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George and Mark: Pushing the envelope


George Galloway and Mark Oaten appear to have decided to challenge the "any publicity is good publicity" theory. I have frequently qualified the statement as almost any publicity is good publicity.

With Mark Oaten it is entirely clear that the particular NOTW article is not good publicity. The situation for George Galloway will not be entirely clear until the dust has settled when he leaves the "Big Brother House".

On one side he will continually have replayed the cat act and the photo above. On the other hand he may end up on loads of chat shows. He may even become "Chatshow Georgie". In the mean time Channel 4 will have paid him a reasonably substantial fee.

I suppose if he is aiming for an income as a chat show guest then that will give him a chance. He would, however, have to find even more absurd things to do than those he has done on Big Brother.

In the mean time the NHS is in a financial crisis, strife in Iraq continues and the country's energy balance is on a knifeedge.

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