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Friday, January 13, 2006

a continued absence

Here's some more politics for you, though of a more light hearted nature, for your delectation. Pretending to be a cat on reality tv is good for politics? You decide.


Blogger Martin said...

In fairness to Galloway, because I think some of the coverage of this has been a little crass, I think his view was that it was 'good for politics' overall, not every single individual action that he does. (Though if you consider this particular simpering bad for politics, which I don't particularly, that's another matter.)

I think it's pretty much universal that it's a tremendous error of judgement for him to have taken part in this, that it demonstrates his utter narcissism, that the show's debasing will lose him the good profile he has with many Muslims and that he should have been doing the job he's paid to do. Though I would say on the latter point that Galloway is quite often not doing the job he's supposed to be doing (in my view, to an award-winning level) and that we are only noticing because he's on TV. Need to be a bit more vigilant on this one.

Also, I find the Labour MPs and activists queueing up to berate him a little distasteful, and if anything were likely to provoke a little sympathy for him from me I think it's that ghastly Hilary Armstrong starting a petition against him (and probably shouting like a child in the process). I'm sure we can all wait until the ballot box sorts him out, without any of this smugness from Labour.

8:45 PM  
Blogger postliberal said...

"I think his view was that it was 'good for politics' overall, not every single individual action that he does."

His view was that being in this reality tv show would be a blow for his political worldview, which he equates as a courageous stand against the forces of Blair’s New Labour. Going into it with such a ludicrous expectation is a farce by its very nature - this instance, though not disastrous, is just the most colourful symptom of that delirium.

It’s not summit I’ve only just noticed, whoever this “we” might be - again, this whole venture is the most dramatic gesture of self-publicism and narcissism. The media has been rather keen on digging it over, to the delectation of all who wish to get nasty, which is not entirely unexpected - but that‘s part of the whole BB venture anyway.

11:12 PM  
Blogger Martin said...

I don't disagree with that, and don't remember mentioning a "we". I just don't think this is a worse example of self-publicising and letting down his constituents than much of what Galloway does, it's just a more public example.

Having said that, I've fortunately resisted watching any of it so far...

12:53 AM  
Blogger postliberal said...

"...and that we are only noticing..."

There are certainly worse ways he's conducted himself - this is merely a very colourful and odd example, that I saw a good photo of on the bbc website.

1:38 AM  
Blogger Martin said...

It's a compelling* image, I'll grant you that.

Are you still up? Go to bed!

*compelling in exactly the way that a car crash is compelling

10:52 AM  
Blogger postliberal said...

Compelling things are not always necessarily good or sound or elavating - they just catch our notice. Like Daniel Craig yelling "Yes I did fuck her! And I loved it! Is that what you want to hear?" at Gwyneth Paltrow here.

12:40 AM  
Blogger John said...

I'm positively delighted that Galloway made such a fool of himself in public, but also surprised that he would make such a bone-headed error. He struck me as smarter.

11:31 PM  
Anonymous Donna said...

It's really disappointing to see Galloway lower himself to "act" on a reality TV show. He now seems as nutty as some of the politicians we have in our country. I don't know how anyone could think this would be good for his political career. Really!

11:07 PM  
Blogger postliberal said...

John –

It’s rather amazing just how naiive he and his team were, assuming that they’re probably at least partially familiar with how the broadcast media works. It’s rather amusing to see them making loads of complaints when GG’s political diatribes are silenced in favour of showing him fooling around. Were they really not expecting this?

"It is his hope that Big Brother would provide the kind of platform that the media does not normally provide for him,"

3:49 PM  
Blogger postliberal said...

Donna –

I think, as Martin says, he always was this nutty and selective in his attention – it’s just that we now see this attention-seeking self-publicist in full colour. What’s more surprising is that they didn’t put Robert Kilroy-Silk in with him!

3:50 PM  
Blogger hatchris said...

Now that would have been worth watching! Two loathsome figures battle it out to see whom is hated more.

In fact, perhaps next year they should do "Big Brother - Strictly Politicians Dancing on Custard"

Send in John Prescott, Ming the Merciless and Ian Paisley to mix things up.

Something like that.

7:02 PM  

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