Oh look – George Galloway has popped up in the papers again. The Evening Standard has interviewed him off the back of his meeting with Ed Miliband, revealed by the Mail this weekend, and which – as I’ve said already – should never have happened.
But it did, and then it inevitably leaked, and now that particular “shit room door” has been opened just enough that it will take a while to close again.
But let’s not dwell on whether or not it was right or wrong for Ed Miliband to hold a meeting with “Georgeous” George – and not least because recent media coverage has proven beyond doubt that the meeting was a bad idea.
Instead, let’s take a look at what Galloway told the Standard.
The Bradford West MP praised Ed Miliband (which is the last thing he needs), attacked Ed Balls (who will doubtless be delighted by this) and said that he wants Labour to win the next election and for Miliband to be Prime Minister ASAP.
And yet by saying as much, Galloway makes it just a little bit less likely to happen, such is his toxicity. Indeed were a Tory to design a fully-functioning false flag operation embodied solely in one politician, they could scarcely have done better than creating George Galloway. If he didn’t exist, the Tories would have to invent him.
What could Ed Miliband need less than the endorsement of a man who sees much to admire in the culture of North Korea’s totalitarian state? A kick in the head would be more useful.
And yet, as is often the case with much of Galloway’s vanity-fuelled bluster, what he says isn’t even intellectually coherent either. Why – if he wants Ed Miliband to be Prime Minister – did he stand against the party in Bradford West, stirring up hatred against the party and dealing a painful blow to a Labour leader who was, back in March 2012, still struggling to assert his leadership? The answer, of course, is that Galloway saw an opportunity to return to parliament by whipping up a community against the Labour Party, and he is nothing if not a dreadful opportunist.
Standing at the head of a party which aims to take votes from Labour, traduce its reputation and besmirch its record at every turn – hardly the actions of someone who wants to see Ed Miliband, or anyone else in the Labour Party, become Prime Minister.
That’s because despite his protestations, Galloway couldn’t give two hoots about Labour, or Ed Miliband. If you look at some of the votes he has missed (the welfare uprating bill, for example) you could even question to what extent he gives two hoots about his constituents.
If he really does want to see Ed Miliband win in 2015, the best way he can help would be by sitting down, shutting up and going away.
Yet asking George Galloway to stop causing problems for the Labour leadership is like asking fire not to burn. And now, thanks to that meeting, he has that little bit more credibility with which to hurt Ed Miliband.