May 08, 2005

Call for Paxman's dismissal

From yesterday's Guardian:
Jeremy Paxman's insulting treatment of George Galloway MP on BBC TV in the early hours of the election results programme should result in his immediate dismissal. He not only insulted the victor of Bethnal Green and Bow (Galloway victory a blow for Labour, May 6) by insisting on asking in his first question whether Galloway was proud of defeating a black female MP, he also insulted the 15,801 who voted for Galloway. He also insulted Respect candidates wherever they stood, including neighbouring constituencies where the party gained second places, and Salma Yaqoob's outstanding 10,498 second place in Birmingham Sparkbrook.
Alan Tucker
Solihull, W Mids
And this:
After Oona King's defeat, I found comments by Tony Banks and others patronising and insulting to us British-Bangladeshis/Muslims. Contrary to the pathetic excuses they were making for her, we did not vote against Ms King because she was a woman, or because she was black, or Jewish. She was all those things when we voted for her in 1997 and 2001. We voted her out because she did not listen to us on Iraq. If she had done her job and represented her constituents (rather than pursue her personal ambitions by following Blair) she would still be our MP. Simple.
Suber Akther
London
And finally this:
Whatever one's view is on Iraq, all agree - even anti-war protesters - that Saddam Hussein was an evil man. He should be bracketed with dictators as Hitler and Stalin for crimes against humanity. However, we now have a British MP who bestowed praise on him. I'm thankful I don't live in George Galloway's constituency.
Michael Perry
Baildon, W Yorks

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