One aspect of the election campaign that helped win Bradford West for George Galloway was a leaflet smear campaign against his oppenent, Imran Hussain. The leaflets accused Mr. Hussain, amongst other things, of drinking alcohol. Galloway, said the leaflet, is teetotal.
This at least is one claim bombastic Ken cannot make – Channel 4 devoted a whole programme to his drink problem, but he has the dubious advantage of George Galloway supporting his campaign.
In a move that duplicates the incendiary leaflet campaign in Bradford West, the Sunday Times reported today that 75 mosques and Islamic centres throughout London were targeted with leaflets smearing Boris Johnson.
The leaflet urged Muslims to vote for Ken Livingstone and accused Boris of believing that Islam is as wicked as the Nazis. (Boris’s great grandfather was a Muslim and could recite the entire Koran by heart.) After the 7/11 bombing, Boris wrote a harsh article in the Spectator, criticising extremist aspects of the religion. He has told Muslim leaders he regrets this. As in Bradford West, it is not known who sent the leaflets. Livingstone’s campaign denied any knowledge. Boris has been doing extremely well in the polls.
Somebody is so desperate to win they are prepared to fight dirty to conquer the formidable opposition.