Mayor of London Sadiq Khan (Credit: Getty/Narinder Nanu)
BBC News is in the midst of damage control after a reporter mistakenly asked London mayor Sadiq Khan, whose family hails from India, if his visit to Pakistan was “like coming home.” Ever the Brit, Mayor Khan smiled and quickly replied “No, home is south London, mate.”
Blinder from @SadiqKhan on BBC news just now. pic.twitter.com/ge1rmGjuUB
— plain old DJ Artwork (@artworkmagnetic) December 6, 2017
Though his family is from the Indian subcontinent, Khan famously grew up in Tooting, after his parents moved to south London in 1968, his father working as a driver on the number 44 bus.
However, a BBC spokesman claims Khan “understood the context of the question.”
“My family are from this part of the world, from the Indian subcontinent,” Khan had continued. “Obviously there’s an emotional connection for me, bearing in mind my connections to this great part of the world.”
Nevertheless, social media was less than enthused.
I sincerely doubt anyone would ask Iain Duncan Smith “how it feels to be home” on a work visit to Japan. Sadiq Khan was born and raised in South London. To even ask the Mayor of London that question is …read more