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George Galloway took his residency on Channel Five’s The Wright Stuff as an opportunity to talk back after he received negative coverage in the press after his startling claim yesterday on the show that the boyfriend of a gay Iranian asylum seeker had not been executed for being gay but for abusive sex crimes.

When called on to provide evidence for this outrageous claim, Galloway did his usual obfuscation and bluster routine, masking – he hopes – that he has no evidence whatsoever for his allegations.

But on The Wright Stuff, he just digs in deeper. Watch this:

So, if Mr Galloway is to be believed, gay people meet ope

He says he can’t accept the “propaganda” that people get hanged in Iran for being gay. “They don’t” he claims emphatically.

The goes on to suggest that the main square in Tehran is like Old Compton Street. “Gay people meet there, form trysts, and go off together” he says. The BBC filmed it, he claims.

He says that stories about persecution of gays are part of the pro-war propaganda or, as he colourfully puts it, “giving the khaki war machine a tinge of pink”.

When confronted by presented Matthew Wright with his unequivocal statement of yesterday, he deflected with the non-sequitur that “the truth is that many religions and many countries are against gay people”

He at least concedes that Iran is “a place that doesn’t like gay people very much”.

And then came his final piece of revolting moral relativism:

“Oppression of gay people is true in Texas, it’s true in Tokyo, it’s true in Tunbridge Wells, and it’s true in Tehran. Because all religions and all societies discriminate against gay people.”

Really… well, here’s Texas Gay Pride (starting off with a brunch hosted by the Dell Jewish Community Campus)… here’s a gay guide to Tokyo listing bars, clubs and community centres…. here’s information on hosting your gay wedding in Tunbridge Wells… and here’s some background on how to get executed by the Tehran regime.

In other, wholly unrelated news, Galloway has been commissioned to make a 13 part show for Iranian television channel, PressTV, which is wholly funded by the Iranian Government.