The Shameful Smearing of Sadiq Khan MP

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We are less than three months away from London’s Mayoral election to be held on 5th May 2016 and it should come as no surprise that the front runner, Labour’s Sadiq Khan, is being targeted by the right-wing press.

Earlier today, the London Evening Standard, published an article ostensibly about Sadiq Khan headlined “Exposed: Sadiq Khan’s family links to extremist organisation”. What it actually exposed was the Evening Standard’s determination to smear Sadiq in much the same way it systematically campaigned a few years back against Ken Livingstone to make way for the right-leaning Boris Johnson.

Today’s story focuses on Sadiq’s former brother-in-law, Makbool Javaid (he was previously married to Sadiq’s sister, Farhat), who like Sadiq is also a lawyer by training. The Evening Standard tries to highlight Makbool Javaid as a hate-spewing extremist and hopes that at least some of the dirt that it throws will conveniently land on Sadiq Khan.

As it happens I have met Makbool on several occasions and there is no question that back in the 1990’s he was known to be sympathetic to the views of al-Muhajiroun (Omar Bakri’s band of loony Khilafah-seeking activists). It is also true that by the time I met him again a decade later he had already very clearly begun to moderate his views.

It is only much lower down the Evening Standard article that they actually get round to quoting Makbool Javaid’s current and far more sensible views where he says:

“Of course I regret the speech I gave and some of the things I said and did in my younger years.

“Twenty years ago I was naive. I certainly didn’t realise how easily some of my actions could be interpreted as being critical of Britain — the best country in the world.

“This was nearly two decades ago now and I have grown and changed. I love Britain, I love the rich diversity of London and I love our culture.”

That sounds very much like the Makbool Javaid that I last met a few years ago.

The story of Sadiq Khan should be an immensely inspirational one. The son of a London bus driver, he lived in a council flat in South London and indeed was sleeping in a bunk bed until he was 24. He went to university and trained as a lawyer and became a human rights campaigner. And then in 2005 he was elected as the MP for Tooting, his hometown. Now, just over ten years later, he has a very good chance of becoming Mayor of the UK’s most influential city. It is a fabulous story that serves to highlight the very best of Britain. The opportunity, the hard work, the anti-discrimination and the ever reducing number of glass ceilings. It is a narrative that deserves to be trumpeted loudly, especially to younger Muslims, to help encourage them and to counter the skewed negative propaganda of nihilist outfits like ISIS.

The London Evening Standard did all Londoners a massive disservice today.

 

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7 Responses to The Shameful Smearing of Sadiq Khan MP

  1. Brendan says:

    I agree, Sadiq khan’s story is inspirational. I’m not a Londoner but I think most would see through such a ‘flimsy story’, Newspapers in general have an exaggerated sense of their own importance

  2. Ash says:

    I think your article should have been titled “Poetic Justice” this guy to further his own political career has shamelessly crawled like a dog at the feet of the Islamaphobes both those in the media and establishment, endorsing their propaganda and smear campaigns against the Muslim community.
    This Sadiq Khan character is what Malcolm X described as a house slave looks like has finally been rejected by his masters they dont want him eating the crumbs at their dining table any more he, has become a victim of the very propaganda he was endorsing. As they say every dog has his day…Hopefully all the others of this ilk..Mohammed Amin, Taj Hargey, Usamah Hasan, Ed Hussain, Maajid Nawaz, et el, will have their days as well.

    Here is how Malcolm X described Mr Sadiq Khan over 50 years ago.Malcolm speaking in Selma Alabama in February 1965 had this to say.

    ….”To understand this, you have to go back to what [the] young brother here referred to as the house Negro and the field Negro — back during slavery. There was two kinds of slaves. There was the house Negro and the field Negro. The house Negroes – they lived in the house with master, they dressed pretty good, they ate good ’cause they ate his food — what he left. They lived in the attic or the basement, but still they lived near the master; and they loved their master more than the master loved himself. They would give their life to save the master’s house quicker than the master would. The house Negro, if the master said, “We got a good house here,” the house Negro would say, “Yeah, we got a good house here.” Whenever the master said “we,” he said “we.” That’s how you can tell a house Negro.

    If the master’s house caught on fire, the house Negro would fight harder to put the blaze out than the master would. If the master got sick, the house Negro would say, “What’s the matter, boss, we sick?” We sick! He identified himself with his master more than his master identified with himself. And if you came to the house Negro and said, “Let’s run away, let’s escape, let’s separate,” the house Negro would look at you and say, “Man, you crazy. What you mean, separate? Where is there a better house than this? Where can I wear better clothes than this? Where can I eat better food than this?” That was that house Negro. In those days he was called a “house nigger.” And that’s what we call him today, because we’ve still got some house niggers running around here.

    This modern house Negro loves his master. He wants to live near him. He’ll pay three times as much as the house is worth just to live near his master, and then brag about “I’m the only Negro out here.” “I’m the only one on my job.” “I’m the only one in this school.” You’re nothing but a house Negro. And if someone comes to you right now and says, “Let’s separate,” you say the same thing that the house Negro said on the plantation. “What you mean, separate? From America? This good white man? Where you going to get a better job than you get here?” I mean, this is what you say. “I ain’t left nothing in Africa,” that’s what you say. Why, you left your mind in Africa…………………………Just as the slavemaster of that day used Tom, the house Negro, to keep the field Negroes in check, the same old slavemaster today has Negroes who are nothing but modern Uncle Toms, 20th century Uncle Toms, to keep you and me in check, keep us under control, keep us passive and peaceful and nonviolent. That’s Tom making you nonviolent. It’s like when you go to the dentist, and the man’s going to take your tooth. You’re going to fight him when he starts pulling. So he squirts some stuff in your jaw called novocaine, to make you think they’re not doing anything to you. So you sit there and ’cause you’ve got all of that novocaine in your jaw, you suffer peacefully. Blood running all down your jaw, and you don’t know what’s happening. ‘Cause someone has taught you to suffer — peacefully.”

  3. Ash says:

    I think the following event that took place in Texas is far more interesting, an arabic banner which stated “Love is for Allah”…celebrating Valentines day, led to the city of Lubbock being shutdown amidst mass hysteria.

    Banner Bearing Arabic Message of Love Reported to Homeland Security and FBI
    Officials in Lubbock, Texas, shut down traffic and called for an investigation in response to a publicly displayed banner.

    By Sarah Lazare / AlterNet February 16, 2016

    Banner hung from Citizens Tower in Lubbock, Texas reads “Love is for all.”

    A banner bearing the Arabic expression “Love is for all,” touched off a massive security crackdown this week in Lubbock, Texas, where city officials shut down traffic and called for an investigation by Homeland Security, the FBI and police. First spotted the morning after Valentine’s Day, the banner was hung from the top of the publicly owned Citizens Tower in the downtown area of the city, which is located in northwestern Texas. The Arabic script spelling out the message of love was framed with a red heart. It was not immediately clear who hung the item.

    But to Mayor Glen Robertson, the “Arabic flag” was cause for alarm. Robertson instructed the city manager to remove the banner and “take all steps necessary to secure the building and that Chief [Greg] Stevens notify the Department of Homeland Security, FBI and the Lubbock Sheriff’s Office,” according to a public statement.

    Read the rest in the link below.

    http://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.alternet.org%2Fgrayzone-project%2Fbanner-bearing-arabic-message-love-reported-homeland-security-and-fbi&h=zAQG8HNCT

  4. LibertyPhile says:

    I’m all for free speech. Ash can say whatever he wants, but why here!?

    If you really want to provide him with a platform, you should get an app (there must be one, I wish!) that would cut what he thinks he has to say down to a single short sentence.

    • I know he talks a lot of narrow-minded crap and it is getting tedious. Still, I’d rather people see that for themselves.

      • Ash says:

        If its narrow minded crap then challenge or refute it what happened to Jesuis Charlie? … And since a career Islamaphobe like our dear old chap Libertyphile and others of his Ilk can be given a platform here to mock and ridicule Islam and promote their tedious Daily Mail inspired Hate filled agenda here then I think its only fair that those who are willing to challenge them should also be allowed to post. As for Libertyphile, after getting thoroughly refuted in our previous daliances now you have to appeal for Censorship…! Shame on You.

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