George Galloway and his apologists are most certainly hypocrites. On the one hand he vehemently criticizes the Canadian government when it refuses to allow a foreign national from Britain, him, to speak in Canada. On the other, he led a campaign to keep far right wing politician Jean Marie Le Pen, a French foreign national, from speaking in the U.K. in 2004. Geert Wilders, a Dutch politician who has been severely critical of Islamic fundamentalism, has also prevented from speaking in Britain. It’s not hard to find many other contradictions in his career either.
It doesn’t get any more hypocritical than that. Galloway and his crowd didn’t like what Le Pen and Wilders were going to say so keeping them out of Britain was perfectly legitimate as far as they were concerned. However, when Canada hoisted him on his own petard it was an entirely different story.
Hypocrisy, thy name is George.
Nevertheless, free speech is paramount and indivisible and our government should have let him in the country and allowed him to speak here. Our democratic institutions were diminished when it decided not to do so and a very dangerous precedent was also set. After all, if the government of the day can keep out one speaker it doesn’t like it can keep out anyone that expresses views it doesn’t agrre with. Some democracy that is.
As I said in an earlier piece ” Let him in, let him speak and arrest and prosecute him if he violates any of our hate laws.”