January 14, 2006 |
He befriended Saddam Hussein, verbally dueled with a U.S. senator and handed Britain's Labor Party a bloody nose in the last elections. But George Galloway, the feisty working-class, cigar-puffing left-wing politician, turns out to be a closet pussycat. That, at least, is what British audiences saw this week as Galloway, 51, served as a contestant on the lowbrow TV show "Celebrity Big Brother."
May 18, 2005 |
A prominent British politician linked to illegal payments in the Iraq oil-for-food program told U.S. senators Tuesday that their investigation was "the mother of all smoke screens" to divert attention from "the real scandal": U.S. policy in Iraq.
May 27, 2006 |
Maverick British politician and Iraq war opponent George Galloway triggered a storm of protest by saying it would be morally justified for a suicide bomber to kill Prime Minister Tony Blair in revenge for the war. Asked by GQ magazine whether such a bombing would be justified, he said: "Yes, it would be morally justified." Labor member of Parliament Stephen Pound told BBC television that Galloway's remarks were "absolutely despicable."
July 24, 2007 |
Britain's House of Commons suspended a lawmaker accused of concealing his financial dealings with Iraqi President Saddam Hussein's government. George Galloway, a fierce opponent of Britain's role in the invasion of Iraq, was suspended for 18 days. An investigation found that a charity he set up was partly funded by the Iraqi dictator, who was ousted in 2003 and later executed.
December 3, 2004 |
A British lawmaker won $290,000 in libel damages against the Daily Telegraph over the newspaper's claim that he was financed by Saddam Hussein, the ousted Iraqi president. George Galloway successfully sued the paper for alleging in 2003 that he received up to $660,000 a year from Hussein's regime. The lawmaker was a vocal opponent of Western sanctions on Iraq and of the war. The newspaper said it would appeal.
August 20, 1989
About 10,000 demonstrators chanting "What do we want? Brits out!" marched through Dublin, capping a week of marches marking the 20th anniversary of British troops being sent into Northern Ireland. The protesters burned a Union Jack flag, laid a wreath outside the Irish Parliament and delivered a protest note to the British Embassy. The march was led by Gerry Adams, leader of Sinn Fein, the legal political wing of the outlawed Irish Republican Army.