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I'm Not the Only One based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
This book is loud. It speaks as a politician from a platform, a fiery diatribe of the present British and American governments, a powerful campaign for peace and social justice and a polemic on the writer's long-time commitment to the people of Iraq and Palestine. Galloway is one of the most eloquent and progressive international voices of global dissent and his public profile is one of a fiery left-winger advocating redistribution of wealth, greater spending on welfare benefits, and extensive nationalisation of large industries. Galloway is known for his socialist views, confrontational style, and rhetorical skill. It is not surprising that much of what he writes in I'm Not the Only One is echoed in the various public utterances over the world. The other members of the Respect coalition include the Socialist Workers Party, members of the Muslim Association of Britain and the Muslim Council of Britain. Supporters include the film director Ken Loach, playwright and Nobel laureate in Literature Harold Pinter, the International Socialist Group and the Socialist Unity Network. The party was originally launched by The Guardian journalist George Monbiot and Birmingham Stop the War Coalition chair Salma Yacoob. However, the alliance implied in I'm Not the Only One, goes beyond a party membership and support structure. It embraces a world that is fundamentally anti-imperialist and anti-war. So the noise that emanates from its pages, sounding like political rhetoric and diatribe is really a speech to a mass audience, interspersed with more subdued moments, as if in an interview. A significant interview moment is his confession that his greatest political blunder--which should be distinguished from the worse-than-a-crime blunder of Bush and Blair-- is his most unfortunate utterance at his first meeting with Saddam Hussein. On meeting the dictator he said, 'Sir, I salute your courage, your strength, your indefatigability.' George Galloway, warts and all, is a towering political foe. No man is incorruptible and that is why so many have tried to corrupt him and charge him of corruption, but without success. He remains a credible icon of the anti- imperialist and anti-war struggle because he has a record going back over thirty years, when the idea of fighting for Palestine was never popular in Europe. In his own words: 'I was against it because I was against it. Not because of a head count.'