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.