Whistling the dogs of Bradford

Francis Sedgemore, Friday 30 March 2012 at 8:59 UTC

Dog whistle politics is generally frowned upon across the board, but not out of any sense of moral elevation from the gutter. It is too risky a strategy when everyone has something to hide, however small, and for that reason establishment politicians tend to stay clear of it.

This general rule doesn’t apply in the case of minority sectarian forces led by shameless opportunists. Especially when said opportunists were once part of the establishment, but were then cast into the political wilderness by their peers, and today bear the scars of previous battles with an enormous chip on the shoulder.

Oswald Mosley‘s legacy is an enduring one.

From Gorgeous George Galloway (newly re-suffixed MP)…

“God KNOWS who is a Muslim. And he KNOWS who is not. Instinctively, so do you. Let me point out to all the Muslim brothers and sisters what I stand for:

“I, George Galloway, do not drink alcohol and never have. Ask yourself if you believe the other candidate in this election can say that truthfully.”

From the Muslim Public Affairs Committee…

“Thirsty Imran Hussain (hic) likes his refreshments; and campaigning in this unseasonally good weather is thirsty work indeed.”

“Make no mistake, George Galloway is giving Hussain a real run for his money. Respect and Labour are neck and neck and Respect have the capacity to deliver a historic blow to Labour’s strangle-hold in Bradford. In fact, George could end up giving Imran “both barrels” (but not the barrels Imran was hoping for).”

Imran Hussain is the defeated Labour candidate in the Bradford by-election.

The thing is, George Galloway has nothing to lose and everything to gain in adopting such tactics, and he has the political experience to carry it off. As for his stunning victory last night, one cannot reasonably challenge such a large swing in the vote, but it could be informative to look at the detailed voting patterns, and especially the numbers and breakdown of postal ballots.