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Wednesday, 9 April 2008

BNP gives second vote to Boris, now it is not a joke

The British Muslim Initiative took up an advert in Tuesday's London Paper, highlighting the serious consequences of the decision of the fascist, racist British National Party's to give its second preference vote to Boris Johnson.

The advert states: "BNP gives second vote to Boris, now it is not a joke".

What does the unprecedented BNP's decision tell us about what the two have in common? The BNP has a long history of promoting xenophobia, hatred and division. Boris Johnson has never taken any steps to tackle either. While seeking to become the representative of all Londoners, he has insulted various communities, calling black people 'picaninnies', referring to Africans with' watermelon smiles' and claiming the Chinese have made no original contribution to culture.

When London was under attack on 7 July 2005, Ken Livingstone urged Londoners to stand together, not to be divided. His words united Londoners and brought pride to this city. What did Boris Johnson say in contrast? Boris Johnson declared "Islam is the problem", "[Islam] is the most viciously sectarian of all religions" and "To any non-Muslim reader of the Koran, Islamophobia…seems a natural reaction".

No surprise then in the BNP's endorsment to Boris, since their hostility to Islam and Muslims is at the core of their campaign. Their leaflets urge supporters to make May 1st a "Referendum on Islam". The BNP Lndon Manifesto pledges:

"No new mosques. Britain is a Christian country, not an Islamic one. There are more than enough mosques in London already and we would therefore prevent any new mosques from being developed."

London needs a mayor with a cohesive vision for London that all Londoners can be proud of, not one who has drawn the support of the most bigoted party in British politics.

Anas Altikriti, spokesman of BMI, commented: "It is unacceptable that a city as diverse and tolerant as London could have its direct representative decided by a neo-fascist, racist, xenophobic party. Allowing this to happen would be disastrous for London and for all those who have worked to unite all Londoners, whatever their background".

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