Unfortunately in the borough of Tower Hamlets there is a form of racism, religious hatred, colonialism and far right sympathy. Only now it has started to condense making it visible and are able to feel it running down your skin. There have been attempts to keep it secret by the perpetrators and has been orchestrated using an institutional method rather than open top skinhead one. The poison comes from places you’d least expect it at times. Politics. However, some may say that it’s the norm in areas of politics. Parties such as the British National Party and the British Freedom Party are allowed a platform using the name of democracy to make it the norm. To our disappointment, Tower Hamlets gets nastier. The Tower Hamlets Labour Party are disguised right politicians, playing divisive politics, playing communities against each other, use well trained ethnic puppets and are a coalition with the Conservatives.
It has become apparent that Tower Hamlets right-wingers (that goes for Labour too) don’t appreciate educated people from ethnic minorities with support, influence and Power. For example, in 2010 when they deselected their own Bangladeshi mayoral candidate Lutfur Rahman, who was then a councillor, former council leader and lawyer by profession. During Lutfur’s time as council leader he faced accusations of extreme Islamic links and attempting to create a borough with sharia law. Tower Hamlets Labour Party had instigated this through a witch hunt via the Channel 4 Dispatches programme Britain’s Islamic Republic. This demonstrated right-wing Labour’s insecurity and frustration of the idea of an educated Muslim lawyer in a position of power.
Months later through a referendum, the people of Tower Hamlets chose to have a directly elected mayor. Lutfur was chosen as the Labour candidate for mayor when members voted him. Regrettably, this was seen as a threat by colonial right-wing Labour members and as a result Lutfur was deselected as the Labour mayoral candidate for Tower Hamlets. He was then replaced with councillor Helal Abbas, a puppet for colonial Labour and a tool against Lutfur. Take it as a colonial attempt to split the Muslim/Bangladeshi vote regardless of competency. From a bird’s eye view that seems to be religious hatred and an open form of divisive politics.
Lutfur went on to stand as an Independent candidate and won by an overwhelming majority. He gained support of the community, politicians, the Respect Party and councillors who in protest abandoned colonial Labour. Ever since Lutfur became mayor, Tower Hamlets Labour politics has been based on how to dent the mayor and his team. That certainly isn’t the basis for good community work or how a mainstream party should be run.
Mayor Lutfur Rahman with some of his very capable councillors is now known as Tower Hamlets First. They have achieved great things over the last three years.
Things that were of interest to me are here as follows:
• Built 3,250 new homes
• Keeping the promised time scale
• Achieved a £50m bonus from the government for building the most new homes compared to any other local authority
• Over 3,000 overcrowded families re-housed. Plus a pot for £168m for a Decent Homes programme to renovate every single council home
Education and Youth:
• A £400 a year grants from the mayor’s budget to replace EMA to help college students stay in education, which was scrapped by the government.
• A £1,500 bursary helping undergraduates with university costs.
• Free school meals for all year 1 and reception pupils.
• £10m a year for our youth service.
• New youth centres, children centres and renovation of schools.
• An additional 1,575 school places.
• A £4.5m Idea store at Watney Market.
And if you’d like to know more, you can see it here:
In a shameful attempt, Tower Hamlets colonial Labour Party is at it once again. Using similar methods like deselecting Bangladeshi threats and pulling out their election campaign weapon, a national TV documentary; this time as John Ware’s BBC programme Panorama. Labour has chosen John Biggs as their candidate for mayor. Biggs is a former Tower Hamlets council leader and a Greater London Assembly member. Biggs is part of the machinery which has orchestrated the removal of certain individuals being able to run for the Labour party in elections. Notably councillor Anwar Khan representing the Bow West ward. Khan was once known as the protégé of Councillor Joshua Peck former Tower Hamlets Labour leader. Khan has been known to opponents as a puppet, a harsh critic of the mayor and a tool used by his superiors for divisive politics. Khan is an educated young British Bangladeshi who was seen as a threat to colonial Tower Hamlets Labour. He was replaced in Bow West with his sister in law as a prospective councillor for the ward. Khan had now fallen victim to the colonial divisive politics that according to his critics was once used for as a tool. Coming to the realisation and mistakes of his pasts, he now echoes some of the mayor’s thoughts and will stand as an Independent candidate rather than Tower Hamlets First to save some face.
The Labour party in another desperate election campaigning move called for backup. This time in John Ware’s BBC programme Panorama. Colonial Labour once again pulled out old tricks of racism and religious hatred towards Muslims. They used an old story which reminds me of the boy who cried wolf. The story was of an Imam from Saudi Arabia being welcomed by the mayor during his time as council leader. This story was used in a dossier by councillor Helal Uddin Abbas to the Labour NEC, the same story which destroyed him during his attempt to become Labour’s puppet mayor for Tower Hamlets. They have claimed that the mayor has been funding Bangladeshi/Muslim organisations and neglecting others. Nevertheless, in the same programme they contradicted themselves. As told to us by the Mayor in the Panorama documentary the faith grant was inspired by a visit to the synagogue and showing the mayor working closely with non-Muslim communities. There are many ethnic Bangladeshis living all over Tower Hamlets, some in the most deprived parts of the borough where money is being spent for everyone’s wellbeing. This act of community care isn’t favouritism because it is inclusive of every community, but the accusation of Bangladeshi/Muslim only organisations’ receiving funding is indeed racism. This is being portrayed by colonial Labour as something illegitimate to play communities of different backgrounds against each other. It’s typical for the colonial fools of Labour in a desperate attempt to win an election, to start community tensions and to contradict by sounding unsure in their own documentary.
My analysis is that if colonial Labour in Tower Hamlets had stuck to traditional Labour values, put the community and their needs first then there would never have been a need for Tower Hamlets First. Perhaps Labour should contemplate on why they lost to Respect in 2005 and have lost mayoralty to Lutfur Rahman in 2010. Colonial Labour seems to be here to stay and as long as they are, there will always be real Labour values aired by those who put Tower Hamlets First!
Counter Panorama documentary: http://vimeo.com/90422433