I've never made a secret of the fact that I rather admire George Galloway, despite the fact that on certain issues we radically disagree - that's fine. I like differences, even irritating ones.
So it was with great pleasure that I saw Galloway getting back to his old form and giving the shortest of shrifts to one of Her Majesty's Opposition. The Telegraph's Jonathan Isaby tells that;
"News of an unseemly spat between Respect MP, George Galloway, and Greg Hands, the Tory MP for Hammersmith and Fulham. Galloway stands accused of failing to follow parliamentary protocol for not informing Hands that he was speaking at the recent Islam Expo at Olympia in his constituency.Nice.
"Hands wrote to the Bethnal Green and Bow MP seeking an explanation for the apparent "breach of the conventions and courtesies of the House". Galloway's reply was cavalier to say the least.
"Dear Mr. Hands (whoever you are)," it began. "I speak in one part or another of Britain almost every day of the week. I have neither the time nor the inclination to check whose constituency I'm speaking in."
"I do hope you are not claiming any parliamentary allowances for writing such a preposterous letter," he concluded.
Who is this bloke? Does he think every time an MP speaks at a rally in Traffalgar Square they write to Tory MP Mark Field? I should cocoa. Galloway was speaking at a national event - keep your beak out Mr Hands!
All this wig wearing, gentlemen's club, proceduralist rubbish should be scrapped asap. Hands is acting like he owns his constituency and Galloway is just the guy to pull him up short. God knows what Hands was thinking of trying to have a pop in the first place.