The Tower Hamlets Green Party has been quite a disappointment on the issue so far, with a cowardly whitewashed statement legitimising the reelection and contradicting their own anti elected mayor policy. The central party, to its discredit, appears to be playing conservative voter calculus or respectability politics with this. Would you still vote for them?
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. However, thats 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.
- 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...
Shamaj Views radio show on Tower Hamlets: History, Local Politics and the Trial of Lutfur Rahman
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)
30 April 2015 | RS21, Andrew Ward Twelve Reasons why the Lutfur Rahman judgement should worry you