Mehdi Hasan on Sadiq Khan

Writing in the Guardian, ‘… To have a Muslim elected mayor of London, with a bigger personal democratic mandate than any other politician in Europe bar the presidents of France and Portugal, would strike a significant blow against the simplistic narratives of Islamophobes and Islamists alike. (This isn’t, incidentally, an endorsement of Khan’s candidacy, nor should religious background ever be a reason to vote for, or against, a candidate. It is simply an observation of fact… Surveys show London’s Muslims want to make a difference, to contribute to their communities and stand for office. The shabby and calumnious treatment of Khan’s candidacy by his opponents will only serve to deter those members of a marginalised and demonised community from coming forward. Then the radicals and extremists will really have won – and we will all be the losers.’ click here.