Anywhere-but-Bradford-West MP George Galloway’s latest extra-parliamentary gig is a fortnightly show for the Lebanese TV channel al-Mayadeen, allegedly funded by Syria and Iran.
According to the Register of Members’ Interests, Galloway will earn £3,000 an episode – or a yearly income of £78,000 – on top of his MP’s salary. The TV station will also cover the cost of regular trips to Lebanon to pre-record the programme.
Galloway, who represents Bradford West in the Commons, also presents a weekly slot on the Iranian state-owned media corporation Press TV but the job is currently unpaid.
So Galloway is now working as a pro bono propagandist for the Islamic Republic of Iran? His shred of mercenary dignity has been stripped away. On the other hand, the funding for Press TV and al-Mayadeen probably comes from the same source.
Anyway I suspect al-Mayadeen will be vetting their studio audiences a little more carefully after this remarkable exchange:
(Hat tip: DaveM)