Sadiq Khan is a cunning bastard

Sadiq Khan was touted as a potential leader for Labour after the debacle of the last election.

He didn’t stand however, preferring to let the feral activists select Jeremy Corbyn as leader.

Now he has the better job and has slipped a knife in between Corbyn’s ribs by lecturing Labour on how to win. Of course winners can do that.

I learnt a great deal during the campaign – about myself, London and the importance of reaching out to all sections of society. But there are two lessons in particular: first, Labour only wins when we face outwards and focus on the issues that people care about; second, we will never be trusted to govern unless we reach out and engage with all voters – regardless of their background, where they live or where they work.

Squabbles over internal structures might be important for some in the party, but it is clear they mean little or nothing to the huge majority of voters. As tempting as it might be, we must always resist focusing in on ourselves and ignoring what people really want.   

Throughout my campaign, we focused on the issues that Londoners care about most – the lack of affordable housing, transport infrastructure and fares, the NHS, the need for real neighbourhood policing and pro-business policies. It might seem like stating the obvious, but offering solutions to the challenges most people face every day is the only way to win elections. How can you expect to enthuse an undecided voter, or persuade a previous Tory voter, if you can’t gain their trust on the key issues, or you don’t want to talk about what they care about most?

Labour has to be a big tent that appeals to everyone – not just its activists. Campaigns that deliberately turn their back on particular groups are doomed to fail. Just like in London, so-called natural Labour voters alone will never be enough to win a general election. We must be able to persuade people who previously voted Conservative that Labour can be trusted with the economy and security, as well as improving public services and creating a fairer society.

Some lessons for Labour in New Zealand there. Very sensible words from Sadiq Khan.

My slogan was “A Mayor for all Londoners”. It should never be about “picking sides”, a “them or us” attitude, or a having a political strategy to target just enough of the population to get over the line. Our aim should be to unite people from all backgrounds as a broad and welcoming tent – not to divide and rule.

That’s one reason why the concerns about antisemitism within the Labour party have been so damaging. By not acting quickly enough, the party gave the impression that we didn’t care about the concerns of the Jewish community and that we were not taking accusations of racism seriously.

It’s also why the Conservative mayoral campaign was so disappointing. I was looking forward to a good honest campaign, debating how we best tackle things like the housing crisis, high transport fares and air pollution. But David Cameron and Zac Goldsmith chose to set out to divide London’s communities in an attempt to win votes in some areas and suppress voters in other parts of the city.

They used fear and innuendo to try to turn different ethnic and religious groups against each other – something straight out of the Donald Trump playbook. Londoners deserved better and I hope it’s something the Conservative party will never try to repeat.

Labour here is trying to use fear and innuendo, and in coming days we are going to see a great deal of it surrounding the Panama Papers issue. It’s the only tactics they’ve got.

 

– The Guardian

 


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  • Cadwallader

    ” A Mayor for all Londoners” is a brilliant slogan. If “A Leader for all New Zealanders” was adopted here, who would it suit best? Hint: Another winner!

  • waldopepper

    alas, london has fallen and i fear a repeat of ww2. little by little, islam is getting their foot in the door. londons new mayor is proof of that if ever proof was needed. europe is coming under the jackboot of hostile invaders, and the rest of the world will have to go and sort it out. again.

  • Aucky

    I for one am going to be fascinated by Sadiq Khan’s performance over the next four years. Is he predominantly British, predominantly Muslim or is he both? I am hoping for both but time will tell.

  • Brian Dingwall

    In my lifetime the only Labour “PM for all NZers” was Norman Kirk; and, given MMP, there will never be another one….
    Just saying

  • Ben

    Khan was also helped by the Tories selecting Goldsmith;another public school buffoon who inherited daddy’s money. What would Goldsmith know about the concerns or working Londoners?

  • Doug

    I wonder, how much of his vote belonged to Muslims, the ‘I am so non islamophobic I will vote for a Muslim’, and the I will never vote anything but labour crowds? It would be interesting to see… Unfortunately we would have to make educated guesses on this, but I suspect it would be a large proportion of his vote.
    Hopefully he is a Londoner first, but that is something that time will tell.

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