Tuesday, April 03, 2012
George Galloway won Bradford West because his politics are truly popular
This piece of mine appears in The Week/The First Post.
Neil Clark: And unlike their parents, young (jobless) voters have no lingering loyalty to the Big Three parties
HE WON because he shamelessly pandered to Muslim voters' "religious passions" and "prejudices about conflicts abroad". He won because there were outstanding local issues and widespread dissatisfaction with Bradford City Council. He won because... well, he's a showman and a good public speaker.
Britain's political and journalistic elite have come up with a variety of reasons to account for George Galloway's stunning by-election win in Bradford West last Thursday, but the majority agree that his win was both (a) a terrible day for democracy and (b) a one-off that thankfully won't be replicated in a general election.
But are they right – or could the political elite be in for the biggest shock of their lives?
You can read the whole of the article here.