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“Race play” Seymour Wades into Tower Hamlets Debate.

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Richard Seymour Advises  on Tower Hamlets Politics.

The story of Lutfur Rahman is a democratic success story. The fact that it seems dodgy to the political and media classes is indicative of how long they’ve been insulated from anything resembling real democracy.

By Richard Seymour  and Ashok Kumar  (a PhD student of Economic Geography at Oxford University. He lives in Tower Hamlets in east London.)

Compare and contrast,

The Independent.

One thing is clear, though: the Mayor is not a racist. “I grew up with black kids and white kids,” he sobbed. “I grew up with Jewish kids, Christian kids, people of no faith.”

Yet while Mr Rahman can’t take it when he’s accused of racism, some of his supporters seem happy to dish it out.

Here, for example, are comments from one supporter’s Facebook page, adorned with pictures of the Mayor: “Zionists are the root cause of all the evil on this planet right now Zionists are filthy animals with total depravity of any form of decent humanity.

“Behaviour of those who are descendants of Pigs and Monkeys (Zionist). Zionist filth!”

He is the first mayor to fund faith directly from local taxes, which some Bangladeshis themselves believe is potentially divisive.

Although money is going to synagogues and churches, so far most applicants have been mosques since Muslims are by far the most active faith group in the borough.

Lutfur Rahman is also the only mayor who has given grants to the media – over £50,000 to Bangla TV stations and newspapers whose coverage has been flattering; and to run a weekly council newspaper which the Government says has constantly promoted him and his party; and to create a logo using not just his name but also his photo – even on council dust carts.

“One of the most controversial councils in the country is facing an investigation by the Electoral Commission, after a local election vote count was finally competed Tower Hamlets in east London after five days of delays.”

Most people would have thought that Seymour would have shut up about these issues since his dispute about Race Play (see Sex, Power Play, and Trotskyism)

Most people would have considered that Seymour would have taken our kindly meant advice and done this,

“I shall eat grass and die in a ditch in the brown water where dead leaves have rotted”.

Apparently not.


Written by Andrew Coates

May 31, 2014 at 3:25 pm

4 Responses

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  1. Being a revolutionary necessitates being reliant on your own wits to critically analyse what is reported. It is a skill wholly missing from the author of this post, a state of affairs to be expected from someone with politics so appalling (in praise of Leon Blum, no less).

    Commonly reported amongst the allegations (just smears) against Rahman is that which Andrew Gilligan witlessly ‘reports’ in the Sunday Telegraph today: “One (polling station), in the not very pro-Rahman territory of Canary Wharf, was placed on a traffic island in the middle of a four-lane road.”

    This is no more than copy and paste from previous bloggers. Gilligan has not bothered to check this allegation because if he had he would have seen it is complete rubbish – the situation of the polling station (in the car-park of the red building centre in this photo) is nothing like what was described. Indeed Labour agreed with the polling station location. https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@51.50366,-0.025659,3a,45y,169.59h,90.36t/data=!3m4!1e1!3m2!1sZEiZr75v6r-9CeDmRIOwSQ!2e0

    Coates’ method is just the same here – he hasn’t bothered to report the rebuttal to the claims about delay (and which have been reported), instead just insinuating that they may be be part of some ‘fix’. But it is said that these were caused by the ‘special measures’ that the Electoral Commission insisted upon for the Tower Hamlets count.

    Is there any point to this blog when we have the Daily Telegraph?

  2. SPP, a genuine question, has your new blog been relaunched yet?


    June 1, 2014 at 3:22 pm

  3. Daggi. It exists – http://redsouthpawpunch.blogspot.co.uk/ – although I don’t know when/if I will write more there.

    Left blogs seem to see little activity nowadays, Twitter is too short and I don’t like the fractured nature of Facebook: signing in, hidden content, befriending people and all the debris on pages.

    I would be interested to know what people use where things can be lively e.g. Egypt, Turkey – when discussing stuff, rather than the immediate, ‘Get down the Square, now.’ They may well use Facebook but blogs sometimes can be the main interesting forum e.g. a fair bit of the discussion re the Rahman election was on the weasel Ted Jeory’s blog (as opposed to the inane, although voluminous, ‘it’s a fix’ or ‘vote Lutfur’ tweets.)

    It’s a shame there isn’t a Trot clearinghouse site; get away from these LP types. What do you think is/will be the way people discuss?

  4. I cited the Independent, I rarely read the Telegraph. But as Orwell said, sometimes even the Daily Telegraph tells the truth.

    And this a Blog, I can blog blog and blog.

    Andrew Coates

    June 2, 2014 at 12:08 pm

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