Wednesday, January 25, 2006

 

Gorgeous George about to meet double nemesis?

I get the feeling that two rather unpleasant things are about to happen to George Galloway: the first is expulsion from the Big Brother house and the second the major four strong Serious Fraud Office enquiry into his alleged benefitting from receipt of oil from Saddam Hussein. Galloway has always struck me as a dodgy geezer- those sharp suits, the bling, the permatan- and his conduct in the BB house has not endeared him to me or, I suspect, anyone else. Sure, it's the ultimate in fatuity but I watched a bit last night just to see what the fuss was about.

Gorgeous George was having a go at Michael Barrymore: aggressively, relentlessly, somewhat brutally. And for no clear reason. The idea is that the public vote out inmates they don't like till the one remaining picks up the cash. So the weird menagerie of characters do what they think the public will like to win favour. Barrymore has seemed, by all accounts, to be too close to the addictive illness which ruined his showbiz career- I saw a picture of him after he had broken eggs over his head. Why did George think such a sustained attack would win him advantage? I think maybe he couldn't help himself.

One earlier clip of the show has revealed Barrymore weeping in a corner. An easy target which no one would wish to criticise or stop to attack? Not to Galloway who tucked into this broken man with real venom, at one point repeating 'Pour me, poor me...' in a bid both to ridicule the man's self pity- which is there to see- and mock his addiction. The exchange was not edifying or entertaining and revealed the Scot as the bully he really is. If the watching public has any sensitivity they will cast this man out this evening when I understand another ejection is slated to occur. Then he can come out and refute- in that same hectoring tone, no doubt- the allegations which, according to the Guardian today seem formidably well supported by documentation. He won his last libel case against a newspaper which accused him of this crime; I get a feeling this time they are going to nail him.

All a great shame as Galloway is a talented politician who, could have been a minister- some have even suggested Foreign Secretary- had he not been in my view, such an egotistical attention seeking maverick. His footnote in history and the high poiint of his life will remain that roasting he gave the US Senators over Iraq.

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