What a terrible extremist that new directly elected mayor of Tower Hamlets, Lutfur Rahman, is. Since his Labour party candidacy for the post was overturned by the party’s NEC on unsubstantiated charges brought forward by Helal Abbas – who subsequently got the Labour nomination for his efforts – all we’ve heard from senior Labour sources is what a dangerous chap Rahman is. He’s in cahoots with Islamist supremacists, apparently, and Andrew Gilligan, everyone’s favourite delusional idiot, loves calling him a ‘fundamentalist sympathiser’.
I wonder then how many bona fide fundamentalists were hoping for David Miliband to win the Labour leadership last month? Because that’s what Rahman did enthusiastically hope for. Emdad Rahman’s blog (no relation) has this article from August, revealing that Lutfur and David were involved in a vigorous session of mutual back-scratching.
Councillor Lutfur Rahman joined a small select number of Labour activists to meet David Miliband in London. The Shadow Foreign Secretary discussed grassroots engagement with the ex Tower Hamlets Council leader.
“David Miliband is keen to stay in touch with the grassroots, and we have had a very frank and insightful discussion,” said Rahman.
Councillor Rahman, a Miliband’s supporter, also discussed his Mayoral prospects with the Labour leadership frontrunner.
Mr Miliband wished him luck for October’s Tower Hamlets Mayoral elections.
How very extremist of Mayor Rahman! I am awaiting the sad predictability of Andrew Gilligan and Ted Jeory announcing how this reveals the appeasement mentality at the top of the Blairites.
The truth of course, is that Lutfur Rahman is simply a social democrat – though with rather an odd line in Labour leader preferences, in the Friendly Lefty’s view – and a longtime Labour supporter through and through. Labour must jettison all the hysterical nonsense that characterised their failed effort to impose a candidate with no community support in the Borough, and give serious thought to how to re-engage constructively with the new Mayor.