Saturday, 5 February 2011

The politics of slander

Councillor Mullaney’s claims about me are disgusting lies and I reject them completely. He has every right to forcefully challenge my political stances – but not to employ outrageous smears in doing so.

I am calling for a public apology from Cllr Mullaney and from the Conservative and Liberal Democrat parties whose administration he represents as a Cabinet member, for his statement that ‘if one of the failed 21/7 London suicide bombers had been in the Council Chamber, Cllr Yaqoob would have been demanding the Council applaud the failed suicide bomber for their past heroic actions’.

I have been a peace activist for many years. Whilst critical of politicians’ support of military intervention abroad, I have been equally consistent in condemning suicide bombing. It is simply a lie and and a deliberate attempt to slander my character to suggest otherwise.

A fuller rebuttal of his smears will follow.