George Galloway yesterday announced that he plans to stand for London mayor. It’s worth saying from the outset that he has almost no chance of actually being elected. He has only just been booted out of his parliamentary seat in the general election and the last time he stood in London he came a poor third behind both the Labour and Tory candidates.
He is a shameful opportunist with very little obvious support outside of a small area of East London. In order for him to be elected it would take a collective act of mass hysteria not seen since the Great Fire of London. It is simply not going to happen.
However, it would be wrong to dismiss him entirely as a joke candidate. Galloway for all his many weaknesses, remains a skilled campaigner. His surprise victory in Bradford West shocked everyone but Galloway himself.
More importantly the London mayoralty has always been a personality contest and although Galloway’s personality is not to everyone’s taste, he remains a skilled orator and a bigRead More »from George Galloway for London mayor? Labour shouldn't dismiss it as a joke