ALLEGATIONS AGAINST George Galloway in a US paper that he was paid $10 million by Saddam Hussein were 'false and without foundation', the High Court has ruled. The Christian Science Monitor based its libellous article on forged documents supposedly from 1992-3, which in reality were only a few months old when they were 'discovered' in post-Saddam Baghdad.
It has had to pay Galloway substantial damages. He says, 'This settlement demonstrates there was a dirty tricks campaign mounted against me and other prominent opponents of the war.'
He also received an apology from another source of a hate campaign against him. Pro-war columnist Julie Burchill had used her regular space in the Times to accuse him of ransacking a female friend's flat. 'These accusations were entirely untrue,' she was forced to write last Saturday. 'And the ungracious comments I made about Respect, the new political party for which George Galloway will be a candidate in the European elections in June, were therefore totally inappropriate.'
No Brown threat to the fat cats
BRITISH COMPANIES are still awarding their executives massive pay bonuses despite a press and shareholder outcry. GlaxoSmithKline gave its former chairman Sir Richard Sykes £941,000 for retaining share options rather than selling them in 2000.
Niall Fitzgerald will get £500,000 a year when he takes over at Reuters in October. Peter Middleton, chairman of Barclays, is on £528,000, Lord Maclaurin at Vodafone gets £463,000 and Royal Bank of Scotland's George Mathewson is on £468,000.
The figures emerged just days after Gordon Brown used his budget speech to announce that tens of thousands of low paid civil servants face the sack.
Sick stunt by Nazi BNP
THE BRITISH National Party (BNP) has ignored the wishes of a grieving mother in Glasgow and tried to whip up racism in the wake of her son's death. Kriss Donald was killed on Thursday of last week. Press reports claimed a group of young Asian men were at the scene.
But Kriss's mother said it did not matter to her what colour the men were, and urged the public not to target Asians in the area. The BNP was eager to stir up hatred, and leader Nick Griffin headed to Glasgow. But the strength of feeling in the area has prevented the BNP exploiting the tragedy.