Ex-Socialist George Galloway Wants Working Class People to Talk Proper
As I have recently written about the 20th Century’s attempt to invade the 21st, it would be remiss of me not to mention another emissary from that period, George Galloway, former socialist and former MP, who now represents reactionaries who want Scotland to stay in the UK, against reactionaries who want Scotland to be independent.
When it comes to disgracing oneself in public, Alex Salmond is a hard man to beat, but Mr Galloway is up to the challenge. Now the leader of the All For Unity party, yesterday he wrote on Tw****r:
“It’s only a snap-shot because I almost never watch it but: is it the Mission of @BBCScotland to make us look and sound like a nation of Janey Godleys and Rab C Nesbits? It’s excruciating...
“That’s how I’m feeling right now. Most Scots neither look nor sound like that. We are a people who made it big all over the world as artists architects engineers film and television professionals – we even invented the damn thing! I’m sitting here with my wife watching jakies!”
Note to those who are not Scottish: A jakie is a rough sleeper who is in that situation because of addiction to alcohol and/or other drugs, and Mr Galloway thinks they are to be sneered at.
Note to George Galloway: Who is this “we” who “made it big all over the world,” this “we” who invented TV? You had nothing to do with its invention. Neither did I. This use of “we,” in identifying with a nation because of the accomplishments of certain ancestral citizens of that nation, is an essential ingredient in the recipe for fascism. The fact that your last stint as an MP was for the Respect Party defies parody, because your classist contempt for working class speech shows you to be the type of bigot lampooned by the late Tom Leonard in his poem “The Six O’Clock News”:
this is thi six a clock news thi man said n thi reason a talk wia BBC accent iz coz yi widny wahnt mi ti talk aboot thi trooth wia voice lik wanna yoo scruff. if a toktaboot thi trooth lik wanna yoo scruff yi widny thingk it wuz troo. jist wanna yoo scruff tokn. thirza right way ti spell ana right way to tok it. this is me tokn yir right way a spellin. this is ma trooth. yooz doant no thi trooth yirsellz cawz yi canny talk right. this is the six a clock nyooz. belt up.