Career reformist wins Rochdale by-election

March 2, 2024

So the egocentric opportunist George Galloway is back in parliament. Some say it was a protest against what is going on in Gaza. There may be something in that. Others see it as a rejection of the Westminster parties. One thing it wasn’t was the election of a Socialist MP.

He promised “secure jobs for all in decent conditions with living wages”, “decent, cheap secure housing for all”, “free and comprehensive health care with no waiting lists”, “universal access to a cheap or free fully integrated public transport system”. Like the Labour Party used to (a long time ago). Nice if you could get it but you can’t because the money-wages-profits system that is capitalism cannot be reformed to deliver all that.