April 07, 2003

A WOMAN tortured in Iraq

A WOMAN tortured in Iraq recently tried to present her case for war to George Galloway, the pro-Saddam British MP. Galloway, king of all wimps, avoided her:

So, like all good activists, she went to his Westminster office to question him informally. Mr Galloway ducked down into an underground passage when he saw her waiting and drove off in his Mercedes.

Finally, he answered his home telephone. "I am very suspicious of you," he told Mrs Raper, when she explained her situation. She said that yes, she could provide proof that she was Iraqi, and he finally agreed to a meeting. "OK, come to my office on Monday," he said, before adding: "On second thoughts, don't."

Mr Galloway supports direct action such as marches on Number 10 or the US embassy, although his view is very different when it is his stance that is under scrutiny. "What do you want to talk to me about?" he barked.

"I just want to ask you about Saddam Hussein's human rights record," said Mrs Raper. "As a Western politician, have you ever tried to discuss this in Iraq?"

"I don't have to answer that question," said Mr Galloway defiantly, before adding: "Don't you dare contact me again. If you go to my house again I will have you thrown out and call the police."

Galloway once described the war in Afghanistan as morally grotesque. He'd know.

UPDATE. The Gweilo has more Galloway grotesquerie.

Posted by Tim Blair at April 7, 2003 02:41 PM