Zac Goldsmith brands Sadiq Khan ‘fundamentally unprincipled’

Posted On: 
5th April 2016

Zac Goldsmith has launched a scathing attack on Sadiq Khan, branding his rival to be London mayor “fundamentally unprincipled”.

Tory candidate for Mayor of London, Zac Goldsmith
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The Tory candidate said he could not think of another UK politician who has engaged in more “flip-flopping” for political reasons than his Labour opponent.

He said: "I can’t think of another politician in this country who has engaged in more flip-flopping for political reasons than Sadiq Khan. So when I say he is unprincipled, that for me defines what being unprincipled in politics means, that’s what it’s about.

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“It’s someone who will say something but will say something completely different depending on who they’re talking to and what their ambition in politics is at that particular time. That is the definition of being unprincipled in politics.”

However, Mr Goldsmith did have some praise for his rival's decision to back same-sex marriage.

He said: "There is one thing which causes me to pause because I have to tell you that in my time in politics, I have dealt with all manner or all types of politicians. And I do regard him to be fundamentally unprincipled and there is so much evidence of that,” he told the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show.

“But the one thing that causes me to question that is the fact that he supported gay marriage, which is surprising. I know it was difficult for him. I think that shows that there is something there beyond the naked opportunism. So maybe I have to revise my view slightly.”

Mr Goldsmith has come in for criticism over his campaign tactics and personal critique of Mr Khan.

Speaking to the House magazine last month, he defended the style of his bid for mayoralty and insisted that Mr Khan is “not fit” for London’s top job.

A new poll yesterday gave Mr Khan an eight point lead in the race for City Hall.