Controversial MP talks to Warwick pupils
Unorthodox MP George Galloway was the special guest of Warwick School’s politics society on Monday when he employed his usual forthright style to talk about everything from meetings with Saddam Hussein to “the only way forward” in the Israeli-Palestinian crisis.
Students from neighbouring Myton School also joined the Warwick pupils in their sixth form common room for the face-to-face meeting with the Bradford West MP and leader of the left-wing Respect Party.
Pupils asked what Mr Galloway what would be the first three things he would do if he was the Prime Minister.
He answered that he’d immediately bring home all British troops serving on foreign soil; scrap the Trident missile programme releasing £80 billion back into the economy and finally he would call for a report into the activities of people and major companies who avoid tax by clever accountancy schemes.
John Jeffries, head of the sixth form at Warwick, said: “A large and enthusiastic audience of young people from both schools heard Mr Galloway answer questions on a huge range of issues such as the decline in public standards, the case for intervening in the internal affairs of other states, the Palestinian crisis and the ongoing inequality of British society.
“Always forthright, the MP was eager to persuade the students to think about politics and society in an unconventional manner and frequently challenged them with strikingly original condemnations of accepted orthodoxies.”
When asked who his greatest heroes were, Mr Galloway said ‘God’ and ‘Che Guevara’.
Mark Sykes, the head of politics at Myton School, said: “While this politician’s views are well-known they were expressed with passion and offered pupils a real insight, especially when he talked about his meetings with Saddam Hussein just before the war. He personally told the Iraqi leader that if he did possess weapons of mass destruction his country could be destroyed.
“Saddam denied having any weapons and actually said to the MP: ‘Would I lie to you?’”
Mr Galloway also suggested that if proportional representation was introduced into this country, his Respect Party could end up with some 30 seats in the House of Commons.
And he said the only solution for the Isreali-Palestinian conflict was a shared state.
Last week Mr Galloway, the former general secretary of War on Want, stormed out of a meeting at an Oxford college saying he didn’t debate with Israelis.
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