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Galloway hits back at Blair
George Galloway
Mr Galloway is suspended from the Labour Party
Suspended Labour MP George Galloway has launched a defiant attack on Tony Blair.

The Glasgow Kelvin MP told a rally in Glasgow that the Prime Minister had betrayed the UK by putting the country into the "the first ranks of the hated on the earth".

During a 30-minute speech to a Globalise Resistance rally, Mr Galloway again dismissed claims that he had received 15 million US dollars (9.25m) from Saddam Hussein's regime.

And he warned the Labour Party against using his suspension to ensure he could not be selected as a party candidate at the next election.

Illegal orders

Mr Galloway was suspended from the Labour Party earlier this month pending "internal party investigations".

The left-winger had come under fire for remarks he made at the height of the Iraq war when he branded Tony Blair a "wolf" and made comments seen as urging Arabs to rise up against the coalition forces.

He had also said, in an interview with Abu Dhabi television, that British troops should refuse to follow what he said were illegal orders.

In his speech to the Globalise Resistance rally, he said he believed that Clare Short had done more damage to New Labour by resigning when she did than if she had quit before war in Iraq.

There's hardly a country in the world where it's now safe for a British person to travel, according to our own Foreign Office.
George Galloway

Mr Galloway told the 200-strong audience everything that those who had warned against launching the conflict had predicted was "coming home to roost".

"We told them if you commit this crime, you will make this world an even more dangerous place than it already is," he said.

"Since when, explosion after explosion has ripped the heart out of city after city, murdered innocent people in their dozens, if not hundreds, set civilisation against civilisation, made more people around the world hate us any more intensely than they did already.

"Country after country is now out of bounds for British travellers ...

"There's hardly a country in the world where it's now safe for a British person to travel, according to our own Foreign Office.

"By putting us in the first ranks of the hated in the earth, Tony Blair is the one who has betrayed this country, not me and not you.

"If there's a treason in this picture it is those who have sold our country to a foreign power, who have decided that it is our fate to be the tail of a dog whose head is the virtually imbecilic right-wing republican fundamentalist George W Bush."

This was a fate rejected by the "vast majority" of Britons, Mr Galloway claimed, whether or not they agreed with him on the war in Iraq or not.

"They reject the idea that we were born to be the auxiliary of a country with the size of a giant, but led by a man with the mind of a child," he added, claiming Mr Blair would be "brought down" should he embark on another war.




SEE ALSO:
Labour suspends Galloway
06 May 03  |  Politics
Galloway's party problems
06 May 03  |  Politics


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