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Sadiq Khan, please stop playing the Muslim card

2 March 2016

5:59 PM

2 March 2016

5:59 PM

Sadiq Khan, I’m sure you and your supporters think you’re being super right-on when you say that it would send a ‘phenomenal message’ to the world if Londoners were to elect their first-ever Muslim mayor in May. But actually you’re playing an incredibly dangerous game. You’re Islamifying what ought to be a straight political contest. You’re turning the vote over who should run London into a test of Londoners’ tolerance of Islam. You’re asking voters to prove they aren’t prejudiced, when all they should be doing is expressing a political preference. Stop it.

The Khan camp has been playing the Muslim card from the get-go. Last year, Khan talked up the ‘phenomenal’ symbolism of London having a Muslim mayor. It would show that Londoners have ‘the confidence, tolerance and respect to vote for someone of a different faith,’ he said. I thought politics was about voting for someone who had the same outlook as you? Now it seems to be about voting for someone who is different to you, to show you aren’t bigoted. And if London doesn’t plumb for Khan? Will that prove the city is unconfident, intolerant, disrespectful?

In recent weeks Khan’s cheerleaders have upped the Muslim ante. Mehdi Hasan writes of the ‘huge symbolism’ of a Muslim win and how it would strike a blow against ‘Islamophobes’. A mass vote for Khan would show that Muslims are ‘allowed to succeed in public life,’ he says. So if you aren’t planning to vote for Khan, what is wrong with you? Don’t you think Muslims should be allowed to succeed in public life? Islamophobe.

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The Guardian has talked up the ‘Muslim factor’ of Khan’s campaign. The New Statesman is excited about the ‘symbolic potency’ of Khan’s candidacy. Ken Livingstone was on TV yesterday going on about the powerful, symbolic message London would send to the world if it chose to install a Muslim mayor. So much symbolism, so little substance.

They use the ‘Muslim factor’ to try to deflect criticism too. If someone calls Khan a ‘radical’, they must be Islamophobic. If someone refers to him as ‘the Muslim’, as one of Zac Goldsmith’s canvassers allegedly did, they must be Islamophobic. Support Khan, and you prove you’re tolerant and that London is good; criticise Khan and perhaps you are anti-Muslim, and perhaps London is not as tolerant as we thought. This is so dangerous.

There is of course a disturbing irony to the fury over that Goldsmith canvasser who in December allegedly referred to Khan as ‘the Muslim’ during a doorstep chat. The Khan camp itself presents Khan as ‘the Muslim’, implicitly inviting us to vote for him for symbolic reasons. Yet when someone else refers to him as ‘the Muslim’, they fume. I’m sorry, but if you make religious identity a part of your candidacy, and, even worse, claim that a vote for this identity would transform London and its global standing, you can’t be surprised when others cite your identity negatively. It’s in the game, it’s fair play. Ugh.

As it happens, I quite like Khan. I’m seriously considering voting for him. I was on Any Questions with him once and he was a gent, and he said some good and interesting things. (I could never vote for Goldsmith, because of his miserabilist eco-nonsense and his mad claims about child abuse.) But the more the Khan camp Islamifies the election, the more I’m put off. I don’t want to be part of a symbolic gesture. Politics should be about ideas, vision, not gestures and spin.

The last thing London needs is the scourge of identity politics. Please stop injecting communalism and religio-ethnic considerations into the mayoral contest. If you’re voting for Khan because he’s a Muslim, you’re no better than those who refuse to vote for him because he’s a Muslim — you’re all judging a candidate by his personal identity rather than by his political vision. I want a visionary mayor, one who does things rather than symbolises things. Is that you, Sadiq? Then you need to do more to prove it. You must prove yourself to London, not the other way round.

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  • Margot5000

    He seems an OK chap but the fact that he is someone who goes to SA (the pits on any country attribute lists) to wander around a bit of rock is a big problem for an awful lot of people. IOW the M problem doesn’t just go away.

  • johnrwalsh

    breaking news , God thinks and Allah agrees that we should stay in the EU

  • johnrwalsh

    th only time his muslimness is important is if he decides to introduce islamic sharia law for london

  • Mr B J Mann

    Mehdi Hasan writes of the ‘huge symbolism’ of a Muslim win and how it would strike a blow against ‘Islamophobes’. A mass vote for Khan would show that Muslims are ‘allowed to succeed in public life,’

    Surely the ‘huge symbolism’ of a Muslim win to ‘Islamophobes’ is that a mass vote for Khan would show that Muslims are not just ‘allowed to succeed in public life,’ but that they really have colonised Londonistan?!

  • Mr B J Mann

    “Last year, Khan talked up the ‘phenomenal’ symbolism of London having a Muslim mayor. It would show that Londoners have ‘the confidence, tolerance and respect to vote for someone of a different faith,’ he said.”

    But Londoners have had the offspring of Turkish immigrants as Mayor for the past two terms!

    Surely Khan should have talked up the ‘phenomenal’ symbolism of London having an ethnic real minority Jewish mayor. It would show that Londoners have ‘the confidence, tolerance and respect to vote for someone of a different faith,’ he should have said.

  • Mr B J Mann

    Why didn’t anyone on the Left/ in a Mosque/ with “liberal’ tendencies suggest turning the vote into a test of certain Londoners’ integration, assimilation, love of peace and tolerance of Judaism by asking voters to prove they aren’t prejudiced and vote Goldschmidt?!

  • Ricardo Hotatio

    He won’t, he will exploit his victory. ‘Hitler could not take London, Mohammed did’.

  • Rover

    He definitely does play the race card. But if he does something like introduces a Land Value Tax, I dont care if he’s an alphi centuari sent from the moon

  • Hameed

    Stop playing Muslim card you say? Why? It works.

  • RightThinkingMan

    Another angry article from an angry white man. You may want to figure out why Khan won? Otherwise, feel free to carry on before and lose again in four years.

  • RightThinkingMan

    Ha – you should have asked Zac the loser the same question

  • balance_and_reason

    I voted against him because he is a muslim…we don’t need medieval bigotry elevated with power over us….prepare to pay the bill.

    • RightThinkingMan

      Its a good job you are irrelevant

      • balance_and_reason

        in a democracy we are all irrelevant individually….that is why the socialist’s have tried so hard to co opt the media…dumb the education down…..expand the state payroll,…..marginalise old institutions; in this way the moronic herd can be driven by the masters to the correct behaviour….welcome to socialism meeting fascism at the 12 o’clock spot on the clock of politics….and you , you are one of the modern day equivalents of stalin’s useful cretins….

        • RightThinkingMan

          I love your plain stupidity. It was Lenin and it was useful idiots. No one has ever voted for you. Because you an idiot full stop. Not useful at all. What is it like living your life, knowing when you die, no one will ever remember your miserable life, apart from the dog that pisses on your gravestone. I love the angry Spectator bigot. So impotent.

          • balance_and_reason

            Lolzapopin….love that you have corrected me as to your actual title…and you are the impotent little rage fest…of course you are; you somehow believe in a doctrine that is bust, failed, valueless….a thieving cancer that relies on lies, deception, dissembling and evasion to conn the electorate to vote you in. Once in, your time is running out as you have no solution other than to spend cash generated by grown ups….when the bank runs dry…its 1979 all over again; same the world over; insanity is making the same mistake time and time and time again….but most of the scum in the Labour movement don’t care, they just want to smoke the crack of power and cash and then leave it to the others to clear up…

  • Ali Sina

    Well, he has been elected, because his strategy has worked. And I am 100% certain a period of nepotism and corruption is sure to follow at London City Hall. London will be poorer for it, and when people realise their mistake they will vote him out at the next chance they get, but the damage will have been done. Let’s at least hope we can still learn from mistakes.

    He says he wants to build a lot of public housing. 50000 units a year. That would cost about 3 billion pounds a year… so obviously he can’t. But nobody even dared to say things in case you become an “islamophobe”.

    I dare say he will build some houses with public money though. He has a lot of people to reward… a big family too…

    And given that a traditional occupation of Muslims tends to be a taxi or mini cab driver, who is surprised one his priorities is “uber”?

    I guess we get the government we deserve….

    • RightThinkingMan

      No one cares what you think. The occupation of the average Spectator reader tends to be some nasty lower middle class job stuck in some back office earning £40k pa

  • niico100

    Why shouldn’t everyone on earth be skeptical of a religion that was invented by a warlord who took a child bride, subjugates women, advocates throwing gays off buildings, taking slaves and promotes violent jihad?

    The irony of progressives supporting a muslim appears to have been lost somewhere. The word ‘feminist’ was even mentioned in his promotional video.

    The problem for the regressive left and feminists now is that a muslim will actually have some power. Lets see if he dare do what his backward religion tells him (all religions are backward).

    By the way – if you are religious and reading this, you really need to deeply question why that is. I suggest starting with the books “The God Delusion”, “God is not great” and “The End of Faith”. What’s wrong – are your views so weak they can’t be exposed to excellent criticism like this? Read – become atheist – spread.

    • RightThinkingMan

      Hmm, lets start with those great Christians – Bush and Blair who killed how many in Iraq – pity you didn’t go. But then you are a coward.

  • Richard Francis

    If London votes for Khan it’s the first brick on the foundation of Sharia.

    • RightThinkingMan

      Hopefully the will build it on our (tiny) head.

  • voidist

    i dont trust khan any further than i could throw a horse…..

  • sebastian2

    “it would send a ‘phenomenal message’ to the world if Londoners were to elect their first-ever Muslim mayor in May.”

    Yes it would. A message of the islamification of London politics. This is not a good message. It is a very bad message. However, since mohammedism is so perniciously invasive of all aspects of life (it is a totalitarian ideology claiming divine credentials) it is no surprise that Khan sees his candidacy in these terms. After all, that’s how mohammedans are taught to view the world. It’s quite healthy and sensible of us not to tolerate it.

    Rejecting him because he’s mohammedan may be a very good reason therefore. It’s possible that, if elected, he would bring to office all the rivalries, divisions, bigotries, and religious pressures that we saw with, for example, the so called Baroness Warsi, the so called Lord Ahmed, the mayoral candidate for Birmingham, and in Tower Hamlets. Of course, he may also be rejected because he’s merely unsuitable or useless although circus apes like the gibbering Mehdi Hasan would never accept that.

    • RightThinkingMan

      Drivel from small man with small head

  • 100

    Yes come on Sadiq Play the white man

  • Russ Littler

    Khan may be a nice man, and he may make a decent mayor, but I cannot support or respect the ideology of Islam. It is not a religion of peace, or a religion of tolerance, and never has been. It is a political doctrine that has a self-confessed agenda, to establish a caliphate in every country in Europe and make non-muslims into slaves or put them to the sword. There are those who would say that I’m Islamophobic, but when you look at the definition of “phobia” it says: “one who has an irrational fear of something”. As we have seen over the last 20 years ( right across the world) it is not irrational to fear Islam and all it stands for. It would be hypocritical to vote for such an “extreme” ideology in my view, for it is entirely juxt-opposed to western culture, democracy, values, and ideals of tolerance. To live in peace and harmony with many ethnic races and many different religions, Islam would need to give their full respect, tolerance and blessing to the religion of others in the host nation, but this is against the teaching of the Qo’ran and the majority of Imams. So where does that leave western people? Do we ignore it, and pretend there is no such agenda? Do we keep extending the hand of tolerance, only to have it crushed by yet another bombing, beheading, or shooting, in the name of Allah? Do we have the right to try and preserve our own Judeo-Christian culture? “We”, have been placed in a very difficult position by our politicians, for no matter how hard we may try to be a tolerant, understanding society, one “faction” does everything it can to make sure that assimilation, integration and peace cannot reign, because they simply do not want to live as “equals”. Western people did not set out to “fear” Islam, Muslims have planted that seed by their own actions.

    • RightThinkingMan

      What just like the great Christians, Bush and Blair. How many did they kill in Iraq?

      • Russ Littler

        Are you apologising for Islam? are you saying it’s all OK because two political idiots took matters into their own hands against the wishes of the electorate? Two wrongs never make a right. However I grant you that we (UK & US) should stop interfering in other peoples affairs but our elected politicians simply ignore our wishes and voices.

        • RightThinkingMan

          Two Christians. Goodly Christian men who went to church and then went out and butchered 800k people. That’s Christians for you. Barbaric, heh?

  • zapper

    Islam and the west are 100 % incompatible. Or are you about to get the women in London ready to wear burkas ?? nahh I don´t think so. Allah is a phantom commander, but it´s orders are carried out often in violent, dangerous unspeakable manner. Allah has no place inside western civilization. So why is a Muslim trying to become mayor in London? makes no sense. If Religious fanatics could be reasoned with, there wouldn´t be any religious fanatics in the first place. Let muslims in muslimland or whatever, and let them kill themselves there or whatever their phantom ruler commands them to do. In the real world we need real people making decisions

    • tamimisledus

      For a muslim, a muslim Lord Mayor of London, just like a muslim mayor of Tower Hamlets, makes absolute sense. That is one of the ways in which muslims plan to take over the West so that, as through all islamic history, they will be able to plunder and pillage the wealth of non-muslims. A wea

      • RightThinkingMan

        What just like Bush and Blair killing 800k in Iraq. All through history, Christians have plundered the wealth of non muslims. Ugh!

        • tamimisledus

          People from “Christian countries” have given much more than they have taken.
          muslims have always taken and never give anything.

    • RightThinkingMan

      Christianity and peace are 100% compatible. I mean how many did Bush kill in Iraq?

  • Mhjames

    ‘I think Londoners should vote for Zac Goldsmith as a symbolic gesture of solidarity with Jews. If they don’t, that proves they’re anti-semitic.’ Discuss.

    • tamimisledus

      Voting for a follower of the anti-semitic doctrine of islam

  • Marvin

    He is playing the Moslem card because it is inevitable that this will be soon the unbeatable card used throughout the UK to win power throughout the political fraternity because of the sheer numbers that the left keep insisting do not exist.

  • http://rantingoldgit.blogspot.co.uk/ Arthur Sparknottle

    Communalism is the absolute curse of south Asia and its emigre groups. Oddly enough it was one of Enoch Powell’s great problems with the mass migration he observed in his own constituency. Powell had served in India and well knew where communalism led. See link below for further exploration of the concept.

    http://www.spectator.co.uk/2008/02/the-real-tributaries-of-enochandx2019s-andx2018rivers-of-bloodandx2019/

    • RightThinkingMan

      Enoch! Dead as a dodo. And irrelevant

  • Daniel Bright

    First they came for the Islamophobes

  • David Beard

    At first I took that as George Clooney with an overdose of permatan.

  • Stanlio

    Since Khan is a practicing Muslim and since Islam is a wide-ranging political, social and even economic ideology that seeks to govern every aspect of human behaviour, then it’s only reasonable to be concerned when Khan professes to be a devotee of this ideology. What is he first and foremost, a believer in the 7th century views espoused by an Arabian merchant and warlord or an advocate for a progressive and democratic secular political party?

    • RightThinkingMan

      Oh dear – another angry white man.

  • Wedgie Benn

    As in livingstone said in 2012 I’ve got the Muslim vote, well no, he didn’t and it didn’t play out for him either.

  • Andy Capp

    Another thing about Khan: he fancies the pants off himself.

  • Andy Capp

    Well his election would be “phenomenal symbolism” wouldn’t it? It would be a huge milestone in the Muslim takeover of London.

  • Sterling77

    Khan had some explaining to do on LBC. He is being duplicitous, so how does he explain his ‘following’ list on twitter? Why does Khan, Labour’s mayoral candidate, keep up to date with the musings of Majid Freeman, a ‘charity worker’ from Leicester who posts links to ISIS propaganda videos and films presenting Daesh as a reasonable response to the West. Majid has also promoted material on Twitter praising Jabhat al-Nusra, an offshoot of Al-Qaeda. Perhaps Khan was hacked?

    Unfortunately dysfunctional Khan also follows Hamja Ahsan, a ‘justice campaigner’ who spends all his time on Twitter campaigning on behalf of his brother Talha, who pleaded guilty to providing material support for insurgents in Afghanistan. Talha faced trial alongside Khan’s childhood friend Babar Ahmad, who also pleaded guilty. Khan admits he was close to these dodgy people back in the day, he says that is all history now. The evidence of his Twitter account is that he still likes to keep up-to-date with them…how on earth can this duplicitous character run as a mayoral candidate? It beggars belief.

    • Billo Qasira

      Amazing. How can a man who follows people like that be trusted? No doubt he will be seen as their ‘man on the inside’
      Make the right choice, London

      • tamimisledus

        How can any non-muslim trust a muslim who follows the doctrine of islam which says it is the perfect system and all others must bow down to it?
        And they have the “perfect” legal system, called sharia, which can be used to enforce islam!

        • RightThinkingMan

          How can any one normal human being read the Spectator? I mean its full of dim whitted white male losers doing dead end jobs in no hope rural towns. All full of hatred and nothing useful to contribute. London needs to become independent and keep all our tax money. Let the floods come an wipe away the South West.

          • tamimisledus

            You haters are all the same.
            Never make a contribution to the debate.
            But then that would be extremely hard work for a mindless bigot like you.

          • British Patriot ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

            I mean its full of dim whitted white male losers

            Oh, the irony 😀

            • Mike Christie

              You’re assuming that “RightThinkingMan” is white.

  • https://sites.google.com/site/deanjackson60/home Dean Jackson

    “Sadiq Khan, please stop playing the Muslim card”

    ‘Brendan O’Neill, please stop playing the Islamist/Jihadist card’

    Londoners, whoever you elect mayor just insure the candidate isn’t a Marxist deceiver…

    For those still not in the know, the so-called ‘War on Terror’ is an operation being carried out by the Marxist co-opted governments of the West in alliance with the USSR and other Communist nations, the purpose being to (1) destroy the prominence of the West in the eyes of the world, where the West is seen (i) invading nations without cause; (ii) causing chaos around the globe; and (iii) killing over one-million civilians and boasting of torture; (2) close off non-Russian supplies of oil for export, thereby increasing the price of oil, the higher price allowing oil exporting Russia to maintain economic stability while she modernizes and increases her military forces; (3) destroy the United States Armed Forces via the never-ending ‘War on Terror’; the ultimate purpose of the aforementioned to (4) bring about the demise of the United States in the world, opening up a political void to be filled by a new pan-national entity composed of Europe and Russia (replacing the European Union), a union ‘From the Atlantic to Vladivostok’;* which will (5) see the end of NATO.

    The following are two discoveries I made in April 2015 regarding the Yugoslav ‘civil wars’ and ‘collapse’ of the USSR, and what they prove about the institutions of the West…

    (I) Communist control of Yugoslavia ‘civil wars’ gone unnoticed for quarter century.

    Secessionist Yugoslav Orthodox, Catholic and Muslim factions waged dirty wars against each other, neglecting to first wipe out the 9% of the population that attempted to do away with religion in Yugoslavia, proving the wars were orchestrated and controlled by the communist faction.

    Murder, torture and legal discrimination of those professing religious sentiment was so intense under the Marxist regime in Belgrade, that those who professed no religious affiliation increased from less than 10% pre-1945 to a bewildering 32% by 1987…

    ‘Like in most former Communist countries in Central, Eastern and South­‑Eastern Europe, the means and actions applied by the Yugoslav Government between 1945 and 1990 to reduce the influence of religions and religious organisations were quite effective: While there was just a tiny group of people who regarded themselves to be without a religion before the Second World War (less than 0.1% of the population), this number grew to 13% in 1953 and to 32% in 1987.’

    https://web.natur.cuni.cz/ksgrrsek/acta/2009/2009_henkel.pdf

    That 9% constitutes members of the League of Communists of Yugoslavia, the Marxist party that subjugated Yugoslavia from 1945 until the party’s dissolution in January 1990. Before any religious sectarian strife, first there would have been massive reprisals against the reviled Communists who implemented policies to wipe out religion in Yugoslavia. The fact that no such reprisals took place proves that the breakup of Yugoslavia, during the Yugoslav Wars (1991-2001), was manufactured and controlled by the Communists; and

    (II) When Soviet citizens were liberated from up to 74 years of horrific Marxist-atheist oppression on December 26, 1991, the day the USSR officially ended, there were ZERO celebrations throughout the USSR, proving (1) the ‘collapse’ of the USSR is a strategic ruse; and (2) the political parties of the West were already co-opted by Marxists,** otherwise the USSR (and East Bloc nations) couldn’t have gotten away with the ruse.

    ZERO celebrations, as the The Atlantic article inadvertently informs us…

    http://www.theatlantic.com/photo/2011/12/20-years-since-the-fall-of-the-soviet-union/100214/

    Notice, however, the Kremlin staged anti-government demonstrations that took place in Russia (and other Soviet republics) in the years immediately preceding the ‘collapse’, yet ZERO celebrations after the ‘collapse’!

    For more on this discovery see my blog…

    https://sites.google.com/site/deanjackson60/

    The fraudulent ‘collapse’ of the USSR (and East Bloc) couldn’t have been pulled off until both political parties in the United States (and political parties elsewhere in the West) were co-opted by Marxists, which explains why verification of the ‘collapse’ was never undertaken by the West, such verification being (1) a natural administrative procedure (since the USSR wasn’t occupied by Western military forces); and (2) necessary for the survival of the West. Recall President Reagan’s favorite phrase, “Trust, but verify”.

    It gets worse–the ‘freed’ Soviets and West also never (1) de-Communized the Soviet Armed Forces of its Communist Party officer corps, which was 90% officered by Communist Party members; and (2) arrested/de-mobilized the five million vigilantes that assisted the Soviet Union’s Ministry of the Interior and police control the populations of the cities during the period of ‘Perestroika’ (1986-1991)!

    There can be no collapse of the USSR (or East Bloc nations) without…

    Verification, De-Communization and De-mobilization.

    The West never verified the collapse of the USSR because no collapse occurred, since if a real collapse had occurred the West would have verified it, since the survival of the West depends on verification. Conversely, this proves that the political parties of the West were co-opted by Marxists long before the fraudulent collapse of the USSR, since the survival of the West depends on verification.
    ————————-

    * ‘Russia is an inalienable and organic part of Greater Europe and European civilization. Our citizens think of themselves as Europeans. We are by no means indifferent to developments in united Europe.

    That is why Russia proposes moving toward the creation of a common economic and human space from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean – a community referred by Russian experts to as “the Union of Europe,” which will strengthen Russia’s potential and position in its economic pivot toward the “new Asia.”’ – Vladimir Putin (2012).

    https://www.rt.com/politics/official-word/putin-russia-changing-world-263/

    ** The failed socialist inspired and controlled pan-European revolutions that swept the continent in 1848(1) taught Marxists and socialists a powerful lesson, that lesson being they couldn’t win overtly,(2) so they adopted the tactic of infiltration of the West’s political parties/institutions. In the case of the United States…(continue reading at DNotice)…

    https://sites.google.com/site/deanjackson60/now-you-see-me-now-you-don-t

    • JSC

      A bit rambling but yeah, f*ck communism.

      • https://sites.google.com/site/deanjackson60/home Dean Jackson

        “A bit rambling…”

        Considering I’m covering not only 168 years of Marxist subterfuge but also revealed Marxist strategy for the future (‘convergence’ strategy; the prospective USSR union with Europe, including the PRC after the Marxist government in Beijing fakes its collapse), my comment is relatively brief.

    • https://chaunceytinker.wordpress.com/ Chauncey Tinker

      ‘Brendan O’Neill, please stop playing the Islamist/Jihadist card’

      He is not playing the Islamist/Jihadist card. Read the article, there is no mention of jihad or Islamism. He actually says he is considering voting for Khan. What the article is saying is that Khan should stop using the fact that he is a Muslim to try to win votes.

      • https://sites.google.com/site/deanjackson60/home Dean Jackson

        “Read the article, there is no mention of jihad or Islamism.”

        I don’t care. Brendan O’Neill is a Marxist operative who plays the fake ‘War on Terror’ Islamist/Jihadist card. Obviously you didn’t read my comment completely!

  • JSC

    Member of a weird cult demands votes to prove voters are tolerant of weird cult members. Meanwhile the public at large remain unconvinced that weird cults bring much to the table other than weirdness and more cultists convinced this weirdness is a good thing. Scientology wishes it had it so good.

    • RightThinkingMan

      You talking about that Christian Charles Moore ?

  • jeffersonian

    ‘Sadiq Khan, I’m sure you and your supporters think you’re being super right-on when you say that it would send a ‘phenomenal message’ to the world if Londoners were to elect their first-ever Muslim mayor in May.’

    But Brendan, he’s right, it would send a signal. An absolutely dreadful, regrettable and unfortunate signal about the state of the UK.

  • Bonkim

    Khan won’t win in London.

    • Mongo

      how can you be so sure? In the general election Labour got 1.5m votes in London, while the Tories got 1.2m

      it doesn’t look promising

      • Richard

        And there are probably another 100,000 Muslims in London since last year’s election…

        • jeffersonian

          Oh I’m sure that’s a very conservative estimate.

  • Oddsbods

    it would send a ‘phenomenal message’ to the world if Londoners were to elect their first-ever Muslim mayor.

    The message would be that London is finished.

    • Richard

      London IS finished. When people abroad ask me about the place, it is more in tones of pity than anything else. Soon enough property will start falling as people see the reality past the PC hype. Hello Third World, here we are !

      • RightThinkingMan

        Says two losers. The wealthiest part of the UK and getting wealthier. As ever, the poor angry white man who cant hack it in the big city. Funny, how every talented and able person wants to come to London. No one wants to stay in NoHopeTown where you losers live.

  • Ned Costello

    “Mehdi Hasan writes of the ‘huge symbolism’ of a Muslim win and how it would strike a blow against ‘Islamophobes’.”
    Yes of course, because lets’ face it after all, Islamophobia is the burining issue of the day isn’t it? Personally, I’ve lost count of the number of murders committed in the UK by Islamophobes in recent years, it must be in the hundreds surely?

    • Lindum

      Those Isamophobes have put down many bombs in London, haven’t they?

      • tamimisledus

        And they (islamophobes) keep saying nasty things about those muslims and islam,

  • milford

    Let’s hope Goldsmith and common sense prevail.

  • RingedPlover

    If London elects a Moslem Mayor it will surely be seen in some circles as a sign of surrender?

    • Mongo

      no submission

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