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25/01/06
Galloway Out In Time for Burns Night.  Image:  Channel 4Galloway Out In Time for Burns Night
- Win in court could soften fall out from Big Brother debacle

GEORGE GALLOWAY is hot favourite to be voted out of the Big Brother house today, just in time for Burns Night.

Nothing to do with fellow housemate Pete Burns, of course, but the day all true Scots celebrate the life and writings of Robert Burns, Scotland’s national poet.

If that wasn’t good timing enough, the anti-war MP for Bethnal Green in east London, has also today won a court case with the Daily Telegraph. The paper lost its appeal against a High Court judgement that it libelled Galloway by saying he accepted oil money from the regime of Saddam Hussein.

Had he lost, Galloway would have in the hole to the tune of over a million pounds in costs, but now gets to keep the UKP120,000 he won in he original libel trial.

Galloway can carry on the celebrations until Saturday when his Respect Party holds its Burns night event. The party’s website advertises the do with these lines from Burns: “Like brethren in a common cause, We’d on each other smile, man.”

Very apposite, with Galloway’s brethren in the House of Commons lining up to smile on him. “When he returns to the House of Commons there is going to be such a chorus of 'Meow'; he'll have a saucer of milk waiting for him and a litter tray,” said Labour MP Steve Pound in reference to Galloway’s now infamous antics in the BB house.

Ah well, cat, bully, bore, cigar-stub smoker, George can console himself with the thought that a man’s a man for all that.



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