Sadiq Khan is a sly fox. He seems to be clearly positioning himself for a tilt at the top job should Jeremy Corbyn be ousted. In a series of coded remarks reported to have been made to The Times, he urged Labourites disaffected with Corbyn’s leadership to ‘stay and fight’ rather than split away.
He said: “I’ve not been approached by anyone directly but from what I understand the prospect of Labour splitting is absolutely a genuine danger. This hasn’t been a serious possibility for 35 years but it is now. I can understand why people are frustrated.”
Stay, fight and lend me your vote in a future leadership contest perhaps?? He continued: “If any Labour MPs were to split now it would be a betrayal to all those people who need a Labour government and be even worse than the Gang of Four in 1981. He warned that if Labour were to split it could ‘open the door’ to an ‘extreme’ Prime Minister, such as Jacob Rees-Mogg: “A Labour split would open the door to a truly extreme minister such as Jacob Rees-Mogg. At a time when even supposedly moderate Conservatives, such as Sajid Javid, are saying they would scrap workers’ rights and consumer protections after Brexit, you can only imagine the damage an even more extreme prime minister would cause.”
It is quite clear Khan, unsurprisingly given his opportunist character, does not support Jeremy Corbyn except one may say like a rope supports a hanged man. He is clearly an ambitious man and only sees the London Mayoralty as his opportunity to strut around the national political stage and make a name for himself. Don’t be surprised if you see more manoeuvring coming from the Khan camp.