London Muslim as many of my regular readers will know is an admirer of Sadiq Khan despite occasional slip ups and for a Tooting lad his peculiar glory seeking support of Liverpool FC.
Sadiq writes an interesting although in part rather desperate plea for Muslims to vote Labour in Left Foot Forward. The measure of desperation can be judged when any politician is compelled to scrape the barrel somewhat by amongst things claiming credit for Labour granting India independence.
Without wishing to dissect the article completely I fear my only agreement with Sadiq is when he states there have been "some problems" in the relationship between Labour and British Muslims. Sadiq is slightly disingenuous with claims that Labour friendly unions encouraged new arrivals to improve their working conditions, that may have been the case at Grunwick but Union dockers also marched on Parliament in support of the racist Enoch Powell.
Sadly on Gaza I'm sorry to say Sadiq's example of Labour support is very feeble. The reality of David Miliband and New Labour's position has been explained in detail by me previously along with the manner in which Miliband has acted as Israel's rather than Britain's Foreign Secretary.
Despite Sadiq's assertion that the Lib Dems have no ethnic minority MPs the irony is that this has not prevented Muslims feeling the Lib Dem's have the fairest foreign policy rather than the admittedly more diverse PLP.
However, my real problem with the article is when Sadiq signs off by asking Muslims who can we "trust" with our future. Sadly but honestly the answer has to be while we may be able to support certain progressive Labour candidates like Sadiq, Muslims will never be able to "trust" Labour again particularly on Foreign Policy.