George Galloway calls for “sanctions” on Twitter


8:10 am - March 20th 2013

by Sunny Hundal    


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George Galloway MP, seemingly with far too much time on his hand, has launched this ludicrous Early Day Motion:

That this House notes that Twitter is now a very widely used mode of social networking; further notes that Twitter is a US-based enterprise whose primary motivation is to maximise its profits; further notes that Twitter is now used for a variety of criminal activities including sending malicious communications; further notes that Twitter refuses to co-operate with the UK authorities in general and the police in particular in trying to detect the source of criminal communications ‘unless it is a matter of life and death’, to be determined by Twitter; believes that this failure to co-operate with the detection of the sources of criminal behaviour is reprehensible; and calls on the Government to impose sanctions on Twitter until it agrees to fully co-operate with the UK authorities and police in the detection of crime.

I mean, what?!

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That EDM cost about £300 too.

Hi Sunny, this was up on Kebab time 4 days ago > http://kebabtime.blogspot.co.uk/2013/03/geoger-declares-war-on-twitter.html

Well it’s open season on the internet now, isn’t it.

In (small) part thanks to useful idiots like you.

4. margin4error

ha ha – emplyee of dictatorship seeks censorship. Everyone rolls their eyes and ignores.

I might well be wrong, but isn’t George Galloway a prolific user of twitter himself?

I wonder if he has ever tweeted anything that could be considered a “malicious communication?”

I notice he did manage to get away before the JSA vote though.

Has someone been mean to Galloway?

This house notes that George Galloway is, apparently, a prick.

Proud to have been blocked by Galloway for disagreeing with him.

This is exactly what @MoAnsar has been trying to achieve with a petition. They are close twitter friends. Absolutely pathetic.

Galloway:

“further notes that Twitter is a US-based enterprise whose primary motivation is to maximise its profits”

Presumably, if it was a UK-based nationalised company, it would be all right in Georgie’s view – because then he and his like could censor it.

@Billy Bowden

Tut tut. Copying LC’s stories and setting the date on the post to 4 days previous. We’re on to you. 😉

This man is my MP pity me. He is notorious in before for blocking myriad twitter users who disagree with him. Many of then his constituents and (former) voters.

14. JimmyRushmore

George Galloway, friend of tyrants everywhere, strikes again.

further notes that Twitter refuses to co-operate with the UK authorities in general and the police in particular in trying to detect the source of criminal communications ‘unless it is a matter of life and death’, to be determined by Twitter; believes that this failure to co-operate with the detection of the sources of criminal behaviour is reprehensible; and calls on the Government to impose sanctions on Twitter until it agrees to fully co-operate with the UK authorities and police in the detection of crime.

Did I imagine all those people getting their collar felt after posting things on twitter that caused an outrage then or something?

“George Galloway, friend of tyrants everywhere, strikes again.”

Oh please. Go back to screaming for war in 2003.

17. JimmyRushmore

What has the Iraq war got to do with anything? Galloway is a proven friend of and spokesperson for tyrants and tyrannical regimes around the world. Including the regime in Iran that executes children and stones homosexuals to death. That is a matter of public record.

18. couchtripper

I notice you have a ‘comments policy’, you dullard hypocrites.

19. Shatterface

Why doesn’t he just declare war on the internet?

What a dick.

20. Shatterface

Oh please. Go back to screaming for war in 2003.

Most of us who opposed the invasion think our cause would have had more public support without the footage of Creepy George grovelling at the feet of Saddam Hussein.

If Georgeous George hadn’t existed it would have been necessary for Tony Blair to invent him.

I notice you have a ‘comments policy’, you dullard hypocrites.

I’ve been reading Liberal Conspiracy on and off for five years – in which time the iPad has been invented; a man has jumped out of a balloon miles above the earth; I have stopped being a Liberal and Myspace, MJ and Muammar Gaddafi have all lived and died – and people are still whining about the fact that it has a comments policy. For some reason this is comforting to me.

Once again dictator-loving, milk-lapping George Galloway is trying to shut down any criticism of himself. Closing down Twitter wouldn’t do it. Does he really think most people aren’t already aware what a horrible, dictator-loving scumbag he is?

“further notes that Twitter is a US-based enterprise whose primary motivation is to maximise its profits”

Oh the horror!!

@17 – It’s always hilarious when people single out Galloway for criticism for being friends with tyrants.

Over the past 30 years or so, the UK government, both Labour and Tory, has had very close relationships with: the Saudis, Hosni Mubarak, Gadaffi, Pinochet, and dozens more tyrants.

What is it about Galloway that makes his friendships with tyrants particularly unacceptable?

“What is it about Galloway that makes his friendships with tyrants particularly unacceptable?”

His indefatigability.

“What is it about Galloway that makes his friendships with tyrants particularly unacceptable?”

You are being disingenuous. Governments tend to have to deal with unpleasant regimes to some extent. That’s international politics.

Not being in that position, Galloway has no more excuse than you or I for chumming up with them, and yet he has done so with a number of them and with far more of them than your average compromised/cynical politician.

I manage to get through life without ever making speeches saluting blood-soaked dictators or handing over money to terrorists. I dare say you do too.

So what’s George’s excuse?

@couchtripper

I don’t understand why people find this hard to grasp. Freedom of speech is about what governments should and shouldn’t do, in order to maintain a politically healthy society. Long story short, governments shouldn’t ever mess with what people are allowed to say, because in a democratic society you need people to feel free to say what they think without fear of government reprisals.

A comments policy on a website is a totally different thing. You may as well call a pro-free-speech newspaper hypocritical for choosing not to publish an article you send them. People should get to choose what gets published on their own website. Governments should not get to choose what citizens publish in their country. Websites are not governments.

28. Charlieman

@24. Ciaran: “It’s always hilarious when people single out Galloway for criticism for being friends with tyrants.

Over the past 30 years or so, the UK government, both Labour and Tory, has had very close relationships with: the Saudis, Hosni Mubarak, Gadaffi, Pinochet, and dozens more tyrants.”

No, it is not hilarious. Tyranny is not funny.

Galloway is singled out because he has chosen to be singled out; as an individual, he approaches tyrants for a conversation by personal choice. He appears to enjoy his time with them.

UK government officials associate with tyrants by necessity. If you don’t understand diplomacy or accommodation of power, watch the BBC4 repeat of _I, Claudius_.

UK government ministers and minor politicians associate with tyrants by necessity. During that association, they’ll need to say some diplomatic words. After that they need to drench themselves in liberalism.

29. Shatterface

What is it about Galloway that makes his friendships with tyrants particularly unacceptable?

Either his rape-advocacy or his attempt to paint himself as a ‘rebel’.

30. JimmyRushmore

@ 24 – As other posters have pointed out, not due to choice. Nothing would make me more happy than to never give any money to the Saudi regime ever again. But until we have a realistic alternative to oil, we don’t have a choice.

We do however, have the choice not to salute a dictator that uses chemical weapons on Kurdish villages, or to appear on the state TV station of a country that stones women to death, hangs homosexuals, flogs child rape victims etc etc

The man is morally bankrupt. He is the most vile politician ever to disgrace the Commons.

I think this may have something to do with the evolution of Twitter itself. Public figures who are used to being cocooned by adoring yes-men initially were treated as a sort of royalty on Twitter and enjoyed the reverential following.

Now they have discovered that they are just ordinary Twitter users like Joe Bloggs, with no special privilege and as such can expect to get treated as such – whether in the form of intelligent but harsh criticism or simple provocative rudeness.

And there’s nothing they can do about it. It’s not just politicians and celebrities who can’t seem to handle it very well, it’s other groups such as journalists who are not used to people answering them back in a public and possibly embarrassing way.

Welcome back to the real world, George and co. It ain’t going away, no matter how much you stamp your feet.

George galloway , why do lot bother ?
Yawn

# 32

It’s Galloway, not us, who is a abusing his position and wasting public money by trying to censor his critics.

34. Imogen Caterer

What sanctions does he have in mind?

Blocking it from access from UK browsers? China, anyone?

35. white trash

@Lamia 31. You’ve said it right.

@Imogen 34. To judge by how he’s looking and behaving these days, maybe he has chopping off hands in mind?

That should do the trick.

Put a suitable ‘fear of God’ into a few evildoers an’ that.

36. Chaise Guevara

Can we get away from the “Galloway good, Galloway bad” argument here? It’s a bit tired, and I refuse to comment on it (*cough* bad *cough*).

The main point is that Twitter is a medium. Like Facebook, or indeed the internet, or the phone, or that devilish combination of pen and paper. Or human speech. This house moves that people say bad things when talking and therefore we should impose sanctions (whatever the fuck that means) on people talking until further notice.

Let’s stop blaming the wood for the trees.

George Galloway is a tosser, he is questioning about the cost of the Thatcher funeral… at least she earned money for and loved this country.
He on the other hand… has been The ‘Most Expensive MP’, The ‘Most Costliest Backbencher’ in Westminister, for three years in a row.


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