Posted on 17/11/2011
Students had the opportunity to fire questions at former MP George Galloway yesterday at a Q&A session organised by the Politics and International Relations Society at Royal Holloway, University of London.
The controversial British politician was invited to the College yesterday (16 November) to give students the opportunity to engage in political debate. He discussed his views on the 2003 Iraq war, sharing with the students anecdotes of his time lobbying the then Prime Minister, Tony Blair.
Galloway spoke of his fierce opposition at the time of the war, which he claims was an illegal invasion that “has cost more than a million lives, maimed millions more and left more than three million people in exile”.
He said: “There is continuing carnage 10 years later. Mass killing continues to happen on a daily basis, innocent people are losing their lives on the reverberations of that war.” He added: “I told Mr Blair that the fall of Bagdad would just be the end of the beginning.”
Galloway’s vociferous opposition to the war led to his expulsion from the Labour Party and led to his founding of the left wing Respect party.
Students took the opportunity to quiz Galloway on Tony Blair, Iran and his own connections to Saddam Hussein, to which he dryly replied that his links had “made him very rich - £2m from the Telegraph”.
Carmen De Jong, Academic Events Coordinator for the Politics and International Relations Society (PIRsoc), who organised the event said: “PIRsoc aims to host a series of interactive seminars by which students can have the opportunity to ask their questions on contemporary issues. The Iraq war is arguably one of the most important events of the 21st century and George Galloway represents one of the few British politicians that took an active stance against the war in his involvement in the Stop the War Coalition..”
The next PIRsoc event is with the Serbian Foreign Minister Mr Vuk Jeremić, who will be visiting the College on 25 November to discuss the challenges Serbia faces in entering the European Union.