Following this little ennui, which neatly combines the two, I am stirred into action.
Firstly Pollard. He has taken the Political Compass test and published his results. Very surprised to find myself rather to the "left" of an old labour party stalwart. Indeed, given his Fabian background this is clearly a man following Churchill's view of life:
If you're not a liberal when you're 25, you have no heart. If you're not a conservative by the time you're 35, you have no brain.Over 35? Not a conservative? No brain? A fairly accurate description of The Honourable Member for Bethnal Green and Bow. Mr Kamm sums it up nicely:
The description doesn't prepare you for the sight of a bald middle-aged man nuzzling the cupped hands of an aging actress. It is physically repellent. I went on Sky News this evening to debate Galloway's antics with John Rees, national secretary of the Respect 'Coalition' and a leading member of the Socialist Workers' Party which controls it. For some reason Galloway himself was unavailable. I confess I didn't listen to a word Rees said, I was so engrossed by the body language: shiftiness scarcely covers it.Snigger.
I expressed sympathy for Rees for coming on the programme when his party had previously condemned Big Brother as 'sewer-dredgingly awful', and I said that Galloway's appearance had the merit of not being the least creditable thing or most egregious debasement of public office he had done. After George travelled to Damascus last July to tell the Syrian people, who had had no say in the matter, how fortunate they were to have Bashar al-Assad as their leader, there were few ways open to him to lose his dignity further, and he at least showed imagination in finding one of them.