Question Time Leeds: Galloway Sharpens His Claws

Everyone's favourite feline politician got the chance to bathe in the glory of his Bradford bi-election result and milk the cameras for all they're worth
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Everyone's favourite feline politician got the chance to bathe in the glory of his Bradford bi-election result and milk the cameras for all they're worth

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@Choochsdad : For once bbcqt should be held in a Wetherspoons , thus avoiding the 'random' middle class left of centre audience & giving mad folk a go.

Well, Choochsdad, sadly you'll have to make do with Leeds, as after two of the most boring Thursdays on record David Dimbleby turned the sprinklers back on in his political garden to the great delight of the nation. Those with hosepipes on full blast last night were 'Bradford Spring' architect George Galloway, Labour's Yvette Cooper, Conservative Chair Baroness Warsi, Liberal Democrat President Tim Farron and The Times' David Aaronovitch.

@carlmaxim : If Abu Qatada was forced to live in the same house as Theresa May he would probably extradite himself.

The deportation of everyone's second favourite hate cleric (Abu Hamza finishing first hands... erm, hooks down) was this week's first topic, obviously not with the intention of baiting Mr. Galloway. Obviously. Cooper and Warsi were allowed to get the bland party political answers out of the way before the fiery Scot exploded. He butchered the mainstream parties for their allowance of torture and rendering, suggested the Jordanians were lying about having no plans to torture Qatada, and then accused Aaronovitch of being a, “Servant of the Blairs.” Thus began an interesting exchange in which so much mud was thrown it was hard to take it all in. But of the more memorable and graphic quotes was Galloway bemoaning he was, “in labour” while Aaronovitch was a young communist. No one said child-birth was easy, George.

@ganglesprocket : If I ever want to horrify my wife, I just need to say "Would you like me to be the cat?" She hates that.

Moving swiftly on, the great city of Leeds was subjected, thanks to general geographical proximity, to a whole lot more Galloway gloating when it came to the next topic; just how sensational was the Bradford by-election result? Warsi started by gently congratulating George, before gaining his trust enough to tickle his tummy and rub his head. She was stopped half way through opening a tin of tuna by Aaronovitch, who jumped in with the back-handed compliment, “if a half-way credible candidate comes along they often get the protest vote.” Oooh, bitch.

But of the more memorable and graphic quotes was Galloway bemoaning he was, “in labour” while Aaronovitch was a young communist. No one said child-birth was easy, George.

@WorksWithWords : Since Galloway was elected water has fallen from the sky and filled the empty reservoirs at his bidding. #whatgeorgedid

The ill-feeling was continued when, upon suggesting that recent wins for the Bradford Bulls and Bradford City FC were all his doing, Aaronovitch retorted with, “What about Blackburn?” This valid gibe sparked a reaction in the audience, who suggested that his victory was nothing more than a betting scam and that he, “wouldn't be grinning like the cat that got the cream at the next general election.” Twitter bore the brunt of a lot of Galloway's shenanigans in the only way she knows; by creating the wonderful #whatgeorgedid hashtag, allowing everyone to publicly acknowledge what Galloway has done for them since taking office. Inspiring stuff.

@graf3000 : Galloway bingo. Cheeks of the same arse analogy. check.

This arse analogy really needs explaining, so I'll give it a go. Basically, Galloway is on his own. A political maverick, you might say. He is therefore a solitary cheek. Sadly, this leaves him without an arsehole, so he shits out of his mouth. Which really does explain a lot if you think about it.

@Number10cat : Not only am I a better cat than George Galloway; I'm a better politician than Baroness Warsi

I'm fairly certain the majority of the population would agree with the second part of the previous tweet; in fact it is a mystery as to why the Conservative party still allow her to represent them on the show. Her performances are always terrible, but it sure beats having a genuine front-bencher on to defend the budget. Or the NHS plans. Or education reform.

She particularly shone on the question of whether it was right to hold the Bahrain Grand Prix this weekend and, slightly further down the line, if the King of that nation really should be attending the Queen's Jubilee celebrations. She confirmed the government can only advise when it comes to situations like this, and that Liz should be allowed to invite, “who she wants to her party.” But why stop with just Hamad bin Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa? Warsi will soon be advocating scrapping plans for that mega yacht and instead presenting Her Royal Highness with a Carbonite wall hanging of Gadaffi in order to celebrate her 60-year reign. You know, just to keep the despot theme going.

@DIMBLEBOT : "WARSI" IS CURRENTLY REQUESTING HELP FROM "CAMERON", WHO IS IGNORING HER TEXT MESSAGES

Dave had better get at least one of the cheeks of his arse in gear to prepare for next week, with damage limitation on the mind as Dimbleby and the gang roll into London for the Mayoral debate. Fortunately for Cameron, the debate will take place on a stage rather than in a lift. See you then.

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