More than a year has passed since Galloway’s remarkable by-election victory here in 2012, yet glancing around the place one could be forgiven for thinking he’d moved in yesterday. The walls are almost completely bare - save for an out of date, heart shaped Hugo Chavez election flier and a notice board with a “boycott Israel” poster pinned to it.
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“Very talented, and I helped to encourage her, so on a personal level I feel betrayed by it. But on a political and public level I don’t think it’s very important at all. But personally yeah,” he concedes.
“We’re the one that can win elections, the others cannot, and that’s our role,” says Galloway somewhat dismissively, before adding, “But we wish everybody on the left success in their endeavours.”
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“I was once, I’m glad to say, present at a conversation between Fidel Castro and Hugo Chavez, and Fidel Castro said to Chavez ‘stop talking about socialism, just do socialist things and then people will say ‘that was a good thing! What’s that called?’”
*Correction. This article originally stated that George Galloway was present at the funeral of Hugo Chavez. This error has since been corrected.