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Galloway’s win solely indicators extra bother to come back


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I’m not celebrating George Galloway successful the Rochdale by-election.

Galloway is a person who has by no means received over his days in scholar politics. He has by no means embraced the fact of complexity. Nor has he understood the necessity for coexistence in our communities. That doesn’t make him an appropriate MP. Nor does it imply he has an even bigger narrative to supply. Nevertheless it does make him an ideal lightning rod when there is a matter requiring {that a} protest vote be registered. He was the conduit for that vote final night time.

I’m not very shocked that the Muslim voters in Rochdale turned out to help him final night time.

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Labour completely failed them, in so some ways.

The Tories are an anti-Muslim mob. It isn’t simply Islamist views that they despise. That will require nuance past their comprehension. Their contempt for these of Muslim religion is broader and nearly common in vital elements of that occasion, as Baroness Warsi and Caroline Lucas made clear on Query Time final night time.

The LibDems didn’t seem to marketing campaign in a seat they held in 2010.

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And unsurprisingly Reform had nothing to say to Rochdale.

So, Rochdale turned to somebody who would say {that a} vital variety of folks within the constituency have been sad about the best way they’re being handled, nevertheless unsuitable he could be and nevertheless poor a constituency MP he has at all times turned out to be.

The weird actuality of that is that Labour’s hardline Zionist stance succeeded in delivering an Islamist MP while the Tories and Reform’s fake Christian fundamentalism led to dire electoral performances.

Is that this consequence going to assist? I concern it will not. When Muslims are rightly feeling alienated from British politics, Labour’s dismal failure at each degree, and never simply in candidate choice but in addition in its deeply troubling hardline Zionist help, produced an consequence that may solely reinforce extremism when that’s the very last thing we want.

Let me be clear that I discover Zionist, Christian fundamentalist and Islamist beliefs equally troubling. All promote positions which are meant to create exclusion, and so division. That’s not what a multicultural society wants. However with the Tories selling Christian fundamentalism and Labour turning into hardcore Zionist is it in any manner stunning that Muslims really feel below assault and alienated?

We’re in a horrible mess. These I’d describe as ‘ists’ of all sides are spreading intolerance. That they’re doing so is a risk to us all.


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