George Galloway: Labour splitters are ‘unprincipled opportunists’

George Galloway

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

George Galloway has accused the seven Labour splitters of being "unprincipled opportunists".

Talking to talkRADIO’s Daisy McAndrew, sitting in for Julia Hartley-Brewer, Mr Galloway said the seven were guilty of "stabbing Jeremy Corbyn in the back" when they resigned from the Labour Party yesterday.

He added that he had no sympathy for them, and said the fact they had not resigned from their seats proved they were not prepared to make "hard political decisions".

 

 

Mr Galloway said: “I don’t mind people changing their mind, I don’t mind people changing their party, but you can’t be elected one-and-a-half-years ago as one thing and then sit for the next three-and-a-half-years as something else, that’s quite dishonest.

“They are sufficiently terrified that their voters don’t agree with them that they’re not prepared to test it, and that makes them not principled mind changers, it makes them entirely unprincipled opportunists.”

Mr Galloway said it was strange the Independent Group were choosing to "raise the banner of centrism" at a time when centrist politicians such as Emmanuel Macron and Angela Merkel were declining in popularity, and Tony Blair was "the most unpopular man in Britain".

He added: “If you go to the polls and say I’m pro-war, pro-austerity, pro-Macron, pro-EU, my goodness no wonder they don’t want to face the electorate in a by-election.”

 

‘We have to be careful of antisemitism complaints’

The seven Labour splitters

The seven Labour MPs who quit the party yesterday. Image: Getty.

Responding to Liverpool Wavertree MP Luciana Berger’s claims she was leaving the party due to "institutional antisemitism", Mr Galloway said he "absolutely accepted" antisemitism was a force in Britain today.

He added that a hatred of bankers and hostility to Israel could very easily morph into antisemitic avenues, but defended the Labour leadership themselves from accusations of antisemitism.

“We have to be very careful. If I were to ask you to show me, name me, quote me a single antisemitic thing, word, idea that Jeremy Corbyn or John McDonnell or Diane Abbott have ever themselves said, written or done you wouldn’t be able to show me one, in fact the opposite is true.”