MSM Target Galloway at Victory Party

A victory bash for the people of Rochdale descended into chaos when hit teams of MSM reporters took the prime minister’s cue to go after the newly elected member of Parliament. 

28 minutes, wild scenes at victory party. Video by Joe Lauria.

By Joe Lauria
in Rochdale, England
Special to Consortium News

Hours afters after British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said it was “beyond alarming” that George Galloway had been elected to Parliament in a by-election at Rochdale, mainstream media reporters descended on the newly elected MP’s headquarters to confront him.

“I despise the prime minister,” Galloway told them Friday night. “I don’t respect him at all. You keep referring to the prime minister as if that’s supposed to impress me,” Galloway told one reporter. 

Earlier in the day Sunak said in a speech at No. 10:

“In recent weeks and months, we have seen a shocking increase in extremist disruption and criminality. What started as protests on our streets have descended into intimidation, threats and planned acts of violence. …  Now, our democracy itself is a target. Council meetings and local events have been stormed. MPs do not feel safe in their homes. Longstanding parliamentary conventions have been upended because of safety concerns. …

And it’s beyond alarming that last night, the Rochdale by-election returned a candidate that dismisses the horror of what happened on 7 October, who glorifies Hezbollah and is endorsed by Nick Griffin, the racist former leader of the BNP.

Yes, you can march and protest with passion. You can demand the protection of civilian life. But no, you cannot call for violent jihad. There is no context in which it can be acceptable to beam antisemitic tropes on to Big Ben in the middle of a vote on Israel, Gaza. And there can be no cause that you can use to justify the support of a prescribed terrorist group like Hamas.”

At what was supposed to be a victory celebration, Galloway told a reporter: “The prime minister is a rather diminutive, diminished and degraded politician. He made a party political statement. I don’t care about Rishi Sunak’s attitude.”  He said:

“What I care about is that the returning officer, a man of unimpeachable integrity … declared it a free and fair election, and me as the winner, and Rishi Sunak as one of the crushed, big two parties in the state. That’s all that matters to me.”

Galloway defends himself against media attack. (Joe Lauria)

Galloway’s supporters, working people and their families, had flooded his headquarters at a Suzuki car dealership to celebrate his victory, in which he outpolled major party candidates by a wide margin. But the food remained in containers as teams of mainstream reporters went after Galloway surrounded by increasingly angry supporters. 

This fed into the prefixed narrative of an “intimidating” largely Muslim crowd of Galloway voters who pose a “threat” to proper, white Britain. 

“There are allegations of intimidation by your supporters,” a reporter persisted.

“That’s five times that you’ve said that,” Galloway responded. “The returning office last night declared it — you were there — declared it a free and fair election and me the winner. You are just going to have to suck it up. I won the election.”

Another reporter tried to tell Galloway that the result somehow wasn’t legitimate because Labour had no official candidate after it booted Anzar Ali off the ticket because he said Israel was complicit in the Oct. 7 attacks. 

“Are you a Labour press officer?” Galloway sarcastically asked him.

Crowd presses in on Galloway on Friday night. (Joe Lauria)

“I’m not sure of the wisdom” of doing another interview, Galloway told a BBC reporter, before accusing her of “gate-crashing” his victory party. “We were welcomed here,” she said.

“But you weren’t welcomed to come and invalidate the election,” Galloway responded.

He refuted her statement that Gaza was the main part of his campaign, agreeing only that it was a “strong” part of his message.

“Genocide usually is something that occupies people’s interests, or ought to at least,” he said. The BBC reporter then incredibly asked if he made promises to Rochdale that he can’t keep. 

“I don’t know what I’m doing here. This is my victory party. What do you mean promises I can’t keep? Why don’t you judge whether I kept them at the end of my term?” he said.

Galloway and the crowd erupted in laughter when she said: “This wasn’t really a huge victory for you when you consider that Labour wasn’t a part of it.” 

“You are shilling for Keir Starmer,” he told her. “Is this the BBC? Am I paying for this?”

“You may think this wasn’t a normal by-election,” he said, “but I won it and I’m going to Parliament on Monday.”

Galloway spars with BBC reporter at victory party Friday night. (Joe Lauria)

A Sky News reporter on camera described a “febrile atmosphere” and “you can see the anger in the room.” At times children had to be whisked away as the crowds of reporters and supporters swarming Galloway seemed on the brink of getting out of control. 

“We are tired of dog whistle politics,” a backer shouted.

“You can see the raw emotion,” the reporter said. “I think you’ve got a flavor of the politics right now in Rochdale that this constituency has been witnessing for the past few weeks.”

“We love George!” shouted a supporter.

“You have no idea what you are talking about,” said another. “You’re just reading everything off paper, aren’t ya?”

“What do you know about what is happening in Rochdale, to the deprived?” a woman asked him. “George stands up for them. I think you should go back to wherever you came from.”

The crowd then broke out into a chant of “Free, free Palestine.”  The exasperated reporter threw his hands up. 

Crowd shouts down TV reporter from Sky News at Galloway victory party. (Joe Lauria)

“Most people thought they were coming to a victory party,” Galloway told the crowd in a speech afterward at the car dealership. “But the television cameras have turned up to question the result of the election.” 

He called Sunak’s speech outside No. 10 “a melodramatic pantomime.” Galloway said:

“He questioned not only our election victory, but more significantly, the right of the British people to peacefully protest against a slaughter in Gaza. … He deliberately tried to conflate protests and demonstrations of hundreds of thousands of people, most of them not Muslims by the way, — he tried to make it a Muslim thing, but it isn’t a Muslim thing, … hundreds of thousands of people … demonstrating their revulsion at the slaughter in Gaza and the support for it from the British government, the British Labour opposition and the vast majority of the British media. Hundreds of thousands have marched, but millions share their revulsion.”

Galloway reiterated that his victory was a threat to the dominance of the two major parties. “No wonder Sunak is alarmed by the election,” he said. “He got whipped not just by me, but by an independent candidate that no one had ever heard of.” 

Galloway speaking to supporters Friday night. (Joe Lauria)

He said the politicians and the “shills” in the media are “hysterical” about his victory “because they know that if what happened here happens elsewhere also, that big changes can be expected in British politics.”

Galloway said there are hundreds of constituencies where independent candidates and his Worker’s Party of Britain candidates can defeat Labour and “thus change the whole arithmetic” of the coming general election this year. 

“No wonder Starmer is worried. No wonder Sunak is alarmed. Because a new political power was born here (Thursday) in Rochdale,” Galloway said. “We are the pioneers.”

With the reporters refusing to leave and the food still packed away, a fed-up Galloway left the room. The media eventually left and he returned to mingle with the crowd when an apparently deranged man entered the room, said his wife had died, spat on the floor, tossed dead flowers to the ground and aggressively approached Galloway to his face, who was led to safety. 

Police arrived and took the man away. 

Joe Lauria is editor-in-chief of Consortium News and a former U.N. correspondent for The Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, and other newspapers, including The Montreal Gazette, the London Daily Mail and The Star of Johannesburg. He was an investigative reporter for the Sunday Times of London, a financial reporter for Bloomberg News and began his professional work as a 19-year old stringer for The New York Times. He is the author of two books, A Political Odyssey, with Sen. Mike Gravel, foreword by Daniel Ellsberg; and How I Lost By Hillary Clinton, foreword by Julian Assange. He can be reached at [email protected] and followed on Twitter @unjoe

71 comments for “MSM Target Galloway at Victory Party

  1. robert e williamson jr
    March 5, 2024 at 00:47

    This guy is something very, very special.

    I’m still searching for the right words, it’s kinda like running into a long lost brother, who, you know damned well has the same interests in the human condition as you do. Weird. Maybe not so much?

    And. Ya’ ll know what Hunter S. Thompson always said, “When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. Time for dirty pool and Judo in the trenches !!”

    George! Big time congrats to a helluva guy!

  2. Chris N
    March 4, 2024 at 14:38

    Bravo George!

    • James P McFadden
      March 4, 2024 at 20:55

      Sunak’s comments after Galloway won.

  3. robert e williamson jr
    March 4, 2024 at 14:34

    To “Joy” re: drone video of the murder of 104 Palestinians SEE: Youtube

    Video title “104 civilians killed trying to access food aid trucks in Gaza Palestinian health minister says

    135k views four days ago.

  4. robert e williamson jr
    March 4, 2024 at 11:24

    Yup, pretty clear what the final score is really all about. By definition Kings and Queens have always ruled their societies rather than represent them. Could it be that England needs a revolution?

  5. Guy St Hilaire
    March 4, 2024 at 10:19

    The brain dead MSM reporters are out of their league arguing with a professional like George Galloway .They make themselves look so stupid and ignorant .

  6. hetro
    March 4, 2024 at 09:38

    “He (Galloway) said the politicians and the “shills” in the media are “hysterical” about his victory “because they know that if what happened here happens elsewhere also, that big changes can be expected in British politics.”

    Yesterday Jonathan Cook reported:

    “According to a recent survey, two-thirds of Britons support a ceasefire in Gaza – with many of them blaming Israel for killing and maiming at least 100,000 Palestinians in Gaza and imposing an aid blockade that is gradually starving the rest of the population.
    Only 13 percent of the public share the two main parties’ view that Israel is justified in continuing to take military action.”


  7. Rebecca
    March 4, 2024 at 05:17

    Despite his ability to whip up a crowd, Galloway has more in common with our right-wing government than he lets on. Galloway’s open support for JK Rowling and the rest of the well-funded US-based campaign against trans rights; his less open opposition to women’s reproductive freedom; his history of allying with the far right such as Nigel Farage; his treatment of the so-called Muslim community as a monolith devoid of class differences… these are not the marks of a socialist. Nice to see a man willing to call out Starmer, though, unlike the craven Jeremy Corbyn.

    • JonnyJames
      March 4, 2024 at 12:06

      Or rather you are using superficial identity politics to undermine the fact that he was elected. You are the one aiding the right wing by slandering him. If you don’t like him, oppose his Workers’ Party and go join his opponents

    • Tom Hall
      March 4, 2024 at 12:59

      Questioning trans ideology doesn’t equate with right wing politics, at least not in this socialist household. Smearing people, costing them their jobs, denouncing them for disagreeing with this latest iteration of liberal identity politics- these are not tactics I associate with the fight for workers’ rights and an end to fat cat wars against the poor, the stateless, the starving.

    • Piotr Berman
      March 4, 2024 at 14:30

      A truly damming list of sins, Rebecca, but puzzling in details. Galloway neglects class divisions in the Muslim community AND trans rights, AND the concerns of the working class. Granted, some sectors of the Muslim community and the working class care deeply about trans rights, but how wide are those? Surprisingly (?!), they care more about genocide.

      Just because there is a genocide going on right now and United Kingdom does not damn best to aid it (with meager capability, e.g. strangely dysfunctional fleet, what happened to Rule Britannia?, but it supplies what it can, and undeniably, it is important in allowing airlift of genocide supplies from US to Israel), better to give full attention to class divisions and trans rights.

      And whipping up a crowd on genocide issue is sooo low brow.

    • Laurie Holbrook
      March 4, 2024 at 18:48

      Cancel culture has no place in a democracy.

    • D'Esterre
      March 4, 2024 at 20:28

      Rebecca: “…Galloway has more in common with our right-wing government than he lets on.”

      I remind you: the voters have spoken. You may not like it, but there it is.

      I am an old Lefty. Last year, I was one of many such voters who collectively voted out a left-wing government, here in NZ. There are aspects of the new government’s policies of which I’m not a fan. However: before I voted, I concluded that the balance of benefit lay on the side of the parties which won the election.

      It seems that the voters of Rochdale may have also decided that Galloway was preferable to the alternatives.

  8. D'Esterre
    March 3, 2024 at 20:53

    On 14 October last year, we the citizens of NZ voted out the comprehensively incompetent and increasingly chaotic and undemocratic Labour/Green government. The Israel situation wasn’t a factor in that defeat, the Hamas invasion having happened only a week prior.

    The video above neatly illustrates the MSM reaction in NZ to that defeat (the former government has reacted similarly). They either fail to see, or indignantly reject, the reasons for it.

    Also on 14 October, Australians emphatically voted down “the voice” referendum. I was pleased at it: those citizens also recognise the creeping erosion of democracy when they see it. And the usual suspects wept and wailed over it. Including the government, of course.

    The NZ MSM appear to have forgotten that, in an election or referendum, it is the citizens’ view which is of moment, not how they think the rest of us ought to vote. We the people have spoken. The MSM ‘s job is to accept the result and report fairly on the incoming government’s policies, rather than attempting to undermine it, as has been happening in NZ.

  9. JonnyJames
    March 3, 2024 at 12:05

    The slithering shameless sycophant-stenographers (so-called journalists) openly acting like “Labour” party press officers. Or maybe the UK “press” work with MI5? If not, they do a cracking job for them! At least this incident makes it crystal clear: instead of reporting on the centers of power, they bend over backwards and forwards to defend the interests of the centers of power. In typical Orwellian fashion, they do the opposite of what their duty is.

  10. Em
    March 3, 2024 at 11:06

    The Saints are marching in for the funeral of Rishi Sunak and his undemocratically selected ilk the world over.
    Think of Pakistan as the current global lead example of the fraud that politics is.

  11. Jimm
    March 3, 2024 at 09:21

    These MSM people are paid jackals, nothing less. It takes an exceptional person to handle them, and as commentor Randal Marlin noted, Galloway has the metal for it. The question remains, can he withstand MI6 and CIA? Here’s a recent 10 minute video worth the watch: hxxps://

  12. Paul Citro
    March 3, 2024 at 08:28

    George Galloway is a principled man. He is articulate and a fighter. He is a nightmare for the UK establishment. You can bet that its weasels will be out in force trying to use every dirty trick in the book to smear him and bring him down.

    • Rebecca
      March 4, 2024 at 05:21

      Galloway will work very hard to bring himself down. As for him being some kind of problem for the UK’s administrative state, it’s far more likely that he’ll be replaced by a toadying, Zionist Labour MP at the general election. But we’ll see.

      • Piotr Berman
        March 4, 2024 at 14:52

        I would not bet on it. Were maintaining the support of Israel a major concern on Rochdale, Galloway would lost. But Labour screwed up this election by trying to walk a tightrope and failing, finding a candidate that would be (a) credible (b) Muslim (c) refraining on casting aspersions on Israel.

        In the meantime, mainstream media allows more and more disturbing stories. Example:

        UN agency accuses Israel of detaining, coercing staffers into false confessions about ties to Hamas

        By Jeremy Diamond, CNN
        4 minute read
        Updated 11:57 AM EST, Mon March 4, 2024
        The detainees cited in the UNRWA report gave testimony of beatings, sleep deprivation, sexual abuse and threats of sexual violence against both men and women detained by the Israeli military. Some of the detainees are also reported to have died while in Israeli custody, at times allegedly as a result of the abuse they suffered in detention.

        CNN cannot independently verify all of the accounts of abuse listed in the UNRWA report, but has previously documented similar allegations of abuse by Palestinian detainees.

  13. Valar Morghulis
    March 3, 2024 at 04:25

    Sunac wasn’t even elected!
    let that sink in.
    like George bush II in his first term, he was appointed.
    that man has no business lecturing anyone about elections or democratic process

    • Piotr Berman
      March 3, 2024 at 17:56

      Sunak was elected as an MP, prime minister is elected by MPs. OTH, Tories seem to have mad cow disease problem, holes in brains, at Labour may have the same problem, for now, not as visible, but they surely botched Rochdale election pathetically.

    • Rebecca
      March 4, 2024 at 05:23

      Well… none of the other ministers in the cabinet is elected to the role. Are you demanding direct elections for Health Secretary, Chancellor of the Exchequer and so on? Logically, you are.

  14. Edward Q
    March 3, 2024 at 00:51

    A few years ago Mike Pompeo said he would not allow Jeremy Corbin to become Britain’s PM. A similar attitude seems to be present in this response to Galloway’s victory. There are other examples from other countries. Nixon and Kissenger could not tolerate Allende’s election in Chile, for example. Hopefully, the British public will see through and be put off by these contrived accusations against Galloway.

    I also think it is ironic that the British blob is trying to accuse Galloway of fomenting violence. A few years ago he was punched by someone who didn’t like his politics, and the courts would not act against his assailant.

  15. WillD
    March 2, 2024 at 23:07

    Those rather pathetic obedient little MSM ‘hacks’ (not reporters and certainly not journalists) picked on the wrong person to attack.

    George Galloway can verbally run rings around them. He is also far far better informed than they are, and has far more experience in politics than they do. They simply can’t score any points interviewing him!

    He makes them look exactly as stupid and ignorant as they really are.

  16. Paula
    March 2, 2024 at 22:26

    Did anyone else notice at 2:36, the blonde reporter tried to hand signal to the other reporter. She does a sort fist and a bit of thumbs up then catches herself and pretends to scratch her chin. Did you catch that? Geez, who are these people!?

  17. Paula
    March 2, 2024 at 22:19

    Would love to see a scathing report on this nasty piece of work.

    H. R. 7256

  18. Paula
    March 2, 2024 at 22:16

    Now that was some real in your face politics. I loved it! Can someone please report on the following. BILLS-118hr7256ih.pdf

    An Open Letter to the African Union Commission Chairman

    Dear Pan-Africanist Friends and Comrades:
    A few of us concerned with what is going on in Gaza and taking note of the position taken by the 37th African Summit, have prepared this Open letter of both solidarity and concern.
    The central objective of this letter is to bring into the public domain for discussion, debate and evaluation the proposed bill pending in the US Congress (attached) whose central objective no doubt is to intimidate South Africa following its bold stand and initiative to take the matter to ICJ. We, Pan-Africanists, need to rally around in support and defence of SA against the usual bullish tactics of the hegemonic power. Hence this letter. We seek your support. Please append your name and affiliation in the letter which can be accessed as a google.doc at this link.
    Click the link, go to the document, where you will find the letter and if you agree please append your name and affiliation in the same format as the previous names.
    Please copy this email together with the attachment and circulate it to your Pan-Africanist networks to get more names. At the end of the day, we need to work towards building a huge Pan-African network across Global Africa. Here is the opportunity to begin, however modest. A long journey starts with a first small step.
    With Pan-African salutations
    Issa Shivji

  19. Travis Bickle
    March 2, 2024 at 22:02

    I wonder how long it will be before child porn will be found on one of George Galloway’s electronic devices?

  20. Don
    March 2, 2024 at 21:47

    Thanks for the additional context. Watched the video (posted on for those who haven’t seen it) of Galloway hilariously destroying the hapless “reporter” from Sky News, but didn’t know about the interactions with the other rabidly over-the-top media shills. Boy, do we ever need a George Galloway and a Workers Party of Canada to take on the neoliberal NDP/Liberal Party alliance over here!

    • Pauline Westwood
      March 4, 2024 at 00:09

      We need to develop the strength, knowledge, insight and above all, courage to become our own Georges Galloway. We beed to stop voting for differently branded neoliberal parties and support candidates who tell the truth about corruption and engineered inequality. The Anglophone so-called democracies are a sham and must be overhauled.

    • Gordon McRae
      March 4, 2024 at 23:50

      We’ve got Maxime Bernier and the peoples party of Canada and that’s a damn good start. Take a closer look and vote for them.

  21. Will Durant
    March 2, 2024 at 21:32

    That Great Britain has so often been on the wrong side of history is echoed in its rulers’ and media’s official and unofficial but nakedly transparent support for Zionist Israel’s long project of genocide and ethnic cleansing, land theft and illegal occupation and subjection of the West Bank and Gaza. About the only thing the UK ever got right was the abolition of slavery and the NHS. And now both parties want to do away with the latter, after which Brits will face the same pathetic, dysfunctional “health care ‘system'” that Americans have. Indeed, history repeats itself, first in tragedy, and then in farce. But UK power players’ support for genocide is anything but a joke. It is repugnant to anything civilized and human.

    • Rebecca
      March 4, 2024 at 05:30

      “About the only thing the UK ever got right…” is more like “What have the Romans ever done for us?” The ending of capital punishment, ending of corporal punishment of children, equal marriage rights, mass social housing, equal pay, disability and LGBTQ+ rights, divorce rights, the minimum wage, smoking bans, the Good Friday Agreement, trade union rights, votes for women… None of which, of course, happened without a lot of self-sacrifice by many people, and many of which are being destroyed.

  22. Will Durant
    March 2, 2024 at 20:48

    The UK is a mirror image of the US, where a corrupt duopoly attempts to hold on to the last vestige of state power while maintaining, through their corrupt and and servile media, the illusion that the vote of desperate and perennially disillusioned citizens counts for something. We have more than enough evidence now that electoral processes do not work when two dominant political parties agree to maintain the illusion of democracy by going in and out of power every few years. We are encouraged to believe that each election is crucial to “democracy.” But what we really have is theater, drama, a carefully contrived script in which you and I fund the war machine and the bankers whether or not we agree to it. We now have more than enough evidence that both parties serve power and wealth, not the needs of ordinary citizens. We should know by now that this endless nightmare will not change if we vote for either dominant party, because their politicians do not serve the real needs of their working class constituents, those who struggle and despair and play by the rules of the game they had no part in creating. Something radically different is called for. The game is rigged, and anyone who does not have a place at the major party trough of corporate and financial swill is the loser. The system is so broken that only a MAJOR course correction will restore actual representative government. There are no adequate words in my native language to express the utter contempt I have for people like Sunak and Starmer. Mr. Galloway is exactly the disinfectant for what stinks in the UK. I wish we had more like him, here and there. In Orwell’s novel there was a state propaganda apparatus. Modern rulers in capitalist states don’t need a state organ of propaganda. Privately owned media does the job quite adequately. Just turn ’em off and follow your heart. We can either take back our governments or let the shits continue to run the show.

    • Jack Stephen HepburnFlanigan
      March 4, 2024 at 09:39

      Will I have arrived at the same conclusions you have. What applies in the UK applies in all English speaking countries dominated by 2 party system. It is a coalition – musical chairs. I could elaborate and go on for some time and boor the hell out of everyone. But just wanted to say vote independent if possible.



  23. AA from MD
    March 2, 2024 at 19:50

    I am assuming next few weeks will be filled with accusation of anti-semitism. If any person sneezes and a zionist is nearby, it will portrayed as anti-semitic bio-attack.

    • ingamarie
      March 3, 2024 at 13:05

      Never mind that the Palestinians are the Semites in this dust up….returning from 1000 years in the west, suggests that ethnicity has been significantly watered down. Not so for the folks who never left Palestine. If we used our heads and thought more about elite definitions of things, we’d realize they bastardize the language to suit their ideological positions….its what lies are made of.

  24. Stefan Moore
    March 2, 2024 at 18:08

    What a wonderful result. Makes me want to pack up move to Rochdale.

  25. Graeme
    March 2, 2024 at 16:52

    Sunak’s inconsistency and failure to accept that his brand of politics is increasingly on the nose is but a reflection of an attitude found in the politicians around the world.
    Starmer is little different, and he too will condemn those who fail to vote for the either of the 2 major political streams in the forthcoming UK election.

    Sunak wants everything his own way, a sure sign of the arrogance of the self-appointed elite:
    – Sunak said it was “beyond alarming” that George Galloway had been elected to Parliament in a by-election at Rochdale;
    – “our democracy itself is a target.”
    For Sunak, the only form of democracy he’ll accept is when the results go his way, even though the independent authority, the returning officer, declared it a free and fair election.
    Do I hear a Trumpian response to a fair election being echoed by Sunak?

    • ingamarie
      March 3, 2024 at 13:10

      And that stupid belief, that democracy is only being served, if you get elected, is at its heart a fascist belief. In an actual democracy, if you’re policies displease a majority of the people, you lose the election.

      And what is it about western leaders these days, that makes them believe the people are on side with genocide???
      There’s something profoundly disconnected about leaders who imagine war propaganda can make us all look away from ethnic cleansing, going on nightly on the television.

      They think the people are stupid? Callous? Indifferent to the suffering of others??

      They think we’re as cold hearted and power hungry as they are???

      Off with their heads.

  26. Susan
    March 2, 2024 at 16:50

    The powers that be are shaking in their boots the m16 and cia news outlets are about as competent as what my dog leaves for me in The am

  27. Susan Siens
    March 2, 2024 at 16:45

    Sunak: “MPs do not feel safe in their homes.” I wish that were true because some of them might start remembering whom they’re supposed to represent. I’d love for representatives and senators to not feel safe in the U.S., to be worried about the public’s dislike and distrust of them.

  28. Drew Hunkins
    March 2, 2024 at 16:04

    When you start taking flak you know you’re over the target.

    • John Zeigler
      March 2, 2024 at 19:06

      Oh my, yes! You are so right.

  29. Rafael
    March 2, 2024 at 15:50

    I wonder whether those so-called reporters from the bourgeois-and-state media were explicitly sent out by their editors to attack Galloway, or did they just know instinctively what they were supposed to do?

  30. simplejohn
    March 2, 2024 at 13:00

    How wonderful that common people have such a grounded representative!
    Thank you Joe Lauria!

    • mary-lou
      March 3, 2024 at 07:13

      hear, hear!

  31. March 2, 2024 at 12:01

    The questions by the woman from the BBC were incredibly biased. Astonishing pile on.

    George did a good job at pushing back, but I’m afraid that he’s right about the threats he poses to the established powers and political order and therefore this is really just the first round of their concerted efforts to crucify him.

  32. Lois Gagnon
    March 2, 2024 at 11:52

    I’m sure we’ll be seeing more histrionics from the ruling establishment as their power slips through their corrupt fingers. The world is done with them (finally) and they haven’t absorbed that reality yet. This shit show is just getting started.

    • evelync
      March 2, 2024 at 22:50

      Yes, you’re right Lois!
      We are in a state of mass hysteria in the WEST
      and it will be getting worse as you say
      These pampered idiots at the top are not able to accept the truth about themselves and the multipolar world around them.
      If they had a shred of modesty and good sense, they’d calm down and gracefully accept that it’s a good thing they are no longer in control because bottom line they are psychopathic pretenders who lack a sense of decency and respect for others.

  33. LeoSun
    March 2, 2024 at 11:38

    3.2.24, “MSM Target Galloway at Victory Party;”

    AND, get their a$$ handed to ‘em by the “Victor,” George Galloway, the new Worker’s Party in Britain & his Constituents. W/o a doubt, George Galloway & “Company,” were beyond flippin’ victorious @ the ballot box & in managing the “chaos,” rock’n integrity, virtue, morality, common f/sense, @ the dealership. Basically, this is what “Speaking Truth to Power,” looks like.

    ……… “No wonder Starmer is worried. No wonder Sunak is alarmed. Because a new political power was born here (Thursday) in Rochdale,” GEORGE GALLOWAY, “We are the pioneers.”

    Cheers! Congratulations, George Galloway & “Company,” family, friends, the new Worker’s Party of Britain; and, Consortium News, Joe Lauria, et al., for the straight-up, beyond extraordinary journalism, keeping “us” in the know!!! TY.

    “KEEP IT LIT!!!”

  34. Steve Woodward
    March 2, 2024 at 11:26

    Congratulations, Minister Galloway. Your victory is a victory for us all. Free Palestine!

  35. SH
    March 2, 2024 at 11:13

    Guess what – 3rd parties CAN win – ” …. if what happened here happens elsewhere also, that big changes can be expected …” and not just in Britain …

    • Realist
      March 2, 2024 at 23:48

      I think the greater reveal from all this hullaballoo is that the “United War Party” is not just limited to the US and its idiotic Democrats and Republicans, but that both the Labourites and Conservatives are joined at the hip with each other and with their Yankee fellow travelers, as laid out in no uncertain terms by the transnational Mainstream Media Grand Conspiracy. Granted, this is something we’ve all known for a long time now, but, as you can see, the present system holds up even as the principle warmongers take us to the brink of World War III and the impending end of civilisation. Moreover, it would not make the slightest difference even if every last voter across the entire Anglosphere understood this with crystal clarity. It’s the manifestation of a kind of stupidity that seems not to be at all fixable. The West is not sleepwalking into the Apocalypse, it’s doubling timing the process with urgency. It’s enough to drive those still possessed of reason and concern for their fellow clever hairless apes to opt for those infamous suicide booths just as soon as they are invented.

  36. Mary Saunders
    March 2, 2024 at 11:10

    Are these organic human beings who come from city of London brain-transplantopia? Ears? Do they have organic ears?

  37. Carolyn L Zaremba
    March 2, 2024 at 11:06

    The media cretins attacking George Galloway are the very force that the citizens of Rochdale hate. This is why they voted for George. That snotty looking blond in the photos is the epitome of privilege snootery. She looks as offended as though somebody pulled the cork out of her ass. Maybe they did.

    • Susan Siens
      March 2, 2024 at 16:40

      Good one, Carolyn! Maybe that cork up the bum explains the snotty, snooty BBC reporters and their superior attitude to foreign heads-of-state (as long as they’re not European).

    • Jim Gladwin
      March 2, 2024 at 17:28

      Well said!

    • Scott Farquharson
      March 3, 2024 at 14:09

      Go George .Down with Zionism. Free Palestine ??.

  38. March 2, 2024 at 10:48

    Rushi Sunak did not become a Prime Minister of the U.K. after a general election. He was put in power after a series of crises in the Conservative Party. Ironically, the non elected PM has been calling the democratic Rochdale by-election of George Galloway alarming.

  39. Selina Sweet
    March 2, 2024 at 10:48

    What’s the solution to reporters being the voice of the government leadership – a problem in the USA (NYT) as it is in Britain?

    • Susan Siens
      March 2, 2024 at 16:42

      Don’t read their print media, don’t watch their broadcast media, send rude letters to the papers, magazines, and TV stations. I don’t know what’s happening in the U.K., but here they’re laying off ersatz reporters by the thousands. Hurrah!

  40. Martin
    March 2, 2024 at 10:46

    a smile for george

  41. Vera Gottlieb
    March 2, 2024 at 10:40

    For shame, Sunak…The likes of you don’t belong in public life.

  42. Randal Marlin
    March 2, 2024 at 10:31

    George Galloway has an amazing ability to speak with utmost vigour, using precise language and easy recall of salient, telling facts.
    Let loose on the U.S. House of Representatives a decade or more ago, he made jackasses of the leaders. Galloway’s quick mind and biting wit are the answer to today’s purveyors of fake news, irrelevancies, and other disruptions of honest communication.
    Would love to see a one-on-one encounter between Trump and Galloway, without the presence of a MAGA mob to drown out the latter.
    I think after a few minutes we would see Galloway’s wisdom prevailing over Trump’s shallowness.

    • Dc rez
      March 2, 2024 at 17:22

      I imagine Trump could make a couple of lucid statements unlike his competitor, who if he can find the stage, would mumble about ice cream and dead people.

    • Mikael Andresson
      March 2, 2024 at 21:12

      Dear Randall, Donald Trump lives in the United States of America. He is not the concern of UK citizens. There is no reason to eat the daily MSM diet of Trump hatred. It is more important that we focus on local and national politics. Mr Trump remains the concern of citizens of the USA. Their decisions warrant our respect rather than insults such as “MAGA Mob”. That’s quite inappropriate. Regards.

  43. March 2, 2024 at 10:18

    The Democratic Party/Deep State anti-Trump tactics have gone international, and not just with respect to people who agree with Mr. Trump, Mr. Galloway certainly doesn’t. A wake-up call for real liberals and real progressives everywhere, although in the US, they’ll most likely hit the snooze button and go back to sleep.

    • JonnyJames
      March 2, 2024 at 14:30

      DT, like JB is a senile sociopath genocidal Zionist. US Elections Inc. are a sham. The fact that these two are shoved in our faces daily as the only “choice” is telling. US politics has been reduced to a freak show. Rod Serling will come back from the grave and tell us: “You have entered the Twilight Zone”

      • Dc rez
        March 2, 2024 at 17:23

        Spot on JJ?

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