Race Rows in London's Mayoral Election

@boiboing (12882)
Northampton, England
May 6, 2016 11:07am CST
Nobody expects politicians to play nice all the time but I think many of us in the UK have been pretty disgusted by the racial undertones surrounding yesterday's election for the London Mayor. To be fair, the last two mayors have both been controversial figures so I suppose we shouldn't be surprised that the leading candidates this time have been rather colourful characters. The Conservative candidate - Zac Goldsmith - and his party leader David Cameron have made some very unpleasant allegations that the Labour candidate, Sadiq Khan has some unpleasant friends. Let's get down to it - we have a Jewish Conservative attempting to exploit recent 'anti-semitic' issues in the Labour party whilst attacking the Labour candidate for hanging around with Islamic extremists. Apparently it's OK to accuse your opposition candidate's party leadership of being anti-semitic whilst you throw stones at him for being a Muslim. Sadiq Khan's background is as an international Human Rights lawyer - so nobody should be so surprised that he's defended people who might not be on everybody's Christmas card list. Politics is a dirty business. I'm sitting here with my fingers crossed and hoping that Sadiq Khan can hold onto his lead and win this election. Not because I know, like or admire him - but because anybody who plays dirty on racial grounds like Zac Goldsmith has been doing deserves to get his butt kicked by the general public. (Must have been great fun around the Goldsmith table when Zac's sister was married to Pakistani cricketer turned politician Imran Khan)
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@Asylum (48266)
• Manchester, England
6 May 16
It is extremely bad taste to use racism as a political weapon.
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@boiboing (12882)
• Northampton, England
7 May 16
When reasoned argument fails, too many turn to name-calling and bullying.
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@Asylum (48266)
• Manchester, England
7 May 16
@boiboing This approach has existed ever since voting began.
7 May 16
He seems decent enough. Nice to see him win. Zac Goldsmith seemed just a tad smarmy to me.
@boiboing (12882)
• Northampton, England
7 May 16
A tad? I think he was a little too sure of his insubstantial talents. The term 'cocky rich bas&*rd' comes to mind.
@teamfreak16 (41173)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
6 May 16
You probably have noticed that we have an extremely racist presidential candidate. Hope both he and your guy lose big-time.
@boiboing (12882)
• Northampton, England
7 May 16
Your nation's standing in the world is going to take a giant swan dive if your countrymen and women vote that moron into the White House.
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@Fleura (7194)
• United Kingdom
6 May 16
Don't know what to say - politics is a dirty business, and so is law.
@boiboing (12882)
• Northampton, England
7 May 16
Yes, that's true on both counts.
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@Jessicalynnt (47895)
• Centralia, Missouri
7 May 16
I really hate hearing politicians make comments about their opponents. Tell me what YOU plan to do, what YOU stand for. Don't tell me what they are doing/standfor/etc. I wouldn't believe a word anyways, not when YOU stand to profit by making them look bad.