London Mayor, Sadiq khan has restated his boldness against ISIS and assurance of a good life after Brexit. After the June 2016 referendum which saw a large section of British citizens voting to exit the EU, Sadiq Khan, just in his second month as Mayor of London, was quick to reassure immigrants that they were still a vital part of the city they helped create.
• Khan’s bold expressions
Khan, a son of Pakistani immigrants, lawyer and former member of House of Commons has been an advocate for a multicultural, outward-looking U.K.
“London has a unique selling point: We’re the cultural capital of the U.K., we’re the political capital, we’re the financial capital, so if you come here, it’s all in one place. Frankfurt, Paris, Rome, Dublin, they’ve each got some wonderful things in each of their cities, but they’re not the complete package,” he says.
• London terror attacks, ISIS and its impact on khan’s belief
London has since January experienced four terror attacks, three of which was claimed by Islamic State, including the Sept. 15 attack on an Underground train, and the other by anti-Muslim radicalism.
Not swayed by the negativity, Khan has been exclusively defensive of his own Muslim faith, thereby drawing threats from Islamists who dubbed him as an apostate and from racists who hate him for his religion and the color of his skin.
While speaking of Islamic State, he says, “Their thesis is that Islam and the West are incompatible. But we know from our experience—not just in America and the U.K., but around the West—that that’s not true. It’s possible to be a Westerner and Muslim, as I am. The West doesn’t hate us. I am the West.”
Nick Spencer, a research director at Theos, a British think tank, has this to say about the London Mayor: “There are politicians who, by articulating their particular view, change the weather a little bit. I have the sense he may be like that. I suspect that makes it more possible for others to follow in his footsteps.”
• His reaction to Trump’s criticism of Scotland Yard
Khan’s political exploits in the West despite being a Muslim has drawn him into the centre of conflict with US President Donald Trump, especially when the latter announced his plan to ban citizens of certain mostly Muslim nations from traveling to the U.S. in January.
Asked about Trump’s tweets regarding the latest terror attack, which criticized the Mayor’s office for not being “proactive,” Khan told a U.K. radio host, “I’ve simply been too busy this morning to look at my Twitter.”
He said: “The whole Donald Trump thing—I’m a reluctant participant in all this stuff. Britain will always stand “shoulder to shoulder” with America, but you’ve also got to be straight with them and tell them when they’re wrong.”