Video

Could this young Muslim unseat Boris Johnson in the UK election?

Boris Johnson may have his eyes on being the prime minister but, if successful, he will walk into No 10 with one of the smallest majorities in history. The candidate trying to oust him from the seat of Uxbridge and South Ruislip is Ali Milani, a 24-year-old Muslim immigrant, who describes himself as the ‘antithesis’ of Boris Johnson
Subscribe to The Guardian on YouTube ► http://is.gd/subscribeguardian

Support the Guardian ► https://support.theguardian.com/contribute

Today in Focus podcast ► https://www.theguardian.com/news/series/todayinfocus

Sign up for the Guardian documentaries newsletter ► https://www.theguardian.com/info/2016/sep/02/sign-up-for-the-guardian-documentaries-update

The Guardian ► https://www.theguardian.com

The Guardian YouTube network:

Guardian News ► http://is.gd/guardianwires
Owen Jones talks ► http://bit.ly/subsowenjones
Guardian Football ► http://is.gd/guardianfootball
Guardian Sport ► http://bit.ly/GDNsport
Guardian Culture ► http://is.gd/guardianculture <br> <h3>Auto Generated Captions</h3>

Actually the simplicity of the choice
here is really stark.
It’s Ali Milani or Boris Johnson.
It’s either a 24-year-old local resident
who studied here, who uses the same
services here,
or it’s a serial liar, the charlatan, the man who’s using every one of these residents, myself included,
as a platform for No 10.
And our job is to stop him.
Hello guys!
How are you?
My name is Ali.
I’m the local parliamentary candidate.
So I’m standing against Boris Johnson in this area.
So we’re just kind of going
around saying hello to everyone,
seeing if there’s any local issues …
I’m going to take a guess and say you’ve never seen Boris Johnson on this road.
No.
No.
That’s what we’re hearing.
[Voice: Bollocks to Boris!] Everything’s a vanity project, he wants
the working class sort of white family
to blame the immigrants next door,
he wants to other Muslim women …
We’re going to start
fundraising today.
It would be the first time he’d be in the constituency,
so it will be good.
At the next election,
Boris Johnson won’t just be defeated as a potential prime minister, he will be unseated as an MP as a whole,
and we will walk Jeremy Corbyn to
Downing Street at No 10.
Solidarity!
Come on in.
So this is humble abode
but this is pretty much it.
And yeah, so a little bit smaller than
Boris’s.
I’ve got old comics,
newer comics, all the blu-rays …
I’ve got two Malcolm X posters.
Every once in a while
I’ll get some mail from people.
‘Boris Johnson is a dangerous buffoon, I’ll vote for whoever stands against him, please oust him.’
This is the sort of antithesis of Boris.
I was never supposed to be an MP,
never supposed to run for parliament.
For us it was just about survival.
Remember those little like electricity
and gas things that you put in?
It was about, can we fill that up the following week?
Whereas you look at the Johnson family, you know,
one became university minister, one’s
running to be prime minister,
everyone’s sort of got this Eton plan
of where they’re going to go.
I think it’s safe to say I was never supposed to be an MP.
So the number of ethnic minorities in
the area has doubled since 2010.
It sounds like we’re about
to hit the 30% BAME figure
and every seat in the country
that has 30% BAME constituents,
goes Labour.
Hello!
We’re a little bit late!
Yeah, should we take a quick photo?
Yeah.
Awesome.
Let’s go.
Get themselves …
– Registered.
He said he didn’t want to be on camera
because all of his friends are Conservatives.
But he thinks Boris Johnson’s a liar and for that reason he’s going to vote for us.
Boris represents a space in politics
all across the western world.
This isn’t junk mail.
Look at the handsome young man in the front,
that can’t be junk mail.
He is purposely playing communities
against each other.
And for me that’s, you know,
that’s as bad as, you know, the racist comments
that you slip hop on or the ‘piccaninnies and watermelon smiles’ and all that kind of stuff.
Muslim women, you know,
he’s likened to letter boxes …
You know, if I’d said one of
those things, I’d be dead and buried politically.
You had a bit of problems with that
antisemitism in the past.
Are you worried that those comments
that you’ve made are likely to come back?
And your opponents will use them
against you again and again?
No because for me, they are
as part of my story as everything else.
I apologised and the key thing for me was,
post apology, how can I reach out to the communities?
How can I develop trust?
But also, what can I do to make sure that
the kids don’t make the same mistakes I made
as a teenager in tweeting stupid stuff.
So I’m deeply embarrassed by them
but what I try and do is to speak to people
as to the context in which they
came, the schooling, the education,
all that kind of stuff that we
that we went through.
I think it’s more helpful to say,
OK, this is a problem, how can we make sure
that we give that level
of anti-racist education
and the social historical context
of language to kids.
Always.
If you ever feel comfortable
in the amount of anti-racist work that you’re doing,
then you’re not doing enough.
No, I think a lot of people are playing
Fortnite while I’m knocking on doors.
But I love it.
I’m local and so one of the things that
everyone around here is telling us is
they want someone who knows the area
who’s passionate, you know, I went to the
same schools that your kids,
or where you go to locally and so you want
someone who has a passion here.
You know, this is what we’re going to be doing
while he parades in his press conferences
and while Boris does his … the
Boris show with all the glitz and glamour,
we’re gonna be talking to real
people on the door, trying to hear their stories.
Pleasure to meet you. Take care.
Hope to count on your support
when the election comes.

About the author

CM

1 Comment

Click here to post a comment

  • Incredible! This blog looks just like my old one! It’s onn a
    completely different subject but it has pretty much the same
    page layout and design. Wonderful choice of colors!

Topics

  • Sign up
Lost your password? Please enter your username or email address. You will receive a link to create a new password via email.