Frazer may withdraw Galloway remarks
THE BIGOT AND LOYALIST campaigner Willie Frazer has said he may withdraw some remarks about Respect MP George Galloway which have become the subject of legal action.
The development came as the two parties prepare to go back to court on Friday morning. Mr Frazer also revealed he will defend himself during any future proceedings after he was turned down for legal aid. Mr Galloway went to Belfast High Court this week to seek an injunction as part of a wider claim that comments broadcast on YouTube were defamatory and put his life in danger. The Scottish-born politician claims the remarks constitute a hate speech. They were posted on the video-sharing site by Mr Frazer after the Bradford West MP spoke at the Ulster Hall in Belfast last month during an event picketed by bigoted loyalists. The court heard Mr Galloway was referred to as “being scum/a scumbag, a ‘tramp’, anti-Protestant and in support of those who behead British and American citizens”. Mr Gallowoway denies all the allegations. Mr Frazer on Thuseday night said he may withdraw the word “scumbag”. “I am not getting legal aid because the wife works and I am just a few pound over. would prefer to have legal representation but I am not going to walk away and allow this man to say what he is saying,” he said. “When he is challenged he whinges about his life being in danger.” In an affidavit lodged with the court, the MP claimed Mr Frazer used the opportunity to slander his name with a series of “vitriolic, abusive, sectarian and wholly untrue speeches”. He insisted he is “Britain’s formost opponent of Islamic extreism” and Mr Frazer’s comnents made him feel threatened and harassed. Less than a week later he was attacked in London, Mr Galloway said.
With many thanks to: Connla Young, The Irish News, for the origional story.