Khan: EU Should Not Be “Christian Club”


Sadiq Khan’s musings on Turkish accession to the EU make interesting reading in the light of the current situation. It’s an unusual argument – Khan claims that if Turkey is not allowed to join then Brussels would be discriminating against Muslims:

“Muslims across Europe will see the question for Turkish admission to the EU as a clear test of European inclusion. If the door is slammed shut it will be understood by 20 million Muslim citizens of the EU that the basis of the decision to treat Turkey differently to new members like Bulgaria or Romania has been made on the basis that Europe is a “Christian Club”. Some will see this as a clear indication that Muslims can never be a part of the story of Europe or the West. That will undermine everybody working to say that of course one can be British, European and Muslim, or French, European and Muslim.”

The use of the phrase “Christian club” pejoratively is interesting to say the least…

Khan Brushes Over Evidence of Extremist Aide

Sadiq Khan was grilled by ITV’s Paul Brand at the Pride hustings last night on his top aide Shueb Salar, who resigned in disgrace two weeks ago:

Brand: “You employed this guy. You worked closely with him. We all work with colleagues, you kind of get a sense of what someone is like. How could you not realise that someone you were working with day in day out held this kind of view?”

Khan: “Sure. I mean, throughout the time he was employed with me there was no hint or evidence at all of any of these sorts of comments. In my parliamentary office we had five members of staff, four women and him. At no time during the course of his employment did he exhibit any of the sort of things that his comments allude to.”

This is demonstrably untrue – the video of Salar brandishing a gun was posted in autumn last year, while he was working for Khan. Salar favourited a tweet about physically attacking Tory voters last May, again while he was working for Khan. He wrote that the Lee Rigby murder was “probably fake“, as well as posting a string of tweets about “faggots“. And who knows which of Sadiq’s staffers was responsible for following ISIS supporters on Twitter. Salar was up to no good during his employment with Sadiq, a fact he is now conveniently brushing over…

Will Khan Name and Shame the Ali Family?

liaquat ali

Sadiq Khan is boasting today that he’ll “name and shame dodgy landlords to get London renters a better deal”. A check of Waltham Forest councillor Liaquat Ali’s Twitter feed will reveal he is big supporter of Sadiq’s campaign. His family are slum landlords in Waltham Forest. Last year his brother was ordered to demolish a “bed-in-a-shed” he rented out to tenants. At the tribunal Liaquat’s son, Hather Ali, argued that the family should not have to demolish the slum flat. They lost the tribunal…

So Guido wants to ask Sadiq: are the Ali’s assisting his campaign financially? Or just campaigning for him on the doorstep?

Sadiq’s Friends & Staff Don’t Make Londoners Feel Secure


Sadiq Khan’s speechwriter Shueb Salar has been exposed as a very dodgy character. His tweeted references to hoes”, “bitches” and “faggots are the least of Guido’s concerns, more worrying is his belief that the terrorist killing of Lee Rigby was faked.

This is on the conveyor belt to a belief system of the kind that thinks Israel was behind 9/11 as an excuse for the War on Terror / Muslims. Sadiq is always slippery in these situations, he hasn’t seen his radical Jihad supporting in-laws for years, he was shocked that former associates ended up in Guantanamo. He has no idea why he follows ISIS supporters on Twitter – blaming staff, (we now know that is more plausible than we thought previously). He claims he will keep London secure and he has a tough anti-radicalisation strategy. Presumably hiring them on to his staff isn’t a component of that strategy?

If Sadiq can’t even hire aides who are not a potential security risk, can he really keep London secure? This is not some historical mistake, some loose association, it is someone on his personal staff – who was still being paid by him until this morning. At the very least it brings into question Sadiq’s judgement…

Rich’s Monday Morning View


Sadiq Khan Suspends Speechwriter Shueb Salar Over Tweets 

Khan’s Attack on Choice: I’ll Cap Uber If I’m Mayor

Londoners’ freedom to choose cheaper Uber rides is under threat – Sadiq says he will cap the number of Uber cars allowed on the capital’s streets:

“I’m afraid the mistake was made a couple of years ago when TfL allowed Uber taxis to come on stream… And let me tell you what I will do. I will make sure we have proper regulation around private hire vehicles. I want a cap on the number of private hire vehicles.”

Zac is hardly pro-innovation when it comes to taxis either though this from Khan is a particularly direct attack on consumer choice. Heavy handed, Corbyn-style market intervention to reduce the availability of Ubers means less supply, a higher likelihood of surge pricing and higher fares for Londoners…

Sadiq Khan Quizzed Over Extremist Links

Sadiq Khan got quite a grilling on LBC this morning, where he was questioned over his links to known Islamic extremists. Nick Ferrari cited Guido’s research from yesterday that revealed an online web of terror surrounding the London Mayoral candidate. He says he will unfollow them…

Sadiq’s Web of Terror: Khan Follows ISIS Supporter on Twitter

Politicians have previously been embarrassed by revelations that their personal Twitter accounts follow porn sites, escort services and even brothels. Sadiq Khan’s ‘following’ list is slightly different. Labour’s mayoral candidate keeps 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 Sadiq was hacked?

Unfortunately 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…

Sadiq Refuses To Answer Fares Question Five Times

Guido was greatly amused watching Sadiq Khan lose it on Monday with a BBC London journalist over TFL’s factual statement that his transport proposals have a £1.9 billion funding black hole in them. Last night on ITV London the Labour mayoral candidate gave a repeat performance of evasiveness all over again when confronted with the TFL figure.[…]


Boris’ New Baldness-Battling Barnet

Guido has previously noted that balding Boris is losing his locks, so it is no surprise to see his hair cropped shorter and brushed forward to disguise that thinning top:

It is more flattering from above:

The age old rule in British politics is that bald men in the television age do not beat rivals with a full head of hair.[…]


Sadiq Ducks City Airport Row


Yesterday morning Sadiq Khan sent out a briefing note, helpfully it told us that Labour was split on airport expansion:city-airport

By the afternoon the briefing note dropped any reference to City Airport altogether…[…]


London Labour Offers No Alternative Budget


Jon Burke, Labour’s City Hall adviser on economics, tweeted late on Tuesday night:

Consequently on Wednesday the Labour group on the London Assembly didn’t put forward an alternative London budget.[…]


Zac Accuses Sadiq of “Playing The Race Card”

Zac Goldsmith was in for a grilling on the Today Programme this morning, culminating in him accusing Sadiq Khan of “playing the race card”. The Tory mayoral candidate was responding to suggestions by Sadiq and Sarah Montague that Zac was “playing with fire” by labelling him “radical and divisive” in his campaigning literature:

Sarah Montague: We are in a world where there is huge amount of coverage of the concerns of Islamic terrorism, and you are calling the Muslim candidate, your rival, radical and divisive.



Sadiq’s Each Way Bet

SADIQ-GAMBLINGSadiq Khan is trying to make an issue of Zac’s stake in bookmakers Fitzdares – as disclosed in his register of interests ever since he became an MP. The claim being that Zac’s interest in gambling makes him unsuitable to be mayor of a city where the number of betting shops on our high streets has become a political issue. […]


Tories Launch

Sadiq Watch

Gloves are off for the London mayoral campaign with a new hard-hitting site from CCHQ. The site’s launch video highlights a series of policy flip-flops from slippery Sadiq. Not least of course trying to desperately distance himself from Jeremy Corbyn.[…]


Boris Causes Minor Diplomatic Incident

Things have not gone entirely to plan on Boris’ trip to the West Bank today.

First, a Jewish Chronicle journalist covering the trip alongside British journalists was told by the Palestinians that she could not attend because she is Israeli. Nice.[…]


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