A lot of money and influence has been invested in a Election Court Coup against Lutfur Rahman, the recently reelected Mayor of the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, which has an interesting tradition of demonstrating that the established political order is not the End of History. It is necessary, but fiendishly difficult to improve under fire, but that is what post Labour political formations need to do.
The Tower Hamlets Green Party has been quite a disappointment on the issue so far, with a whitewashed statement legitimising the re-election and contradicting their own anti-elected mayor policy. On this, the central party, as I understand, didn't guide such a statement and feels it isn't their place to impose a view.
The party has been trying to make itself less white, established a Greens of Colour caucus with a BAME Manifesto, and a highly ironic Brick Lane Launch. Yet this is all academic in the shadow of the Tower Hamlets Coup, which is a twisted cross product of the colonialism and racism of the British Right and Left. The authorial powers of Private Eye, Gilligan, Jeory and Ware have all had an effect here, an issue I will discuss concretely later.
An Actual Way Forward.
- We can't remember but we ask our elders about how Labour refused to include and represent Bangladeshis until Nurul Hoque's victory in Spitalfields as an Independent in 1982.
- We remember booting out Oona King who voted for Tony Bliar's criminal war on Iraq, which was pivotal in the production of ISIS.
- We remember booting out Labour's councillor and academic Micheal Keith, puppet master of Labour's Bangladeshi puppets, and whose record of dealings with developers and contracters remains underscrutinised.
- We remember Helal Abbas and the Labour NEC's putred dismissal of Lutfur Rahman's Mayoral candidacy in 2010, how they played the terrorism allegation card.
- We read the patronising, Orientalist and 'clever' text of the Election Court (Deputy) Judge as he played his role in a game that involved the entire political and media establishments.
- We follow the deep connections between the Labour Party and the Bangladesh Awami League and are 'post' both.
- We reflect on our own human shortcomings and the dignity of others.
Why is a resource page necessary?
This is an attempt at a rolling resource page, with articles, videos and official documents. It is a murky and complex arena to try and get one's head around. There is a huge qualitative and quantitative inequality in knowledge produced by the subordinated sides of this very racist and prejudiced equation. Capital, Labour (R) and Liberal Hypocrisy are very eloquent and well represented.
There should be dozens of sharp bloggers throughout East London building audiences, debate and scrutinising the powerful, corrupt and autocratic. Maybe there are...
4th May 2015 | Talk and discussion with housing academic/activist Glyn Robbins, the TUSC candidate for Bethnal Green and Bow.
Shamaj Views radio show on Tower Hamlets: History, Local Politics and the Trial of Lutfur Rahman
Labour Mayoral candidate John Biggs appealing for consideration from the pulpit of Tower Hamlets mosque at Friday prayers (15th May) (relevant given double standards in spiritual influence debate)
Shibbir Choudhury, the secretary of 100 Roman Road Mosque using prayers to promote previously failed mayoral candidate John Biggs, the very same reason why Lutfur Rahman was 'criminalised'. Hypocritical system ?Oh another point.... The claims of ‘granting planning permission’ for the LMC (London Muslim Center) was under John Biggs leadership but there is NO mention about the many strong thousands of people who rallied from East London Mosque to the council demanding planning permission, you John Biggs had NO choice but to give in to the people, do not act all empathetic when you are not, LAIR!!
Posted by No to John Biggs for Mayor on Friday, 15 May 2015
Peter Oborne comment on the racist origins and applications of the spiritual injury law
Peter Obornes views on the Tower Hamlets and Luthfur Rahman case...
Posted by MEND - Muslim Engagement and Development on Wednesday, 13 May 2015
(From Defend Democracy in Tower Hamlets Event 30th April 2015)
Salma Yaqoob ( The Legend of Birmingham)
Ava Vidal (Comedienne and Writer)
Sean Raczka (Tower Hamlet's Resident)
Peter Herbert ( Society of Black Lawyers)
Alex Kenny ( Tower Hamlets National Union of Teachers)
Mayor Lutfur Rahman and Cllr Rabina Khan
Nana Assante (Former Mayor of Harrow)
Weyman Bennett (Unite Against Fascism)
John Allison (Resident of the Ocean's Estate)
11 May 2015 | Guardian, Rajeev Syal, Labour veteran suspended from party for supporting Lutfur Rahman
7 May 2015 | London Review of Books, Nadine El-Enany The Judiciary and Institutional Racism
6 May 2015 | Blog, Jen Izaakson Want to actually read the 101 Imams Letter?
4 May 2015 | 5Pillarz, Mevlana Marx Is Rabina Khan the best mayoral candidate to sort out Tower Hamlets?
4 May 2015 | East End News, Is this the man who can halt the Labour Shoo-in
2 May 2015 | 5Pillarz, Nishaat Ismail The battle for "democracy" continues in Tower Hamlets
30 April 2015 | RS21, Andrew Ward Twelve Reasons why the Lutfur Rahman judgement should worry you
4 May 2015 Mark Baines writes to Eric Pickles seeking the ban on the candidacy of Robina Khan in election rerun
The 200 page Election Court (mis)Judgement
PWC's 'best Value' assessment, 16th October 2014
Critique of PWC report