Hudson steps down

Posted on September 4, 2012

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written by Robert Pollard

Respect Party candidate stepping down after vile Galloway comments.

Kate Hudson has released a statement today outlining her decision to step down as the Respect candidate at the Manchester Central by-election because of her opposition to the recent comments from George Galloway concerning rape. It is a rare piece of political honesty and decency that deserves admiration.

For those not aware, Galloway, in relation to the Julian Assange allegations, said:

Even taken at its worst, if the allegations made by these two women were true, 100% true, and even if a camera in the room captured them, they don’t constitute rape. At least not rape as anyone with any sense can possibly recognise it. And somebody has to say this.

Woman A met Julian Assange, invited him back to her flat, gave him dinner, went to bed with him, had consensual sex with him, claims that she woke up to him having sex with her again. This is something which can happen, you know. I mean, not everybody needs to be asked prior to each insertion.

She claimed that while she did have consensual sex with him, the condom ripped and yet he continued to do it. Now you wouldn’t just need to be in the room with the two of them to know the truth of this allegation. I don’t want to take the biology too far, but you would actually need to be somewhere located inside the woman to know if that allegation were true. And if it were true, is it rape?

Needless to say, shocking stuff from the man once caught on camera pretending to be a cat. Hudson rightly believes these comments are ludicrous and dangerous, and not in-keeping with her political values, saying:

It is with a heavy heart that I have decided to stand down as Respect Party candidate for the Manchester Central by-election. This has been a difficult decision to make because I am in no doubt that the Respect Party has the right policies to meet the challenges facing Britain today, and that its redistributive anti-austerity and pro-investment platform is exactly what is needed to turn around Britain’s failing economy and meet the needs of Britain’s population. Political events across Europe demonstrate that Respect is not alone in working to fill the political space vacated by Labour and its sister social democrat parties as they have moved to the right and embraced neo-liberalism, from Greece to France and now Holland.

However, I cannot in all conscience, stand as candidate for a party whose only MP has made unacceptable and un-retracted statements about the nature of rape. To continue as Respect Party candidate in this situation, no matter how much I object to and oppose his statements personally, would be in effect to condone what he has said. That is something I am not prepared to do.

She went on to praise party leader Salma Yaqoob’s rebuttal of Galloway’s nonsense, before continuing:

To continue to represent the Respect Party in this context does not accord with my political principles, which include the continuing struggle for justice and respect for women, as well as fighting against austerity, war and racism.

Brilliant stuff from Hudson who should be praised for her actions. The people involved in politics, quite rightly, get stick for their lack of morals and values. Here is an example of someone putting their beliefs before their career. Good on her.

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