A FAMOUS Dalston mosque has been adorned with an ad for a political party founded last year by Happy Mondays maracas player Bez.
Across the dome of Britain’s first Turkish mosque capital letters shout “Vote for hope”. A strapline urges the electorate to “Vote for Nigel Askew”.
Askew phoned Loving Dalston today to explain why he is advertising in Hackney when he is campaigning for a seat 115km away.
“I painted the ad partly to counter Islamophobia. Ukip is about being divisive.
“The Islamic committee man at the mosque told me: ‘You can paint on my mosque because you’re standing up to Nigel Farage. His party stands for dividing communities’.
“I painted the sign. It wasn’t difficult, although I had a couple of young spraypainters that I knew – graphics artists – helping me.”
Asked how he contacted the mosque, in Shacklewell Lane, Shacklewell E8 2DA, Askew said: “I knew someone who went to it and I showed them a photograph from Northern Ireland years ago with an ANC [African National Congress] flag and a message saying ‘One day all men will be free’.
“So they said: ‘Sure, the mosque is yours.’
There was no charge.
Askew added: “It’s about unity in Hackney: that’s why they did it.”
(Nobody mention the separation between religion and the State, OK?) The mosque was unavailable for comment.
The would-be MP described himself as a photographer but when pushed a little admitted: “Oh, yes, I do have a pub in Ramsgate.”
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