As perhaps the world’s most notorious practitioner of dog whistle race baiting, a party conference fringe event on Islamophobia might be the last place you would expect to find Lynton Crosby.
But that is exactly where Cameron’s election guru spoke from the platform yesterday, apparently without irony, challenging Tory candidates to work with Muslim communities in their constituencies — even invoking his stewardship of Boris Johnson’s mayoral campaigns.
Let’s remind ourselves how Crosby spoke about Muslims when running Bozza’s re-election:
According to a source, Mr Crosby said Mr Johnson should concentrate on traditional Tory voters instead of ‘f****** Muslims’.
The source added: ‘He definitely used that phrase’ and said: ‘Lynton’s view was that chasing the Muslim vote and other ethnic groups was a waste of time – and he frequently expressed himself in very strong terms. Some people found it very offensive.’
Here’s a slide from the session, which was run by Muslim engagement group MEND:
Aside from rocketing hate crime figures, what do these areas have in common?
Well, most of them had this van driving round them last summer:
Like butter wouldn’t melt.