At the moment it looks like the fight is between Ken & Boris, with both exchanging insults and accusations all over the media. Ken Livingston is usually the favourite with the Muslim community here because of his support to Muslims and to the Palestinian cause in general, he has actually done a lot of good for London but he is not without faults.
Boris was accused by Ken of threatening to ban the Quran in the UK and of being racist towards ethnic minorities to which Boris replied that he never said anything against the Quran, he even went as far as saying that his family descends originally from Turkey and that his great grand father memorised the Quran by heart, the dirty campaign continues by those two.
While I find Brian Paddick very polite and keeping away from the cheap talk the other two are doing, I do not think he has much chance of winning. We shall find out on Friday the 2nd of May inshaAllah.
Incidentally, most schools in London are closed tomorrow because they are to be used as polling stations, last Thursday schools closed too because of a teacher's strike, I know this is going to be embarrassing to my daughter Aida but I have to say it:
After the strike was over, Aida came home and asked me if I knew what the strike was about, I said yes it was a strike by teachers over their pay, she said no baba, it was a NUT strike by teachers!I asked her if she knew what that meant to which she replied that she thinks it means that teachers have been banned from eating nuts at school so that is why they went on strike, I burst out laughing and explained to Aida that the NUT in the letters about the strike refers to the "National Union of Teachers" (NUT) and not nuts that we eat, poor Aida was very embarrassed but she couldn't stop laughing either :o)
I found the following poster stuck on many trees all over the streets surrounding my work so if you know where Bear the bear is please get in touch :o)
Goes to show how much teddy bears are loved in this country.