From today's Herald in Scotland. I know who needs a good kicking...... Galloway: I hope they stay in Iraq theyll get a kicking PHIL MILLER August 18 2004 GEORGE Galloway, the rebel MP, yesterday said he hoped that US and British forces in Iraq will stay there so they can receive a "bloody good hiding" from the Iraqi armed resistance to the occupation. Mr Galloway, who said he would stand as a candidate for his new party, Respect, at the next general election, was asked at a packed session at the Edinburgh International Book Festival whether he wanted the troops to be withdrawn from Iraq. He said: "In a perverse way I hope they stay there. If they stay there they will get a bloody good hiding. "The Vietnamese gave them a bloody good hiding 30 years ago and they did not invade another country for a long time afterwards. "And the Iraqi people are giving them a hiding day and daily and will continue to do so in increasing numbers as long as they stay there." The Glasgow Kelvin MP, who was expelled from the Labour party last October, also suggested that the resistance against coalition forces made it less likely that President George W Bush would invade other countries, such as Iran. He also prophesied gloom for the Middle East. He said he had lost faith in the "two state" solution for Israel and Palestine and said Israel's future was "blood and war for many decades". He added: "There is no prospect for a peaceful solution, there is no peace process, there is only endless war. I supported Arafat and the Oslo treaty but the time for the two state solution is almost certainly gone." Mr Galloway was speaking at the book festival, which is sponsored by The Herald and the Sunday Herald, to promote his latest book, I'm Not the Only One. He prompted some jeers from the audience when he poured scorn on the idea of Scottish independence. He described the idea as "bonkers" despite Respect's electoral pact with the Scottish Socialist party, which advocates separation from the UK. The MP said Respect would field between 25 and 100 candidates in England and Wales in next year's general election, and hoped soon to announce his target constituency, somewhere in east London.