Friday, January 04, 2008

Muslim leaders back Ken Livingstone for Mayor

While it is reported that Boris Johnson MP has slashed Ken Livingtone’s lead to just one percentage point (and that with a largely effortless and invisible campaign), 63 ‘leading Muslims’ have signed a statement declaring that the re-election of Ken Livingstone as Mayor of London is ‘in the best interests of Muslims’.

These ‘leading Muslims’ are a ragbag group of imams and ‘community leaders’, and cite Mr Livingstone’s support for the Palestinian people and opposition to UK policy in Iraq as key reasons for the capital’s Muslims to support him.

Ihtisham Hibatullah from the British Muslim Initiative, told The Guardian: "He supports religious freedom. He's committed to developing the skills of alienated communities and he's doing great work on social cohesion. These signatories are major players; they have reach and come the elections there will be a huge mobilisation of the Muslim vote."

Religious freedom?

This is the man who invited the Islamic scholar Yusuf al-Qaradawi to London as his guest of honour. Al-Qaradawi is a known supporter of suicide bombings in Israel, favours the oppression of women and the diminution of their rights, and has argued that homosexuals should be put to death.

Mr Livingstone received letters of objection from the Board of Deputies of British Jews, along with Hindu and Sikh groups (not to mention various organisations representing the gay lobby).

Of course, he ignored them all, and has said that he is pleased to be endorsed by so many Islamic leaders. One wonders why he is so concerned to court this group when the Jewish community in some parts of London is very sizeable indeed, and he appears to care not a jot what offence he gives to them.

The Conservative candidate, Boris Johnson MP, told The Guardian that he took the endorsement of ‘so-called community leaders’ with a pinch of salt. He added: “My grandfather was a Muslim and so was my great-grandfather. I am proud of my Muslim ancestry. But I want to talk about the interests of Londoners. I don't care what religion they are. I want to look after people from all communities.”

Quite so. In Cranmer’s experience, many ‘Muslim leaders’ are self-styled, self-appointed, pathologically-Labour-supporting unaccountable busybodies who talk a lot of self-indulgent nonsense and are despised by many of those whom they purport to represent. It is Mr Livingstone who is playing the race and religion cards; Mr Johnson should simply stick to Londoners (with a little more effort and prominence), for therein lies the ace which will yield victory.

19 Comments:

Anonymous Abandon Ship! said...

One wonders whether the letter was submitted with the full support of the Boris Johnson campaign.

4 January 2008 at 11:15  
Anonymous mickey said...

Your Grace,

As I see that Boris Johnson is now citing his Muslim heritage, perhaps he could be asked to confirm that his great-grandfather was not the Ali Kemal who as 'interim mutasarrïf of Yozgat' was hanged for war crimes (the mass killing of Armenian Christians).

I note that Boris's father has been campaigning for Turkish membership of the EU with reference to his great-grandfather's role in Turkish politics and referring to his death at the hands of a mob. A terrible fate and I would not want to cast any untoward dishonour on his name. But with two senior members of the regime both called Ali Kemal being killed at approximately the same time, there is clearly some scope for misunderstanding.

4 January 2008 at 11:44  
Anonymous Giles said...

Your Grace,

It is indeed a disgrace that Livingstone should be praised for his work on "social cohesion" (or anything else, for that matter). Unfortunately, he knows his constituents and the voter numbers and for as long as the anti-Livingstone vote is split between the Liberal and Conservative candidates the Muslim block-vote will ensure Livingstone's re-election.

Action needs to be taken by the next Conservative government to prevent self-styled "community leaders" from collecting ballot papers for posting, assisting others to complete their ballots and all the other usual abuses that permit the votes of Muslims to be exercised in the same way as those of Trade Union members at Labour conferences.

4 January 2008 at 11:55  
Blogger AethelBald, King of Wessex said...

Action needs to be taken by the next Conservative government to prevent self-styled "community leaders" from collecting ballot papers for posting, assisting others to complete their ballots and all the other usual abuses that permit the votes of Muslims to be exercised in the same way as those of Trade Union members at Labour conferences.

Your Grace, if you will permit me to risk a thread hijack, I must engage Giles on his memory issue.

Giles, you presumably meant to include the votes of Christians, Jews, Conservatives and all others being husbanded in this way, as they surely are somewhere, but you inadvertently forgot. It's a good thing that you forgot because, were it otherwise, a situation where someone might reasonably have referred to your comment as common bigotry may have obtained.

Phew! A close shave, Giles, but now we can move on to the substance of your post, on which we agree.

I believe the only cure to what I also think is a serious problem is a return to the show-up-and-vote paper ballot. If you think the current electronic data management situation is bad, wait until they introduce electronic voting. Given the state's record, would you trust any government with an electronic copy of your vote?

4 January 2008 at 12:39  
Blogger Newmania said...

Fine fine work your Grace, as I have now taken my family back to church I feel almost entitled to say that I shall be praying for a Borisian victory
On "Community Leaders", the same very much applies to the self appointed black community leaders whose power is based on thwarting the ambitions of there supposed flock which can only be expressed in the mainstream culture. Blacks are increasingly finding their outdated posturing unattractive and turning to the Conservative Party.
With younger Muslims there is a strange contradictory picture . For all that more of them claim to want Sharia law more than their relatively moderate elders I am convinced that the omnipresent secularism of our society is corroding their isolation and that this is more a political than religious gesture .
Politically acknowledging community leaders at all is nonsense for those who wish to be English...oh how this Mayoral race is illuminating the dark underbelly of the Capital’s politics .

4 January 2008 at 13:24  
Anonymous mickey said...

Your Grace,

Determined to get to the bottom of the matter, I have Googled my way into the Ali Kemal related links and determined the following, courtesy of the New York Times (13.11.22)*

Boris's great-grandfather was indeed killed by a mob (of women!) after being sentenced to death by a military governor "In the name of Islam, ...". A sad business, which seems to have nothing to do with the Armenian massacres (that was the other Ali Kemal).

Thought I should clear that up.

* http://query.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=9E06E6D61F39EF3ABC4B52DFB7678389639EDE

4 January 2008 at 15:07  
Anonymous nedsherry said...

Of course, he ignored them all, and has said that he is pleased to be endorsed by so many Islamic leaders. One wonders why he is so concerned to court this group when the Jewish community in some parts of London is very sizeable indeed, and he appears to care not a jot what offence he gives to them.

Minority-o-centric liberalism seems to reign on both sides. Ken's concerned about the Muslim community and His Grace about the Jewish community, but who's concerned about the white Christian "community"? You know, the ones who actually created London and the rest of the United Kingdom and were, until very recently, the overwhelming majority here. In some parts of London, one hears, their presence is still "very sizeable indeed".

4 January 2008 at 15:21  
Blogger Cranmer said...

Mr Nedsherry,

His Grace is most (obviously) concerned about the Christian community; it is simply that Mr Livingstone has not (yet) gone out of his way to irritate them with any ill-chosen phrases. He has, on the other hand, been known to manifest attitudes which were considered 'anti-Semitic'.

4 January 2008 at 15:27  
Blogger Homophobic Horse said...

“My grandfather was a Muslim and so was my great-grandfather. I am proud of my Muslim ancestry. But I want to talk about the interests of Londoners. I don't care what religion they are. I want to look after people from all communities.”

Boris Johnson equates Islam with genetics. Boris Johnson is a hack of the first order. I bet if there's another bombing he will say "terrorism is unacceptable".

4 January 2008 at 15:36  
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4 January 2008 at 16:30  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

AethelBald, King of Wessex, Giles actually also said ''...in the same way as those of Trade Union members at Labour conferences.''

So where is the 'close shave' you so nearly humourously allude to?

4 January 2008 at 17:37  
Blogger Little Black Sambo said...

Whho is the Asian gentleman in a blue tie?

4 January 2008 at 17:53  
Anonymous nedsherry said...

His Grace is most (obviously) concerned about the Christian community; it is simply that Mr Livingstone has not (yet) gone out of his way to irritate them with any ill-chosen phrases. He has, on the other hand, been known to manifest attitudes which were considered 'anti-Semitic'.

He compared a Jew to a "concentration camp guard". Why was that anti-semitic? Jews served as concentration-camp guards, and more, under communism. Livingstone has also said this of Jews:

The contribution of Jewish people to human civilisation and culture is unexcelled and extraordinary. You only have to think of giants such as Einstein, Freud and Marx to realise that human civilisation would be unrecognisably diminished without the achievements of the Jewish people. The same goes for the Jewish contribution to London today.

http://politics.guardian.co.uk/gla/comment/0,9236,1430185,00.html

Can you imagine him praising the white British for their far greater achievements? Or attending a Christmas service and praising Christianity like this?

Mayor hosts ceremony for Hanukkah

The Mayor of London and Rabbi Gershon Overlander, Director of Chabad House Hendon, held a ceremony at City Hall to light a sacred Menorah to mark Hanukkah, the eight day Jewish Festival of Lights. Ken Livingstone the Mayor of London said:

‘I am pleased to be able to host the lighting of the Menorah at City Hall. Hanukkah is an important period in the Jewish calendar commemorating the Jewish struggle for religious freedom. I am proud that London continues to be a city where different faiths and communities live alongside each other with tolerance and respect. Jewish people have made a vast contribution to freedom of religion and cultural expression in this city over many centuries. In recognition of this, I intend this to be an annual event at City Hall. I would like to wish London’s Jewish communities a very happy Hanukkah.’

http://www.london.gov.uk/view_press_release.jsp?releaseid=6644

If white Christians aren't offended by Livingstone, they've obviously not been paying attention to what he's been doing and saying all his adult life.

4 January 2008 at 18:14  
Anonymous Winston Churchill @ 1000rpm said...

A pro-Israeli British blogger faces arrest and years of imprisonment for telling the truth about Islam. Is this the start of the British government's clampdown on the counter-jihadist blogosphere in response to the recent UN resolution (as reported by Your Grace) on 'defamation of Islam'?

4 January 2008 at 18:20  
Blogger Snuffleupagus said...

Nedsherry
Ken has only taken notice of the Jewish community in recent years because of the offence he has caused them in the past. No doubt his advisors have told him to do so. His Grace is right to highlight his very bizarre behaviour towards them in the past.

Undoubtedly, the very favourable reaction towards Ken now by the Muslim community has its roots in Ken's previous behaviour in ignoring London's Jewish community when he invited that shocking individual to be his guest.

4 January 2008 at 18:33  
Anonymous nedsherry said...

Why should a politician have to care so much about what the tiny "Jewish community" is or is not offended by? Because it's a very powerful community. That's why Ken is sucking up frantically now. He ignores whites and Christians because he knows they don't count.

5 January 2008 at 16:39  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Most of the Jewish community, including the Board of Deputies, will have nothing to do with Livingstone, who is an out-and-out antisemite.

I have seen some of his correspondence with a member of the Jewish community, in which he states that he backs the Muslim community because they have the power and the votes.

Mark my words, first it will be the Jews, and then it will be the rest.

This is my most recent blog on dhimmitude in Great Britain:

http://irenelancaster.typepad.com/my_weblog/2008/01/the-total-and-u.html

6 January 2008 at 20:00  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your Grace, Livingstone is an anti semite of long standing and everything that he has said and done since assuming the Mayoralty has reinforced that as fact.

He can also count and knows that there are now, thanks to our disasterous open borders policy under Labour, a lot more Muslims in London than Jews. This means that his unacceptable views also happen to coincide with his electoral calculus, as well as with the growing Jew hatred fostered by the extreme left, and so leads to his current strategy for this year's election.

7 January 2008 at 11:55  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The only reason these Muslim individuals support Ken is because he allows them to keep their snouts in the public finance trough of grants and various other dead end payments.

7 January 2008 at 14:20  

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