Last night Lutfur Rahman won the Tower Hamlets mayoral election and there was nothing the Labour NEC or Andrew Gilligan could do about it. It seems as though all of his ‘warnings’ fell on deaf ears. Today, Kennite tells us that “Tower Hamlets has become and Islamic republic” (these are allegedly the words of the local Labour party).
For the last eight months – without complaint or challenge from Mr Rahman – this blog and newspaper have laid out his close links with agroup of powerful local businessmen and with a Muslim supremacist body, the Islamic Forum of Europe (IFE) - which believes, in its own words, in transforming the “very infrastructure of society, its institutions, its culture, its political order and its creed… from ignorance to Islam.” Mr Rahman has refused to deny these claims.
Maybe it’s because Rahman knows there isn’t much point in challenging your baseless allegations because you’ll only twist his words. It’s what you do best. Once again, he makes an incredibly lazy connection with the long dead Militant Tendency,
Lutfur may well be the Derek Hatton of the 2010s, but unlike Hatton he is no longer Labour’s responsibility. Any thought of making up with Lutfur needs to be resisted – there’s only pain, not gain, there.
Naturally, the usual collection of fascist nutters have descended on his blog to make comments. Here’s one from someone who calls him/herself ‘Lazarus’,
Atheist socialist are always eager to defend Islam, it is a kind of middle class racism, defending the other, the exotic. They will rally against a loving Christianity but defend a hateful ideology such as Islam.
Christian martyrs die praying for they murderers, Islamic martyrs die blowing up
I’m not sure what point ‘Lazarus’ is trying to make but whatever it is, he sounds like an archetypal bonehead.
Dave Hill tells us that,
Labour’s defeat will be followed by a grim inquest into their handling of the entire affair. There seems no doubt that Rahman drew strength from being seen as a victim of the Labour establishment and some relentlessly negative media coverage which his opponents in the party both feared and fuelled.
Yep, this was a Labour cock up from the very beginning; they got into bed with Kennite to produce smear after smear all for the sake of what? This whole affair is reminiscent of the way Nu Labour refused to allow Ken Livingstone to stand as a candidate for London mayor. Tony Blair told us “Ken would be bad for London”. Ken stood as an independent and comprehensively beat Blair’s picked man, Frank Dobson. On the basis of this election, it appears that Labour has learned no lessons from history. Nor has Kennite, come to that.