Every political campaign gets accusations of fibbing from either side. But how low Zac Goldsmith is willing to go to be Mayor of London has taken even us by surprise.
Zac Goldsmith claims his rival Sadiq Khan is guilty of “giving cover to extremists” like Babar Ahmad by campaigning on their behalf. This is one of the key accusations of his campaign, and he made them again this week.
At a hustings organised by City AM newspaper on Tuesday 12th April, Goldsmith said:
To say that because I campaigned for my constituent and for Gary McKinnon, both of whose cases I felt were entirely unjust, to suggest that that means I was campaigning on behalf of Babar Ahmad, who I had never heard of until quite recently, I think is an extraordinary thing to say.
Sadiq Khan says he has evidence of Goldsmith speaking out on Ahmad’s behalf, which Zac Goldsmith challenges him to present.
Goldsmith also says
On Boris Johnson I have no idea, but I very much doubt he would have been campaigning for someone like Babar Ahmad, a convicted terrorist…
Actually, both Boris and Goldsmith spoke out in favour of Babar Ahmad being put on trial in the UK instead of being extradited to the US.
And here is the video we made to prove it.
Goldsmith is shown in the video as saying
I just want to echo the comments that have already been made… this isn’t just about Babar Ahmad, there are many examples of people who have been chewed up as a result of our lopsided extradition arrangements with other countries.
Babar Ahmad is a story which has caught people’s imagination I have been bombarded with letters from my local constituents. I forget. I’ve lost track of how many. I’ve had so many letters [on Babar Ahmad’s case]
Yet, Goldsmith pretends he hadn’t heard of Babar Ahmad nor spoken on his behalf (hat-tip Adam Bienkov)
Can you trust a man who fibs so blatantly?