“Race play” Seymour Wades into Tower Hamlets Debate.
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,
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”.