This [state of affairs] is not the consequence of the racial and religious mix of the population, nor is it linked to any ascertainable pattern of social or other deprivation. It is the result of the ruthless ambition of one man.
Election court judge Richard Mawre
REMEMBER LAST May's European and local council elections. As I recall there was a prolonged delay in the Tower Hamlets declaration, constantly being referred to by the BBC's David Dimbleby on the night; during which the name of Lutfur Rahman, the one time member of the Labour Party, was standing once more as Mayor. The delay went on and on, and as it continued Rahman's name became familiar to me. There was no suggestion that the delay was due to foul play on his behalf; and he was eventually elected as the night unfolded to the mayoral office: but suspicion abounded.
Not with me who had never heard of him, as well as the millions of others who live outside of London: rumour had it that Lutfur was a dodgy character who was expelled from the Labour Party for what I do not know, and do not wish to know. What goes on in London is as indifferent to me as what goes on in EastEnders.
But the Lutfur election to office was challenged by Labour supporter Andrew Erlam and three others; and the Election Commissioner Richard Mawrey found in their favour; declaring that the election should be re-run without Mr Rahman's name on the list of candidates. According to Mr Mawrey, Rahman Lutfur had played both the racist and religious card in order to "cling on to power"; and Mr Mawrey has now ordered that Rahman should pay £250,000 in costs following an Election Court trial that is estimated to have run up legal bills in the region of £1 million.
T SEEMS TO ME THAT Lutfur Rahman used his ethnicity and religion to advance his career; and used it to great effect within the Labour Party before he was thrown overboard before the party itself was embarrassed by his nefarious practices. The Labour party as well as all of the other three main political parties, in their eagerness to prove their multicultural identity, are always fully prepared to drag, if necessary by the hair and all four limbs into their camp, all ethnic minorities - and Lutfur proved such a prize for Labour.
Lutfur Rahman proved an evil presence in Tower Hamlets; but he was given his start in local politics by those pioneers of multiculturalism – the Labour Party: who naively believed that because Rahman was an ethnic minority he was automatically a victim persecuted by white racism for the colour of his skin and his Islamic faith.
But let me quote from the Daily Mail on what happened when Rahman appeared in court; he: "… was accused of having 'subverted democracy' by masterminding a campaign of corruption and intimidation to rig his re-election last year.
Muslim voters were left in tears at the ballot box after being warned it was a 'sin' not to back the controversial mayor, the High Court heard in February.
Barrister Francis Hoar told the court that anyone who challenged Rahman's crooked practices was branded 'racist or Islamophobic'. The court then went on to hear that; " the children of electoral rivals received death threats on their mobiles, [and their] postal ballots were doctored, elderly voters were manipulated and an army of 'ghost voters' was registered.
Rahman allegedly funnelled hundreds of thousands of pounds of public money to organisations run by his cronies.
Before election day last year, residents – 'often elderly and with little English' – would be approached by canvassers with applications for postal votes, Mr Hoar said.
"Supporters of Lutfur Rahman told voters that 'you do not have to go and vote yourself, just give us the card and we will sort it out for you'.' There were numerous examples of men ordering women how to vote or voting for them, it was claimed.
Mr Hoar told the court in February: 'Since the beginning of his political career he [Rahman], has been prepared to take whatever steps, use whatever means, recruit whatever support, to obtain power – power for himself, power for his friends and most importantly, power over his community.'
SUCH PRACTICES tell us a great deal about multiculturalism and its practices. Lutfur Rahman has a dodgy past; it has to have been for both the Labour Party and Channel Four News to turn against him. The Labour Party did so when Channel Four did an investigation into Rahman that linked him to the Islamic Forum of Europe, which is an Islamic body with anti-Western and Islamist connections.
There will be more Lutfur Rahman's in the future because our politically correct parties will allow such creatures' ever wider access to the levers of either local or national government without looking to deeply into their past for fear being handed by one of them the black spot of racism or Islamaphobia.
Lutfur, like those child rapists in Rochdale, Rotherham and Oxford among other towns; will continue to prevail because of the liberal fear of being deemed racist; that accursed word that the liberals are only too willing to level at the Right, whether deserved or not. The Lutfur Rahman's will always test the liberalista whose fear of being called or charged with racism will always torment them. The charge and fear of racism has haunted the liberal establishment for four decades and they have bowed down to any charge levelled against them, from any ethnic minority that wishes to appeal to their liberal flaw.
Lutfur Rahman managed to immerse himself into the political class through the anti-inquisitorial nature of the Labour Party when it came to electing an ethnic minority representative of the party in a constituency like Tower Hamlets. As far as the Labour Party were concerned – black skin was best; brown skin okay; white skin a no, no in such constituencies. In other words the Labour Party was always obeying their own multicultural agenda when it came to supporting Lutfur Rahman.