George Galloway has said the assassination of Tony Blair would be “morally justified” given his support for the war in Iraq.
The anti-war Respect MP said a suicide bomb attack on the prime minister would be “morally equivalent to ordering the deaths of thousands of innocent people in Iraq as Blair did”.
The controversial leftwinger added that he was not calling for such an attack and that he would tip off the authorities if he knew of one.
But his remarks provoked a furious response, with one Labour MP calling him “disgraceful” and “twisted”.
In an interview for GQ magazine with the former editor of the Daily Mirror, Piers Morgan, Mr Galloway was asked whether the assassination of Mr Blair by a suicide bomber would be justified, if there were no other casualties.
He replied: “Yes, it would be morally justified. I am not calling for it, but if it happened I believe it would be of a wholly different moral order to the events of 7/7.
“It would be entirely logical and explicable. And morally equivalent to ordering the deaths of thousands of innocent people in Iraq as Blair did.”
If the purpose of such a statement is to shock, well it worked. I am shocked and appalled. I don’t see any justification for such remarks, but then again Galloway is not known for being bright.