George Galloway, the leader of the vanity party, Respect, is standing in Bethnal against Oona King and it seems to be a nasty little fight. She's already had to apologise and pay damages regarding comments made last year and there have been allegations of anti-semitism against his supporters.
You may agree or disagree with Oona King's support for the Iraq war, but don't forget that Galloway travelled to Iraq and praised Saddam - 'Sir, I salute your courage, your strength, your indefatigability. And I want you to know that we are with you 'hatta al-nasr, hatta al-nasr, hatta alQuds' [until victory, until victory, until Jerusalem].' He's stated that he believes that Tariq Aziz, a man as steeped in blood as Saddam, is a 'political prisoner'. However you cut it, the Baathist regime was an evil, murderous, fascistic state modelled on a Stalinist structure. There's not really a lot worth supporting there. Not that it stops Galloway.
Nick Cohen wrote about this in the New Statesman before the local elections last year and he returns to it in the Observer today, reminding us of another former Labour politician who stood in the East End and supported an evil regime. He's been joined by AA Gill, who casts an acidic eye over both candidates, but reserves a special bile for Gorgeous George and his Mercedes. Even Cherie has been down there, rallying the troops.
This chunk of the left has cheerfully thrown away concepts of justice and freedom in their pursuit of power. To gain electoral support, they pander to a minority, extreme religious viewpoint, but if they win, this core vote will demand that they repay the debt. Having already sold their souls, what else have they to offer?
Keep an eye on Harry's Place and Respectwatch for updates on this unholy alliance of leftists, fascists and religious zealots.