How Galloway’s victory in Bradford reflects Future of Imran Khan in Pakistani El

  • How Galloway’s victory in Bradford reflects Future of Imran Khan in Pakistani Election?

    First of all, I congratulate George Galloway for his astonishing victory few days ago in British by election at Bradford. I came to know about George Galloway few years ago when I was searching for some video on YouTube and accidentally open an infamous George Galloway video in which he almost made the arrogant news anchor of Sky TV cry with his logical support for Palestinians and their cause. It was “Wohaa, Who is this guy?” moment for me and after that I followed all news and videos related to him as he become one of my favorite public speaker. The guy is very rational in his speeches and supports Muslim point of view on most of the world issues, but there is still a confusion if a born Roman catholic converted to Islam or not.

    So what really happened there on 30th March 2012? To know the answer, let’s get into the political history of Bradford. Bradford is always considered as Labor’s political stronghold as party keeps its influence on Bradford for over 100 years and never lost a seat since 1974 until now. Bradford consists of Asian majority with a very vibrant Pakistani population. Historical trends show that Asian and Pakistani community always voted for Labors in all past elections, one of the major reasons for consecutive Labor victories for over 3 decades. So what really changed there? Beside the fact that many Pakistani and Asian leaders along with many Muslim religious leaders openly asked their communities to vote for Labor’s candidate, who was also a British Pakistani, more than 50% of the voters voted for George Galloway’s Respect Party.

    As The Guardian pointed out in their news article, the difference was the vote of the rebellious youth, mostly Muslim and Pakistani.

    “But in the final 48 hours, the Respect vote started to surge, especially among Asian youth, opening up a serious possibility that Galloway could be taken back to the Commons only two years after losing in 2010.”

    Every one, including the political analysts considered Labor party as the favorite until the last day and were expecting no competition in the by election but result surprised everyone. Some are considering it as the most sensational victory in British political history that happened only because rebellious Pakistani and Muslim youth voted for Galloway unlike their elders who always voted for Labor party.

    So what is the connection between Galloway’s astonishing victory and Imran Khan’s political future in Pakistan? The connection is rebellious youth who is not ready to vote for the conventional old parties even when their elders are forcing them to. In coming elections, same will happen at number of seats in all over Pakistan where rebellious youth will end the rule of many conventional political families and tycoons. Many are going to loose their family seats they hold for decades just like Labor lost their seat after 30 years. The Pakistani youth knows the people responsible for the plight of Pakistan and they are not going to vote for them anymore. The conduct of Pakistani youth in Bradford elections showed a glimpse of what Pakistani youth is going to do in Pakistan in future elections. I know two things for sure; they are not going to sit in their homes this time on Election Day and they are not going to vote for old political parties.

    I have no doubt in my mind that youth has no choice but Imran Khan as their future leader, the only thing needed is to motivate more and more youth to come out and vote at the day of elections from every corner of the country.

  • It certainly has a lesson for IK, Hafiz Saeed, Munawar Hassan, Hameed Gul and ilk. If they hit the right nodes few of them can sneak-in to the parliament.


  • Yes, This is Global trend, Youth is rejecting old political parties all over the world. French elections are another example.. There will be surprise results in future elections for many, Inshah Allah..

  • Galloway = Imran Khan

    Pakistan = United Kingdom??

    Are we comparing UK/Scotland country side with Thar, mitthi, Bhawalnagar and likes??

  • can Galloway win tell anything about the outcome of Pakistani general elections?

    kia link dhoonda hai aap ne.

    Yes, there is atleast one similarity.

    Galloway has a Harem and so does ???


  • Galloway's number of wives (or rather ex-wives) is closer to SS then IK :)

    I've met Galloway once...good guy.

  • Not only Pakistanis looking for the change there are also other Nations.

    German Pirate Party Attempts to Reinvent Politics

    Germany's Pirate Party has gone from a tiny group of hackers to a significant force in an astoundingly short amount of time. Its growing pains are obvious to all, but the party could succeed in fundamentally changing German politics.

    Now she knows what it's like. Now she knows what politics feels like. It can hurt, and it can be extremely draining. On Thursday evening, Marina Weisband decided she had had enough. She cancelled a television appearance and checked herself in to Berlin's Charité Hospital feeling faint and dizzy.

    By then Weisband, party manager of the Pirate Party, was already familiar with the new rigors of politics and the challenges presented by her own party. She had been in the eye of a shitstorm and had been rudely berated online, all because she had written things that others didn't like.

    Last Thursday evening Weisband, 24, became acquainted with the rigors of the old system. She was a guest on a talk show hosted by Michel Friedman, a member of the center-right Christian Democratic Union (CDU), who accused the Pirates of providing a political home to "Nazis, racists and anti-Semites" -- about the worst possible insult in German politics.

    The accusations stemmed from the fact that some in the Pirate Party had once been members of the right-wing extremist National Democratic Party of Germany (NPD), or had allowed themselves extremely controversial statements about the Third Reich. Weisband didn't seek to defend any of this. On the contrary.

    But it wasn't enough for Friedman. He continued to rage after the broadcast, says Weisband. "You should be ashamed of yourself," he allegedly shouted at her. "The Pirates shouldn't even exist." After withstanding this attack, Weisband was scheduled to appear on a talk show hosted by journalist Maybrit Illner. But shortly before the program was to begin, she realized that something was wrong, that she couldn't handle it all anymore, and she had someone take her to the hospital.

    Weisband had experienced how difficult it can be to come to grips with this rigid system, with all its rules and taboos.

    Too Good to Be True

    The Pirates' goal is to change this. They want to establish new rules and a new way of engaging in politics. But now they are running into problems. The system is fighting back, and it's thankful that the Pirates are having a problem with a few members with radical right-wing views.

    The situation is such that party leaders, on the eve of their national convention this weekend in Neumünster, are unable to savor their outstanding survey numbers at the moment. Opinion polls show the Pirates would capture up to 13 percent of votes were elections held this Sunday, which would place them neck and neck with the Green Party and well ahead of the Left Party and the business-friendly Free Democratic Party (FDP). Almost one in three Germans can imagine voting for the Pirates. They are skimming off support from all parties. More importantly, however, they are attracting new potential voters.

    It sounds almost too good to be true, a party of computer nerds and freaks, a party of political neophytes, electrifying a large share of German citizens. Avanti Dilettanti -- they wish these amateurs all the best. The Pirates give them renewed hope that politics could be better than it is.

    The same hope existed once before, not too long ago. Only a year-and-a-half ago, many Germans believed that a man named Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg could reinvigorate politics. Extremely popular, the young, dashing Guttenberg had quickly become a powerful fixture in Chancellor Angela Merkel's cabinet and many had thought he had the stuff to become chancellor himself one day. He was as close to a star as it gets in German politics. But those hopes were dashed when it was revealed that Guttenberg had plagiarized large parts of his doctoral thesis, and he was forced to resign as minister of defense.

    This says nothing about the Pirates and their prospects of success. It only says that the German people are both deeply disappointed with politics-as-usual and have a great longing for something different. Many people no longer trust conventional politicians. They are tired of the rituals, and they want to be consulted. They want to know what is happening and why, and they want to participate and have their say.

    Why the Pirates Are Successful

    This is precisely the Pirates' biggest attraction: transparency and participation, as well as a healthy dose of freshness and otherness. This sometimes makes the Pirates seem childishly naïve and chaotic, and yet they seek to make do without backroom backslapping and conventional political smoothness.

    The hotly debated childcare subsidy issue is a perfect example of why the Pirates are successful. The idea, which would provide stay-at-home parents state money for their troubles, is a controversial one. Many say it reinforces an antiquated view of the family, others say it would provide an incentive for poor, immigrant families to keep their children at home, thus delaying their acquisition of the German language until their first years in school.

    But because Horst Seehofer, the chairman of the conservative Christian Social Union (CSU) -- the influential sister party to Merkel's CDU -- wants it to happen, Chancellor Angela Merkel says that it has to happen. And that's that. Conservatives in parliament are expected to toe the line and vote for the legislation, even though many oppose it. This is traditional politics in its worst form: wheeling and dealing, and the expectation that the rank and file will accept a decision handed down from above. One can only hope that this system will be revamped.

    The Pirates want to give it a try. In other words, it isn't just a matter of whether yet another party has acquired seats in the German parliament. Instead, it's about the bigger picture, about the question of whether politics will remain as it is or will improve.

    Pirate Communication

    Yet, it isn't so easy to revitalize a 63-year-old system, especially one that has also proven to be successful in many respects. It defends itself, but more than anything it absorbs challengers. Adversaries will be subsumed and changed, not the other way around. And that is precisely where we are today. Will the Pirates succeed in changing the system, or is the system changing the Pirates?

    Their tools are the Internet and the computer, which they use to develop their policies. To understand the Pirates, it's important to understand how they communicate with one another.

    Their system, such as it is, can be illustrated by the case of Christopher Lauer, a 27-year-old member of the legislature in the city-state of Berlin. Recently, he came up with the idea of extending the terms of party leaders from one year to two, arguing that the party needs continuity in its leadership. The proposal will be put up for a vote at the party convention this weekend.

    Lauer, though, wants to know what the Pirates think about his proposal before that, and he wants a recommendation from the grassroots to take to the convention. To that end, he uses the Liquid Feedback voting software to introduce his motion. Party members who have registered are entitled to vote.

    The discussion takes place simultaneously on a Pirate Pad, an online document to which everyone can contribute. Lauer also promotes his proposal on Twitter, where he currently has 14,000 followers. Marina Weisband immediately retweets his idea to her own followers, of which she has 25,000. In this way, all it takes are a few clicks before Lauer's idea reaches the majority of the party base.

  • I already wrote in that article, Galloway won because of Pakistani youth. They revolt against the party loyalties of their elders, and in result Labor lost the seat they held for decades. This indicates the conduct of Pakistani Youth and their mood.

  • Aray baba, Badford kee Kashmiri/Punjabi youth aur Pakistani youth are not the same animals. zameen aasmaan kaa difference.

    Their issues, problems, aspirations and priorities and how they prioritize them are aaallll different.

  • Winning one seat from urban area can not be a barometer for the rest of the country.

    Even if i take one for one, youth of Lahore can not be compared with youth of tharparkar..

  • I was onace reading a book about our soldiers in Indian jail after 71 war. Tehre was an interesting story about 2 officers who would link every incident in the world with their release such as financial issues in Europe will cause a reduction in Indian export which in turn will cause economic problems in India which will result in poverty which will result in demonstrations which will result in Indian awam asking for government to cut its expenses which will cause Indian government to release them...hahaahha