The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

Politicians in Action #4


MP George Galloway (Respect - Bethnal Green and Bow) cavorts on Reality Television.

3 comments :

Richard Gibson said...

2006 has been quite a year for 'Gorgeous George. I think he gave an outstanding performance in front of your Senate but this 'episode' in which he claimed he wanted to "reach out" to the yoof, backfired somewhat.

Was this widely reported in North America?

Tom Sutpen said...

2006 has been quite a year for 'Gorgeous George. I think he gave an outstanding performance in front of your Senate but this 'episode' in which he claimed he wanted to "reach out" to the yoof, backfired somewhat.

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Was that his rationale? When I heard about it I figured he'd either taken total leave of his senses or he was desperate to get the press off the trail of some of those business deals he'd engaged in with the Hussein regime in Iraq.

Was this widely reported in North America?

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His Senate testimony was covered by the Independent press, but not by the Corporate media (big surprise); the Reality television boondoggle wasn't covered by anyone here. I read about it in the British press.

Galloway was over here last Fall humping a book and, God knows why he did it, got into a public debate over Iraq with Christopher Hitchens (who I still admire extravagantly, despite his disaffection from the Left in recent years). It was a brutal two hours. I thought they'd end up taking Galloway out on a stretcher when it was over.

As you can probably guess, I agree with Galloway's stand against the war in substance (a lot more than I agree with Hitchens'), but not in its particulars. He's embraced and done business with a few too many thugs and dictators, and it only demonstrates the absolute poverty of taste in the anti-war movement here (the empty sloganeering; the amoral employment of walking tragedies like Cindy Sheehan, etc) that he's considered a leading figure in it.

Mike D said...

oh god galloway... what were you thinking?

but christopher hitchins... i hate both sides!