George Galloway and the Bradford Spring

The man who called Syria’s Assad a breath of fresh air announces ‘Bradford Spring’ as he wins by-election…

 

George Galloway speaking in 2007 © DavidMartynHunt

 

There’s no doubt that George Galloway’s by-election victory in Bradford West was nothing short of stunning, winning over 50 percent of the vote in a seat Labour had held since 1974.

Galloway’s description of his win as the ‘Bradford Spring’ has been ridiculed however, with many pointing out the insensitivity of likening a by-election in a democratic country to a bloody uprising that has cost the lives of thousands of people fighting for freedom.

It’s worth remembering also that whatever Galloway’s talents -and they are considerable- as a political operator and orator, this is the man who called Bashar al-Assad a:

breath of fresh air

Galloway has also faced heavy criticism for his work for Iranian propaganda television channel, Press TV. In an extraordinary interview with Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Galloway told him:

I have police protection in London from the Iranian opposition because of my support for your election campaign. I mention this so you know where I’m coming from.

With this in mind, Galloway’s description of his victory as an uprising and the start of a Bradford Spring will be nothing short of offensive to many people.

Here’s some of the reaction on Twitter where Bradford Spring was trending following the victory:

@catherine_mayer

Awake to George Galloway proclaiming the “Bradford Spring“. Deeply tempted to go back to bed

@johnthelutheran

Especially galling to hear an apologist for Saddam, al-Assad and Ahmadinejad describe his victory as a “Bradford Spring“.#bradfordwest

@forwardnotback

Bradford Spring‘ is deeply offensive to the memories of those who died fighting against dictators.

@Kazarhoosh

RT @SalmaYaqoob Bradford Spring here we come#BradfordWest!! <<< excuse me? Didn’t know there was military dictatorship in Bradford.