London votes for its first Muslim mayor

londoncommunities.co.uk

londoncommunities.co.uk

 

Sadiq Khan has been elected London’s first Muslim mayor, seeing off a Conservative challenger who attempted to link him to extremism and securing a much-needed victory for his opposition Labour Party.

Khan, the 45-year-old who grew up in public housing in inner city London and is the son of a bus driver, beat Conservative Zac Goldsmith (41), the son of a billionaire financier. […]

Khan held his lead in the opinion polls, despite accusations by Goldsmith that he has shared platforms with radical Muslim speakers and given “oxygen” to extremists.

Khan says he has fought extremism all his life and that he regrets sharing a stage with speakers who held “abhorrent” views. The Labour Party accused Goldsmith and the ruling Conservative Party of smearing Khan.

Goldsmith denied the charge, saying he had raised legitimate questions over his opponent’s judgment – but the tactics do seem to have backfired with some voters interviewed by Reuters saying they found the campaign “disgusting and slimy”.

While fighting those charges, Khan, a former human rights lawyer, also distanced himself from the newly elected Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, after a row over anti-Semitism.

To break with tradition, I don’t want to editorialise too much about this.  Either they have let the fox in the hen house, or they have someone who actually understand the issues regarding Radical Islam and has deep and meaningful connections in the community that can be leveraged for a peaceful long-term Britain that includes Muslims living peacefully side by side with non-Muslims.

Only time will tell.

 

– Reuters via ODT

 


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  • Effluent

    The precedents are not encouraging.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lutfur_Rahman_(politician)

    If he is of this ilk, we can expect to see an orgy of cronyism, and wholesale corruption of the political process. It already appears that at least part of his majority is likely to be attributable to electoral fraud.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/05/06/uk-elections-2016—results-in-full-map-and-find-out-who-won-in/

    edit – typos

  • spanishbride

    I read his Wiki just now hoping to find out what sect of Islam he follows. I found the following quote which looks promising. I was unaware that ANY sect of Islam would support same sex marriage. A ‘moderate’ Islamic view I thought, was that homosexuals were wrong but did not deserve to be executed for their sins.

    In 2013 Khan claimed to have received death threats for voting in favour of the Same-Sex Marriage Bill.[56][57] Tabloid sources reported that the imam of a Bradford mosque issued a fatwa in which he declared him to no longer be a Muslim; and police subsequently advised him to review his security.[56][57]

  • XCIA

    Will she, won’t she? British television personality and newspaper columnist Katie Hopkins promised to run naked down Regent Street with a sausage in her bum……..

  • Jerseyman

    I remain mildly skeptical over Khan’s appointment. He is certainly going to have the spotlight shining on him. I think the most important issue is the political makeup of the team of councilors he has to lead and work with. Nothing on this aspect has emerged so far.

  • herewego

    Will be interesting – especially depending on whether there is a Brexit

    First year should outline direction and the response to the next “lone wolf” attack on UK soil

  • LesleyNZ

    After I read Sadiq Khan’s Facebook page and his victory speech I had the same thought – time will tell. https://www.facebook.com/sadiqforlondon/ Seems London has exactly the same problems as Auckland and scrolling back through FB posts and comments all the problems in London is all the nasty Tories fault.
    https://www.facebook.com/sadiqforlondon/posts/1143125672406885:
    Thank you! Today was an amazing victory for hope over fear and for unity over division – and it simply would not have been possible without your help.
    This victory is not about me. It’s about the millions of Londoners whose lives we can improve by building more affordable homes, freezing fares, restoring community policing and cleaning up our toxic air.
    Thanks to the time, money and support you gave, we were able to overcome a desperate and nasty Tory campaign. We’ve sent a strong message that the politics of fear are not welcome in London.
    Now the hard work starts. Let’s make London even better for all Londoners.
    Thanks again,
    Sadiq

  • JLS

    Fortunately Boris is heading for national politics so if successful will have a stronger arm to advance his causes and provide balance.

  • Greg
  • Terence Hodgson

    perhaps someone can advise me: isn’t Tower Hamlets within London, or are they two separate mayoral constituencies?

  • Ravan

    And at the End Times they, The Chosen–the people who were, daily, in awe of The Holy Loving Father –will turn from the Father and learn to “love the flesh and grow ‘fat’ with excess and will lose the will to fight.”

    • Rick H

      Sounds very much like the situation in most Western Countries.
      Only the “Vocal and hostile Left” bother to make a fuss; while the rest of us are doing OK, and don’t bother.

  • Plantagenet

    Downfall of the west continues apace.

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