In a debate on TV and religion in Edinburgh, George Galloway, MP for Bethnal Green and Bow, somewhat unwisely went toe-to-toe with Salman Rushdie. He said TV executives had to be “very sensitive about people’s religion” otherwise they “had to deal with the consequences”.
Is that a threat?
and went on to describe Galloway as “craven”.
The simple fact is that any system of ideas that decides you have to ringfence it, that you cannot discuss it in fundamental terms, that you can’t say that this bit of it is junk, or that bit is oppressive … we are supposed to respect that?
And on 14 September “Gorgeous” George is debating Christopher Hitchens in New York. More balls than brains, obviously.