July 30th, 2013

Charity Commission Open Galloway Investigation

Viva Palestina, the dodgy charity founded by George Galloway in 2009 is under statutory inquiry by the Charity Commission for being dodgy. Apparently it has not taken long to work out it is dodgy:

“The charity, which supports people in Palestine, has never filed financial accounts to the Charity Commission.”

Just the casual 900 days overdue…


  1. 1
    George Galloway says:


    Even in summer a little rain must fall.


  2. 2
    This reaction from Bradford just in says:


  3. 3
    barrowboy says:

    Why is one guy rubbing his belly with one hand and tapping his head with the other ? I wish I could do that.


  4. 4
    Village Idiot says:

    …Good job they abstain from alcohol!!


  5. 5
    Sandra in Accounts says:

    If Scotland votes for independence can we deport McJihad & McMental?


    • 32
      Braveheart says:

      No, you can’t. We will declare independence at a moment when they’re both in England and refuse to let them back in. To make doubly sure we will be rebuilding the wall – either Hadrian’s Wall so that we take a decent slice of Northumberland with us or the Antonine Wall so that we get rid of Edinburgh and Glasgow.


  6. 7

    Wonder who launders his money?


  7. 9
    jmf says:

    Who is the tramp on the left?


  8. 10
    Jimmy says:

    The money is just resting in his account.


  9. 11
    Fraser says:

    All talk and no trousers, lots of talk though


  10. 13
    Bob Diamond Geezer says:

    Don’t get overexcited the Charity Commission have a reputation for doing nowt.


  11. 14
    Just sayin' says:

    I remember attempting to post – not here – at the time of Galloway’s win in the election at Bradford that there ought to be an investigation into intimidation and vote rigging, but I was censored.


  12. 16
    a little white lie says:

    I heard on the wireless what seems an excellent ruse where a charity can lend money to somebody and they can then donate it to the charity and claim loads of cash from the government for being so nice, which they can give to the charity, who can lend it out and so on, or something like that


  13. 18
    The savant 10.4 highway patrol says:

    yeah … it’ s not new .

    actually bankers have been doing it since the time of the lombards .

    its called fractional reserve banking to give it a coat of legal veneer .

    effectively a bank can take in ten pounds in depOsits from one client and on the basis of that ten pounds it can lend a furthr 90 pounds to nine other clients because immediately it has lent out this initial money it appears as a liability on its balance sheet .

    the nine clients can each then in turn lend up to 90 pounds to ten other customers and so on . this is what got us into the mess originally . admittedly it took a long time from the time when catherine de medici ‘ s lot dreamt iy all up but we eventually got there ….

    these can then


    • 19
      a little white lie says:

      I used to be under the impression that if you wanted to start a company in, what was W.Germany, that you had to deposit a huge amount of cash with a bank which was untouchable for the purpose of paying off any creditors you might have if you went tits up. I do have the impression that the modern Germany was set up in quite a sensible way compared to our muddled, class ridden ( as was) thinking about industry.


  14. 20
    lexander says:

    ’twas absolutely inevitable. Now somebody must explain the delay. Let’s see if he gets on tv to lie his way out of it.


  15. 21
    Penfold says:

    Hasn’t he got previous with Mariam, subject to Charity Comm censure.

    And also, Interpal, seems to have failed a fitness test given its rather dodgy links.


    • 26
      Anon says:

      Good point, he does have previous for this too


    • 27

      Oh yes, the Mariam Appeal is classic. Let’s never forget that one. If memory serves (and I stand to be corrected) that the Charity Commission had to abandon their investigation because the Appeal’s accounts ended up “lost” in Jordan somewhere. George maintains that this constitutes an exoneration.

      Before that, of course, there was George’s tenure at War on Want. Can someone remind us how many thousands in expenses he had to repay then?


      • 29
        Penfold says:

        From wikipedia:-

        “””From 1983 to 1987, George Galloway was General Secretary of War On Want. The Daily Mirror accused Galloway of living luxuriously at the charity’s expense. An independent auditor cleared him of misuse of funds, though he did repay £1,720 in contested expenses.[citation needed] More than two years after Galloway stepped down as General Secretary to serve as a Labour MP, the British Government’s Charity Commission investigated War on Want, finding accounting irregularities including that the financial reports were “materially mis-stated”[2] from 1985 to 1989, but little evidence that money was used for non-charitable purposes. Galloway had been general secretary for the first three of those years. The commission said responsibility lay largely with auditors and did not single out individuals for blame. War On Want was found to have been insolvent, and subsequently dismissed all its staff and went into administration. It was rescued and relaunched in 1991.”””

        Not proven I’d say………but questions raised!!


  16. 22
    John Tandy says:

    LOL Why am i not surprised ?


  17. 30
    Every thief I've ever come across in a workplace has been a Celtic fan says:

    Who is surprised…isn’t he a Celtic supporter?


  18. 31
    George Galloway says:

    But Owen Jones told me that had filed the accounts 3 Ramadan’s ago.

    Oy Vey,my life already.


  19. 33
    Cider drinker says:

    The charity commision. As much as i dislike Galloway , i wanna tell you a story. Circa 1998. Remember the ‘planes will fall out of the sky’s’ bullshit ? Y2K scare ? They threw everthing out in Taunton , comps , keyboards , printers , servers the lot. Amazing how many Mercs and BMW’s remained in the carpark though . Not an isolated incident i bet.


  20. 34
    socialism is a mental illness says:

    I await the day the wretched, stupid muslims turn on him with relish. See him swinging from a crane by his feet……..lovely.


  21. 35
    paul clayton says:

    civilsociety.co.uk website in an article on governance dated 30th July 2013 is reporting that the Charity Commission is looking into elements of the Viva Palestina charity but make note of the fact that Mr. Galloway has no longer any formal connection to the organisation. If he is not a trustee of the charity then he will have no legal obligations to file accounts. If this is correctly reported it is a none-story!


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