The Ghost of Watt Tyler

Watt Tyler was one of the leaders of the 1381 Peasants’ Revolt. He was a slain by the King’s supporters after drinking a jug of beer “in a very rude and disgusting fashion before the King's face.”

Friday, April 01, 2005

A few early morning few thoughts on Gorgeous George….

Last night it was a joy to watch Galloway embarrass Margaret Hodge on Question Time. Not only did he shut her up mid rant by accusing her of libelling him but he scored a direct hit by reminding the audience of her left wing past. She was reduced to smiling inanely at the camera.

But when asked about the case of Terri Schiavo he made his opposition to the right to die plain insisting she was starved to death. This is no doubt his sincerely held personal position but he was representing Respect which as far as I know has no position on the matter, and most members would probably be favour of the right to die in certain clearly defined circumstances.

I know Respect is a collation and all parts of the collation are free to express there own views – but as I’ve already mentioned he was representing Respect. It does not bode well for the future.

Of course this is not the main thing about his performance which was in other respects spot on.