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Oil Be Back

by | 25th, October 2005

‘SINCE Saddam Hussein’s removal from office, George Galloway’s moustache has become the most recognisable strip of facial hair in politics.

There’s George’s moustache in the Times, appearing alongside a story that its owner faces possible criminal charges after the US Senate investigation tracked £85,000 in Iraqi oil money to his wife’s bank account in Jordan.

The Senate Permanent Sub-committee on Investigations has concluded that Galloway gave “false and misleading” testimony when he appeared before it in May.

“Galloway was anything but straight with the Congress,” says Senator Norm Coleman, the sub-committee’s chairman. “He was anything but straight with the American people. There was a lot of bombast. There was a lot of sound and fury signifying nothing.”

Some of Galloway’s rhetoric is recalled on the Telegraph’s front page. There the paper remembers Galloway’s bravura performance before the committee. “You have nothing on me, Senator, except my name on a list of names from Iraq,” said Galloway to Coleman.

He later added: “What counts is not the names on the paper; what counts is where’s the money, Senator?”

Well, some months on, the Senator thinks he knows the answer to Galloway’s question. He claims that Galloway was granted oil allocation from Iraq, under the multimillion-pound oil-for-food programme – intended to help the needy and used by Saddam to reward his friends and allies, the Telegraph says.

But Galloway claims he’s innocent. An assistant to the MP, Ron McKay, tells the Guardian: ‘If such an allegation has been made, George denies it absolutely and is ready to fly to the US tomorrow if Coleman brings these charges and it will all be sorted in court.”

As will his moustache…’

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