Wednesday, 1 May 2013

What did Galloway and Miliband really discuss?

The Respect MP has threatened "to tell the whole truth" after Labour figures dismissed claims he could rejoin the party.

The Respect MP has threatened "to tell the whole truth".
George Galloway poses for a photograph in front of the Houses of Parliament. Photograph: Getty Images.
Ed Miliband's recent meeting with George Galloway in his Westminster office, revealed in the Mail on Sunday, has unsurprisingly caused consternation in Labour circles. Galloway, who was expelled from the party in 2003 for allegedly urging foreign forces to rise up against British troops (not, as is often mistakenly said, for his opposition to the war), is loathed by MPs and activists for defeating Labour in Bethnal Green and Bow in 2005 and in Bradford West last year, and, more recently, for suggesting that Julian Assange had only been accused of "bad sexual etiquette".
The line from the party is that the meeting was to discuss the recent vote on the constituency boundary changes, rather than any possibility of readmission. But one problem with this claim is that the vote in question was held on 29 January, while the meeting is said to have taken place a few weeks ago. Galloway is certainly hinting that there was more to the tête-à-tête than Labour suggests. After shadow international development secretary Ivan Lewis tweeted: "Re Galloway being allowed to join Labour,more chance of finding Lord Lucan riding Shergar! @Ed_Miliband abhors his values+divisive politics", Galloway replied: "better not tell lies about the meeting Ivan. Or I will have to tell the whole truth...". He later added: "oh......don't tempt me. Ed, rein these people in".
Incidentally, while Galloway vehemently denies that he has any desire to return to Labour, it is worth recalling what former Respect leader Salma Yaqoob had to say about the subject last year. She told the Guardian:
This is the irony – he's always said to me, 'if you have an approach, just make sure that I can come back in'. Ironically, that has not been on the cards. I think it's a great sadness to him, understandably, that he was expelled
That the meeting lasted for nearly an hour and that Miliband asked Galloway why he left Labour ("I didn’t leave, I was thrown out," he replied") certainly suggests that his relationship with the party was discussed.

Derek Boateng
The London Metropolitan Police have launched a murder inquiry following the fatal stabbing of a 16-year old British Ghanaian on his birthday.
Derek Boateng died a day after he was knifed on a Route 393 single-decker bus outside the gates of a school in Highbury, North London in an apparent fight between rival gangs.
The bus performed an emergency stop at Highbury New Park, where the boy was treated by paramedics.
He was taken by air ambulance to an East London hospital but died last night, Scotland Yard said. His next of kin have been informed.
Derek's sister - 29 year-old Gifty Boateng told London Evening Standard: "I could not have had a better brother. He would do things for anyone and ask for nothing in return.
"He was the family handyman and could fix anything and wanted to be an engineer.
"He also loved drumming that was his passion. He was very musical and good at painting and drawing. He also liked football and was good at sports. He had lots of friends and was a loving son to our Mum and Dad."
According to London Evening Standard, Derek who lived with his parents in Hackney, was a former pupil at Highbury Grove School, but had been excluded for bad behaviour and was attending Regent’s Vocational College in Hackney at the time of his death, according to sources.
One report suggested Derek had gone back to the Highbury school to confront an old classmate. A source said: “He and his attacker hung out in rival gangs, that is what caused the problem.”
A 15-year-old boy has been arrested and remains in custody at a North London police station.
Witnesses or anyone with information have been asked to call police on 020 8345 3734, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.


H.E. Mrs. Denise Nkurunziza, First Lady of the Republic of Burundi

In Bujumbura, Burundi Africa on July 2, 2011 Her Excellency, Mrs. Denise Nkurunziza Bucumi, was ordained as a minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Rev. Bishop Dr. Arthur Kitonga a Kenyan preacher and renowned leader of the Redeemed Gospel Church officiated.
            The pastoral ordination of the First Lady of Burundi is the first of it’s kind in the country and all over the world. The service was held in the gardens of the Royal Palm Resort located on Lake Tanganyika.
            Several high-ranking authorities and distinguished guests from abroad were in attendance, including the Queen of Swaziland, Her Royal Highness NOMSA Matsebula. There were clergymen from Tanzania, Rwanda, D.R. Congo, Kenya, South Africa, Sweden and Canada in attendance as well.
            Burundi Head of State, H. E. Pierre Nkurunziza, in his congratulatory message to His spouse, expressed His delight to see the First Lady “chosen by the Almighty to proclaim the Good News.” President Nkurunziza went on to say He would never oppose the mission of the Lord. He instead urged the First Lady to preach the Word of God to the confines of the earth, as Jesus Christ advised his disciples.
            The Father of the Nation took the opportunity to provide advice to His countrymen and women. He preached love and obedience to families and throughout the country recommended following the Holy Scriptures. H. E. Nkurunziza is quoted saying, “Indeed the Bible requires women to obey their husbands, children to obey their parents and husbands to love their wives.” The President also urged the Highest Assembly to be wise, according to the biblical Proverbs in chapter 24, verses 3-5, so as to live harmoniously in their respective families.
            Dr. Clyde Rivers, Honorary Ambassador at large for the Republic of Burundi said, “This is a great day for the Republic of Burundi, the continent of Africa and the Kingdom of God. This is the new Burundi.”