Sunday, May 8, 2016

New Mayor of London a Muslim

Related: Mayoral Muddle

"Labor’s Sadiq Khan elected first Muslim London mayor" by Jill Lawless Associated Press  May 07, 2016

LONDON — Sadiq Khan became London’s first Muslim mayor Saturday, as voters rejected attempts to taint him with links to extremism and handed a decisive victory to the bus driver’s son from south London.

Khan hailed his victory as the triumph of ‘‘hope over fear and unity over division.’’

His victory was the most dramatic result in local and regional elections that produced few big changes but underscored Britain’s political divisions ahead of a referendum on whether to remain in the European Union.

Labor Party candidate Khan received more than 1.3 million votes — 57 percent of the total — to Conservative rival Zac Goldsmith’s 43 percent, after voters’ first and second preferences were allocated.

The official results came past midnight — more than 24 hours after polls closed — after delays due to what officials called ‘‘small discrepancies’’ in the count. 

The margin was so vast they couldn't rig it. This guy must have won about 75% of the vote.

Khan was elected to replace Conservative Mayor Boris Johnson after a campaign marked — and many said marred — by US-style negative campaigning. 

Aren't they all? Lesser evils and such?

Goldsmith, a wealthy environmentalist, called Khan divisive and accused him of sharing platforms with Islamic extremists — a charge repeated by Prime Minister David Cameron and other senior Conservatives.



Also see: David Cameron REFUSES to apologise to Donald Trump for saying he was 'divisive, stupid and wrong' to claim Muslims should be banned from entering America

Hey, Trump wasn't trying to become the mayor of London.

We call that hypocrisy over here, although latest word is he is being conciliatory.

Khan, who calls himself ‘‘the British Muslim who will take the fight to the extremists,’’ accused Goldsmith of trying to scare and divide voters in a proudly multicultural city of 8.6 million people — more than 1 million of them Muslim.

I'd rather you just expose the false-flagging frauds over at MI6 rather than "taking the fight to the terrorists." 

The attacks, criticized by some senior Conservatives, appear not to have deterred voters from backing Khan. London has seen attacks by Islamic extremists, including July 2005 suicide bombings that killed 52 bus and subway commuters, but has avoided the level of racial and religious tensions seen in some European cities.

It's just not funny anymore, sorry.

‘‘Fear does not make us safer — it only makes us weaker,’’ Khan said in his victory speech. ‘‘And the politics of fear is simply not welcome in our city.’’

If fear makes us weaker, what makes us stronger? Knowledge and the truth?

Former Conservative strategist Steve Hilton told the BBC that Goldsmith’s campaign had brought back ‘‘the ‘nasty party’ label to the Conservative party’’ — and said Khan’s victory sent a ‘‘positive and powerful message about London.’’

That ought to get your hopes up.

Even Goldsmith’s sister criticized his tactics. Journalist and socialite Jemima Goldsmith tweeted: ‘‘Sad that Zac’s campaign did not relect who I know him to be.’’

Labor, Britain’s main opposition party, performed strongly in the capital, taking more than 40 percent of Londoners’ votes.

That and Khan’s victory were bright spots for Labor, which was pushed into third place in Scotland. The Conservatives on Thursday became the main opposition in Scotland’s Parliament.

And yet somehow they didn't vote for independence. Yep!


Also see:

"The Boston Globe filed a public records lawsuit Friday against the city of Boston, alleging that Mayor Martin J. Walsh’s administration is improperly withholding public documents related to a widespread federal investigation into the activities of local unions.

The Walsh administration said it remains “perplexed by the Boston Globe’s actions,” and the city’s chief communications officer, Laura Oggeri, said in a statement Friday afternoon, “The Globe is seeking federal documents from the city, ignoring the state’s established appeal process and refusing to submit their document request to the federal government.”

What a mess, huh?

NDU: London’s new Muslim mayor joins Holocaust memorial

Didn't need to $ee that.

Also see: FBI searches property of man at center of Gardner heist case

They say they got their man, but I don't know if he was smart enough to pull off a caper like that.