LONDON: Sadiq Khan, the new Labour mayor of London, has launched a blistering attack on Prime Minister David Cameron and Zac Goldsmith, accusing them of doing gutter racist politics by linking Islam with terrorism and trying to turn different ethnic communities against each other to stop him winning in the capital.Sadiq Khan made reference to how Zac Goldsmith and David Cameron lied about Khan’s links with terrorists and how the Tory campaigners used Khan’s religion to scare nearly one million Hindu, Sikhs and Tamil voters in London. The results clearly suggest that Zac Goldsmith’s tactics failed and Hindus overwhelmingly voted for Sadiq Khan and supported Labour party.
Writing in the Observer after becoming the most powerful Muslim politician in Europe, Khan said the PM and Goldsmith deployed tactics “straight out of the Donald Trump playbook” – a reference to the anti-Muslim campaign of the Republican hopeful in the US who has openly attacked Islam and Muslims to win voters.Khan said that during the campaign he had hoped the campaign would focus on issues such as housing, transport, policing 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,” he said.
“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.”During the election campaign, run by Cameron’s election strategist Lynton Crosby, the Tories did everything, using support of the right wing media to paint Khan as a radical, suggesting he had questions to answer because he had shared platforms with extremists in the past and defended them in his time as a human rights lawyer.
Khan said it was a matter for Cameron whether he wished to apologise for the content and tone of the Tory campaign, but vowed to work with the him in the interest of Londoners.Jemima Khan stood by her brother Zac Goldsmith and ran campaign for him but criticised his toxic campaign when it became apparent that Zac Goldsmith has lost the election. Campaigners have said that Jemima Goldsmith’s criticism is “too little, too late” because she stayed silent when Muslims were being attacked by his brother.
On Sunday, Zac Goldsmith’s family hit back last night over claims that his “racist” campaign against Sadiq Khan had contributed to his defeat in the London Mayoral election.Zac’smother Lady Annabel shot back at the “unfair” criticism of his son and said. “Zac is the least racist person I know. I’m very sad for him… with a family man like Zac, who’s mad about his children and likes to be with them the whole time, I think being mayor would have been a difficult juggle for him, but he would have made a very good one. I think all these things that have been said about him are very unfair.”
Lady Annabel, 81, said that Zac Goldsmith was very close to British Pakistani Sulaiman and Qasim, sons of Imran Khan and Jemima. “How can Zac be racist when he has two beloved nephews he adores, Jemima’s boys?”Zac’s younger brother Ben Goldsmith said: “I am proud of my brother. He is the most decent, thoughtful, visionary man I know. It is because of his influence that I have grown up an environmentalist.”