be a real inquiry, of the kind the Americans would hold—with forensic experts on it who can root out the truth. Some of the stuff we have...

Gaza (15 Jan 2009)

George Galloway: I say to the Chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee, who is not in his place, that the international community is not impotent, but merely feigns impotence as an excuse for its failure to carry out its duties. Although the Minister's words were more robust, he essentially masked the same inaction as the languid and complacent Foreign Secretary, who performed in front of us on Monday. Compare...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Gaza (12 Jan 2009)

George Galloway: The Foreign Secretary is not in favour of the isolation of Israel but he was in favour of the isolation of the Government elected in Palestine, in the only free parliamentary election ever held in any Arab country, because the people voted the wrong way. He joined the siege of the Hamas Government and helped create the desperation that led to the barrage of rockets—largely ineffectual, as...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Gaza (12 Jan 2009)

George Galloway: I will, Mr. Speaker. Why will the Government not recall our ambassador from Tel Aviv, ask the Israeli ambassador to leave, and, above all, stop selling British weapons to the mass-murderers who are taking so many lives and limbs in Palestine today?

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Financial Stability (8 Oct 2008)

George Galloway: When the Liberals sound like Labour and the Conservatives like communists, the kaleidoscope has definitely been shaken—but while the pieces are in flux, why do we not reorder this world? What is so wrong about the taxpayer having a seat in the boardroom? Fifty thousand million pounds will buy a chair in any boardroom in the world. It would be taxation without representation, and will run...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Financial Stability (8 Oct 2008)

George Galloway: Oh yes you did!

Somalia (Human Rights) (11 Jun 2008)

George Galloway: A Government ready to rely on those friends of liberty, the Democratic Unionist party, to shred the liberties of our own people are almost by definition unembarrassable, but I hope this evening to add to the issues ventilated in a recent Channel 4 "Dispatches" programme to adumbrate the extent to which the tragedy in Somalia, which so many people are now becoming aware of, is another of our...


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