Much unkind comment has been passed on George Galloway, MP for Bradford West. He is accused of being a "pimp for fascism", of operating an unregistered charity for personal gain, of sucking up to Saddam Hussein and, perhaps most damningly, of killing satire with a rusty crowbar and leaving it to rot in a ditch.
Single-issue politics increasingly manages to grab the attention of our younger generations. The tsunami-like popularity of social networks has enabled these issues to become generated by people and organisations that operate without large party machinery, political persuasion and corporate donations.
In the early hours of last Friday morning, as the result of the Bradford West by-election was announced, it became obvious that Mr George Galloway was seriously guilty of stockpiling votes. This was, we know, a selfish and reckless thing to do, and in the process several of the other political parties got badly burned.