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When politicians surprise Jan 06

Sometimes politicians can really surprise you. There he was on live TV, both shocking and disconcerting.

“Gorgeous” George Galloway is in the Celebrity Big Brother house. I hadn’t heard the rumours so my jar dropped when he appeared. My favourite moment was the gloomy look on Michael Barrymore’s face when he saw Galloway enter.

The producers have put a non-celebrity in the house too. Her task is to convince the others that she’s as much of a celeb as them – and in some cases she is. It shouldn’t be hard – many of them hadn’t heard of each other. Some of the younger ones didn’t even know Rula Lenska. Have they not seen Queen Kong?

There was another news story, of course. Apparently CK is a Leo McGarry. Iain Dale (via Guido) has some thoughts about ITV News’s Daisy McAndrew’s involvement in this revelation, while James Graham has some interesting comments to make. I disagree, though, with his labelling half the LibDem shadow cabinet the “Brutus XI”. Brutus’s lot were quick and effective, not a bunch of ham-fisted bun vendors.

2 Responses

  1. I was shocked to see him enter too (George that is). I saw somebody on College Green at the start but guessed at someone like Andrew Marr. Was expecting Jonny Vegas as the last contestant, so well do BB producers from keeping that one a suprise.

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    If anyone can pull this off george can. He leads a tiny party, with no resources and an anti establishment edge. Doing big brother gives him acres of coverage and name recognition. He has said many times he won’t defend Bethnal green and Bow next time round. This makes me wonder if he is looking at either the london asemmbly or euro list for 08/09?

    no doubt this will provoke people cleverer than me to write essays about pomo politics,celebrity and pop culture. Still as single issues grow, consumerism in politics expands and all parties take on nulabors media tricks then perhaps it was only a matter of time before this happend.