I'm not sure what it is that's keeping me awake (it is currently 3:34 am). It could be the tragedy of Scotland's exit from the European Championships. It may be the Curry Club Special I had when I got home. One thing is for sure it isn't the current trials and tribulations of the the Respect Party which is causing my insomnia. However I have just been on the George Galloway Website which is excellent value for money.
It headlines with an apology for the cancelation of a planned convention in Blackpool. Apparently the directors of Blackpool Pleasure Beach cancelled the Respect do at the last minute. The explanation according to George is that Blackpool Pleasure Beach Ltd. is a contributor to the Conservative Party.
I then turned my attention to a link which promises a signed (by George!) copy of the Fidel Castro Handbook – buy your copy here! step right up!! only to find this:
"We have been unable to supply recent orders for the Fidel Castro Handbook. This has been because the publishers, MQ, are in liquidation and the books, as assets, are being held in a warehouse and not released until the legal formalities are settled. So, a sincere apology to anyone who has recently ordered the book and it has not been sent.
We have been talking to the former publishers and the liquidator and we are hopeful that we can shortly resume supply. However, it you have ordered and paid for the book and if the matter is not resolved by the end of this coming week, April 27, a full refund will be sent to you."
It is not clear whether MQ are (were) contributors to the Conservative Party.
Then if one scrolls down a little one gets the inside track on the schism in the Respect Party in an article headed "Respect at the Crossroad". It's all the SWP's (Socialist Workers Party) fault apparently. There really is no need for me to go in to much detail here. Simply study any left wing/socialist party in Britain over the last 50 years or so (including I may say the Labour Party in the 80's) and you'll get the gist of it. The fundamentalist left wingers, (Dave and Derdrie Spart) are resisting any move to popularise the party and calling it a right wing plot. The supreme irony here is that the article immediately below "Respect at the Crossroad" advertises "The Global Peace and Unity Event"
I have heard and seen several references to Respect and Respect Renewal (George's new party – we await the next split with interest) this week and the uncanny similarity to one particular section of Monty Python's Life of Brian.
The site also has a link to George's radio show, the most recent of which has him discussing Scottish independence and the terrible case of the young Saudi Arabian woman who was gang raped and ended up with a more severe punishment than her attackers. George despite his fondness for all things Moslem and Islam manages to wriggle about the subject in his own inimitable fashion.
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