Lutfur Rahman Forced Out by Racism, Says Socialist Worker as Former Mayor Hand-Picks Successor.
Meanwhile Lutfur is Busy Picking Heir to the Throne.
Tower Hamlets mayor Lutfur Rahman forced out by a campaign of racism by Annette Macki.
The long Islamophobic witch hunt against Lutfur Rahman continued last week with his removal as mayor of Tower Hamlets in east London.
Election commissioner Richard Mawrey said Rahman had breached election rules and declared his re-election last year as void.
Rahman, who won with a 3,000 majority, has been banned from standing again. He has also been ordered to pay £250,000 in costs.
The judgement perpetuates the racist myth of Muslims as passive zombies manipulated by their leaders. It says, “A distinction must be made between a sophisticated, highly educated and politically literate community and a community which is traditional, respectful of authority and, possibly, not fully integrated with the other communities living in the same area.”
It upholds the claim that Rahman used “spiritual influence”. Mawrey cites a letter signed by 101 imams stating it was a “religious duty” to vote. But there was no outcry in March when a letter from Catholic bishops was read out at masses across England and Wales urging people to “think carefully” about who to vote for in the general election.
The judgement criticises Rahman for referring “to the Bangladeshi community in Tower Hamlets as if it were a small beleaguered ethnic minority in a sea of hostile racial prejudice”.
The article does not deal with any of the charges in the case.
There is no mention of the list of the offences Lutfur has been convicted of and the details of the manipulation of ‘spiritual influence’, the screams of ‘Zionist’ ‘Racist’, was a reality in Tower Hamlets. That it very clearly worked for support for one party, Rahman’s Tower Hamlets First!
As far as we are aware the Bishops did not tie their ‘spiritual influence’ to any single party – if they did, shame on them!
If Socialist Worker discovers, through its ace -reporters, that Tower Hamlets First benefited from spiritual backing, that is religious campaigning that channelled the backing of religious organisations behind Lutfur, we have no doubt that they will discuss this: as every single mainstream media outlet has done at great, great, length.
Socialists have often suffered from this kind of interference, the case of Italy being one of the most notorious.
It might be worth a mention.
Annette Macki also makes no reference to George Galloway’s former warm endorsement of the same Richard Mawrey who made this “racist” prosecution.
But that was when a judgement went in Galloway’s favour. *
Clearly there will be no need for electoral courts if Socialist Worker has its way.
Or indeed looking at ‘bourgeois’ and ‘racist’ evidence’.
A meeting to organise the fightback against the attack on democracy on Tower Hamlets has been called for Thursday of this week.
Speakers were set to include Lutfur Rahman, Salma Yaqoob, Stop the War convenor Lindsey German and Weyman Bennett from Unite Against Fascism.
Last November some 1,000 people came to a meeting in Tower Hamlets after Tory minister Eric Pickles sentin a takeover squad to run the council.
This showed the potential to build resistance to the attacks. The general election will be another opportunity.
TUSC and Left Unity candidate in Bethnal Green and Bow Glyn Robbins will be leafleting in the borough this Saturday.
He said, “On 7 May we have the chance to tell the establishment, ‘We’ll decide who to vote for and who runs our borough’ and vote for a socialist.”
Vote for the SWP and make sure there’s more electoral courts!
They will “decide who to vote for!”
In the meantime in the post-modern political world of Tower Hamlet First and its ‘simulation’ of democracy:
Trial by Jeory.
Further to this post last night, I understand from sources close to Lutfur Rahman that Cllr Rabina Khan is to be offeees the chance of being Tower Hamlets First’s candidate for mayor in June’s election.
She may well speak at the Water Lilly rally on Thursday night.
Lutfur’s camp are expecting some fall out from this decision. They know there is anger about the way this decision has been made, ie by Lutfur’s “kitchen cabinet” whose number includes of course Rabina’s husband, Cllr Aminur Khan.
They think it could even precipitate a number of THF councillors to break away from the “party” and speak out about how Lutfur has been conducting affairs. Some think Rabina is easier to control. So watch this space on that one.
Now that Oli Rahman has been overlooked, I suspect he may not feel the acting mayor role for six weeks is worth his job at the DWP. Read last night’s post for details on that.
This means he would have two options. He could quit as deputy mayor and thus acting mayor and thus leave it to someone else to nominate who should act as mayor until June 11. Clearly, Lutfur would like that person to be Rabina to boost her profile.
Or he could nominate a deputy before he resigns and that person could become acting mayor. He may appoint former deputy mayor Cllr Ohid Ahmed to that role.
I think Richard Mawrey QC’s aside that the governance of Tower Hamlets may need further examination will prove prescient.
More on Trial by Jeory site.
* Details of this (from 2007) here: George Galloway – Who Once Endorsed Richard Mawrey QC – Says Lutfur Conviction for Fraud and Illegal Practices “Shameful”.
Written by Andrew Coates
April 29, 2015 at 5:12 pm
Subscribe to comments with RSS.