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The Guardian adds a gracenote to the story of George Galloway among the senators: “Before the hearing began, the independent MP…had some scorn to bestow generously upon the pro-war writer Christopher Hitchens. ‘You’re a drink-soaked former Trotskyist popinjay,’ Mr Galloway informed him. ‘Your hands are shaking. You badly need another drink,’ he added later, ignoring Mr Hitchens’s questions…. Eventually Mr Hitchens gave up. ‘You’re a real thug, aren’t you?’ he hissed, stalking away.”

11:40 pm on May 18, 2005