Ross Lydall writes a revealing article about Ken Livingstone's new campaign team for the 2012 London Mayoral Election. What LM finds disappointing is the lack of any Muslims in the team for an election which has an enormous Muslim constituency of well over 1 million votes.
The article highlights yesterday's story about Lee Jasper and the role Jennette Arnold is alleged to have played in sidelining Jasper. Arnold is the token Labour black face on the London Assembly along with Murad Qureshi being the token "Muslim" who does not practice Islam or pray however, Qureshi's major advantage is he does not rock the boat or threaten the white establishment.
London Labour are past masters at playing different ethnic communities against each other and regularly have old black members of the party sitting on disciplinary panels against Muslim pillars of the community although the likes of Arnold and Quershi do exactly what they are told unlike the excellent Christine Shawcroft who refused to support the suspension of Lutfur Rahman from the Party.
Simon Flethcher Ken's CEO must avoid relying on the advice of the discredited Murad Querishi or old timers at Mosques that increasingly are seen as out of touch by Muslim youth and in some instances a handshake or photo opp with some Muslim charlatans who run Mosques could be counter productive. In addition, the MCB has become a joke and simply a vehicle for a few Pakistanis and Bangladeshis to indulge their self importance.
What Ken requires is someone like the Islam Channel's CEO Mohamed Ali who is considered authentic and respected within the Muslim community, is feared by the Israelites and is strategic/coordinated, understands the vibrant and diverse nature of the London Muslim community along with what buttons to push in order to get out the vote. In addition to Mohamed Ali, Team Ken should be guided by those London MPs who against the odds defeated their Tory opponents by mobilising the Muslim vote most notably Karen Buck, Andy Slaughter and Sadiq Khan.
Parasites like Gilligan and Israelites including the Jewish Chronicle, Harry's Place as well as the ghastly Muslim obsessed Edward Jeory a supporter of disgraced Phil Woolas will probably be lining up against Ken who in response requires not a media denial strategy providing authenticity to the Israelite attack dog narrative but alternatively a shift in strategy ensuring the Israelites take the bait.
Ken's most effective leaflet at the last election was one produced by the MAB which listed a series of anti Islam quotes by Boris Johnson and had a significant impact within the London Muslim community. However, sadly it was too little too late and responsibility must be laid at the door of Redmond O Neil who only late in the campaign begun to realise the importance of the leaflet or the need to ensure high profile visits which sadly were never effectively coordinated with the specialist broadcast Muslim media.
Clearly Obama's technique of online and viral campaigning has set the benchmark however, Ken must not lose sight of the fact that the Muslim population unlike others is rapidly growing but we are a younger population and possibly less inclined to vote. As a result the need to target Muslim youth online both during the long and short campaign is vital. Aggressive targeted quotes from those Israelites who oppose Ken is exactly the tonic required to transform support into actually getting out the vote. Ironically Ken's biggest weapon will be the Israelites.
The political winds of change are blowing in London which ultimately will prove beneficial to Ken, the Evening Standard appear to be neutral on this occasion, Boris has made a mess of London's transport and Ken has tacitly acknowledged the need to also focus on outer London not just Zones 1 & 2. However, with the Lib Dem's set to be decimated in any future elections Ken must not take his eye off the ball with regard to the crucial Muslim vote. Muslims in 2012 will win London for Ken although he needs to acknowledge his current campaign team is not inclusive of appropriate Muslims and that needs to change forthwith in order to avoid snatching defeat from victory through taking the Muslim vote for granted.