A No 10 spokesman said the prime minister was referring to reports that Gani supported ‘an’ Islamic state, as opposed to Isis [Image: Lauren Hurley/PA].

A No 10 spokesman said the prime minister was referring to reports that Gani supported ‘an’ Islamic state, as opposed to Isis [Image: Lauren Hurley/PA].

Is there a limit to David Cameron’s dishonesty?

Even when he’s apologising, he’s trying to lie to us all about it!

Yesterday, Downing Street released a statement regarding ill-advised comments made by the most disgraceful excuse for a prime minister the UK has ever had last week.

Cameron had been desperately trying to tie Sadiq Khan, at the time Labour’s candidate to be Mayor of London – and a Muslim, together with extremist terrorists such as the organisation that misnames itself Islamic State.

This is what he said:

160512 Cameron words Suliman Gani

Fortunately for democracy – and especially considering the disgraceful Islamophobic campaign run by Tory candidate Zac Goldsmith, of which Cameron’s words were only a part, Mr Khan won at the polls.

Unfortunately for Cameron, his words about Suliman Gani were completely untrue. Although he was protected from prosecution by the absolute privilege afforded to all MPs within the Commons chamber, it became clear to Cameron that he had gone too far and a retraction was necessary.

This is the retraction:

160512 Cameron apology Suliman Gani

Compare and contrast it with the original statement. They don’t mesh, do they?

While Cameron may be “clear” that he does not want his words to be interpreted as meaning Suliman Gani supported Daesh (IS in his original remarks), everybody else may be assured that it was exactly what he was implying.

So the apology “for any misunderstanding” is utterly worthless.

It’s the sort of thing you’d expect from a naughty schoolboy, not the prime minister of one of world’s major powers.

It is also a huge gesture of disrespect to the victims of his hate speech.

If This Writer was Suliman Gani – or Sadiq Khan, I would demand that Cameron own up and apologise properly.

David Cameron has issued an apology to Suliman Gani, the Muslim cleric he accused of supporting Islamic State in the House of Commons, saying he regrets “any misunderstanding” that had arisen.

The prime minister had been under mounting pressure to respond after the defence secretary Michael Fallon said sorry to Gani, who had begun legal action against him for repeating the claim that he supported the extremist group outside the Commons, where parliamentary privilege does not apply.

Cameron had claimed Gani was a “supporter of IS”, in heated exchanges in the Commons in April, when he questioned the judgment of London mayoral candidate Sadiq Khan for repeatedly sharing a platform with him.

On Wednesday night, a No 10 spokesman said: “In reference to the prime minister’s comments on Suliman Gani, the prime minister was referring to reports that he supports an Islamic state. The prime minister is clear this does not mean Mr Gani supports the organisation Daesh [Isis] and he apologises to him for any misunderstanding.”

Source: David Cameron apologises after saying ex-imam ‘supported Islamic State’ | Politics | The Guardian


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