by: Leslie Bunder - Last updated: 2004-06-11
As London went to the ballot box on June 10 to vote for a new mayor for the capital, SomethingJewish has invited all the candidates to respond to a series of questions on where they stand on general as well as specific issues. Find out what UK Independence Party candidate Frank Maloney said.
1. Why should Jewish Londoners vote for you?
Because i will not discriminate between any religion or nationality, If you live or work in London you are a part of the London community and all Londoners should have the same opportunities,
2. How have you worked with Jewish Londoners (either personally or professionally)?
Yes, i have worked with a number of Jewish Londoners in the sport and entertainment world and i have a few friends of the Jewish faith.
3. What do you understand about Jewish life and culture and the contribution Jews have made to London life?
I believe that the Jewish religion to be one of the oldest religions and i am fascinated by its culture. I was amazed to learn that certain sections of the Jewish religion will not have anything to do with electrical goods or enter a lift during their sabbath. As a young man when i was at college i worked on at a number of Jewish weddings as a waiter and could see how strict they were over the way their food was prepared.
Most people in the sporting business world know that Jewish men and women are very well thought of and have a done a great deal to promote the capital in the financial and business world.
4. If elected mayor what would you do to help promote Jewish culture in London?
As London Mayor i will represent all Londoners in the same way as i do not believe one group should have preferential treatment over any other. I would support a large Jewish event in London to go alongside the other parades and celebrations we have. I will ensure that Jews have the same opportunities as anyone else.
5. What will you do to help facilitate better relations between ethnic and religious groups in London.
I would hold meetings with the leaders of religous and ethnic groups and encourage them to work together in the communities and with young people more and organise sporting events and debating groups as well as visit each others places of worship.
6. What is your position on the conflict in the Middle East between Israelis and Palestinians and how do you think the situation can be resolved?
I do support the Israeli leader Ariel Sharon in this action against terrorists but more care has be taken not to alienate the arab-israelis. I do not have any answers to how the situation can be resolved but as a start all the groups involved need to work together more and reduce violence.
7. They are calls by some to ban the practice of ritual slaughter of animals used for food. This practice is paramount to both the Jewish and Muslim faiths, what is your position on ritual slaughter of animals for food and do you support those who think it should be banned or those who do not want it banned.
I am not in favour of the ritual slaughter but it is important to some religions. As long as it is used in the right circumstances and in the right places i see no reason to support any ban what so ever.
8. What steps will you take to ensure that the rising tide of anti-Semitism is curbed?
The Jewish people should be given the same protection and respect as any other member of the public. Hate-crime is unnacceptable under any circumstance and will not be tolerated.
9. Name some Jewish people you admire and respect and tell us why?
I do admire Ariel Sharon in the way he stands up for his people and does not back down. In the world of entertainment i admire Steven Spielberg and his films, especially Schindlers List which had such an effect on people.
10. What is your favourite Jewish food and why?
Salt beef. I had a pub in Aldgate and arranged meetings at the Jewish restaurant Blooms where I regularly enjoyed salt beef with mustard on rye bread.