What the papers say: Galloway blasted for his BB gamble

As political gambles go, George Galloway’s Celebrity Big Brother entry seems to be right up there with Charles Kennedy’s drink confession.

Will it, as Galloway hopes, provide him with an opportunity to influence young voters on the Iraq war? Or will 'nudity, intoxicated sex and swearing' (The Independent, 6 January) damage the maverick MP beyond repair?

Weekend media comment was not promising: 'A farcical and distasteful stunt – even for him' (The Scotsman, 7 January); 'BB has demeaned itself and Channel 4 has made a huge mistake' (The Sun, 6 January); 'What sign is it giving the Muslim community?' (utv.co.uk, 6 January). But it will be the voters of Bethnal Green and their interests in a different house that will
decide Galloway's fate. 'His constituents have been left without help... and without a voice in Parliament,' noted The Daily Telegraph (7 January), setting the tone for a possible three weeks of damaging coverage (unless he is an early evictee).

The Evening Standard followed suite, noting: 'George misses the vote' (9 January).

Galloway may conclude that disco dancing with Tariq Aziz was a much more pleasant experience than living in the BB house.

Analysis conducted by Echo Research from data supplied to PRWeek from NewsNow.

www.echoresearch.com www.newsnow.co.uk

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