(c) Doc Hackenbush 2014
Unfortunately for this new and allegedly very wonderful incarnation of the People’s Front Of Judea, it kicked off in a way they would rather it not have done when Nigel “Thirsty” Farage introduced his new bestest pal, surprise guest George Galloway. The dismay among assembled pundits was as nothing to the realisation, somewhere in a reassuringly expensive corner of Manhattan, that the Brexit dream had been irredeemably damaged.
Yes, the mood of (thankfully) former Tory MP Louise Mensch darkened by the minute as the realisation of Galloway’s presence sank home. From trilling “Cameron's deal - ‘Taking the Peace in Our Time’” (had she read it? Had she heck), the mood began to darken. “SO GLAD @Grassroots_Out supporters ditched the failing org and left the rally when Farage dragged in misogynistic prat Galloway” she observed.
She now knew that her branch of the PFJ was the real one: “No easy way to say it but any MP who allows Galloway on a platform with them loses cred and votes. @vote_leave designated for sure”. And she knew who was to blame for Galloway’s appearance: “Raheem and Nigel strike again. Now get lost and let @vote_leave deliver”.
But the damage was done, and slowly reality was dawning over New York City. “Clear Farage wants to stay in and protect his pay packet” she grumbled, before losing it completely. Galloway made it a totally cross-party campaign? “Fuck off. How dare you invite that misogynist smearer of 15 year old forced marriage victims. You are toxic”.
The ranting, coupled with the realisation of powerlessness, continued after Raheem “Call me Ray” Kassam intervened to explain why the former Respect MP had been there. This did not impress Ms Mensch one bit: “You fucked up”. UKIP spinner Gawain Towler fared no better as he had the audacity to do no more than record the occasion: “Disaster towler. Worst Farage fail ever. Vote leave will take #Brexit from here thanks”.
It got worse: after Kassam claimed that Galloway’s presence made sense for Grassroots Out, she went into auto-rant mode. “Bollocks. Fuck right off then fuck of some more after that. Omnishambolic”. Even Stephen Bush of the Staggers got it in the neck for pointing out that GO had representation from across the political spectrum: “Utter bollocks. @vote_leave has Labour MPs, UKIP MPs and MEPs and Deputy chairman, cabinet ministers too”. Sadly, Ms Mensch is out of power, and out of credibility.