“They did not vote for him because he was promising them better public services. They did not vote for him, indeed, on account of any British domestic issues. They did so because he tailored his message to appeal to their religious passions and prejudices about conflicts abroad.
Most commentators have dismissed this victory as a shocking one-off with no further significance than an upset by an entertaining maverick.
Not so. For with Galloway’s election, religious extremism has become for the first time a potential game-changer in British politics.”