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    Dodgistan

    Blocked electors ,corrupt practice,Asian infighting,election commision failings?

    Doyen of the dodgy dossier ,crucified for exposiing Butcher Blair's lies used to massacre Iraqis Gilligan exposes the filth at the heart of a city a stones thrwo from the City.

    By Andrew Gilligan9:17PM BST 31 May 2014
    As dawn broke over the Troxy, the converted cinema where they count the votes in Tower Hamlets, Sanu Miah, one of Labour’s candidates in the east-London borough, looked forward to becoming a councillor.
    It had been a tense, chaotic wait. As the count dragged all through Friday May 23 and deep into the night, 2,000 supporters of the borough’s extremist-linked mayor, Lutfur Rahman, gathered outside, effectively barricading Mr Rahman’s Labour opponents in the building.
    The shadow justice secretary, Sadiq Khan, was told by police that he could not leave for his own safety.
    By the middle of the next morning, almost 36 hours after voting closed, Mr Miah’s count had finished. He was top in his ward with 2,270 votes, 149 more than his nearest Rahman-supporting rival. But then things started to go wrong.
    “The returning officer was about to announce the result,” said Mr Miah. “Then the mayor in person came down and said you must recount.”
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    The recount, with five other wards, took place the next day. “When we went to the new count centre, we saw Lutfur talking to his candidate, saying, don’t worry, you will definitely win.” According to many witnesses, last Sunday’s count was even worse than the day before.
    “There were far fewer controls over who got into the building. Lutfur Rahman supporters were everywhere, leaning over the count staff, shouting at them, intimidating them, jabbing fingers,” said Peter Golds, the leader of the Conservative opposition.
    Crowds of people celebrate the re-election of mayor Lutfur Rahman in the east-London borough of Tower Hamlets
    Rachael Saunders, deputy leader of the Labour group, said: “At one point senior council officers had to act as bouncers to protect the count staff, putting up a rope to hold the Rahman crowd back.”
    The mayor himself, according to a senior Labour figure present, was “visibly throwing his weight around” and being “overly familiar with count staff, some of whom were telling him they had voted for him even as they counted the votes”. Mr Golds, another subjected to a recount, found his vote had changed by more than a fifth overnight, from 1,098 to 1,345.
    And Sanu Miah? In the recount, his vote dropped by a quarter from 2,270 to 1,722 and he fell from first place to sixth. Two of the three seats in his ward went to Mr Rahman’s Tower Hamlets First party. “I think this election was stolen from me,” said Mr Miah.
    Not everyone agrees with that. One of Mr Miah’s opponents had the same surname: the counters could have got them mixed up. But he might be right. The normal rules do not apply in Tower Hamlets. It was Britain’s most troubling election in Britain’s most troubling borough.
    For more than four years, The Telegraph has been following the extraordinary career of Mr Rahman, a man thrown out of the Labour Party after this newspaper exposed his close links to a Muslim extremist group, the Islamic Forum of Europe.
    Yet Mr Rahman has gone on to win two mayoral elections as an independent, his latest, last week, even though his council is under a police investigation for corruption and a government investigation for misuse of funds. How did he manage it? Khales Uddin Ahmed, another Labour councillor, claims he knows part of the answer. “There are so many fake voters,” he says. “I keep finding houses where there are people registered for postal votes who do not live there.”
    In Bow, The Telegraph found two flats where postal votes were obtained, and cast, by people who did not live there and had never lived there, according to the real residents.
    Helal Rahman, a businessman and former Labour councillor in Spitalfields, says that “several hundred postal votes” in that one ward alone were cast on May 22 by people “who used to live here but have moved out to the suburbs. They rent their properties to eastern Europeans but keep their electoral registrations and convert their votes to postal,” he says. This is, of course, illegal.
    No evidence links any of this to Mr Rahman at this election, but there has been clear evidence of postal vote malpractice involving his close allies in the past. In April 2012, on a suspiciously high turnout, Gulam Robbani, Mr Rahman’s agent in the 2010 mayoral contest, narrowly won a council by-election.
    Only 14 per cent of people in Tower Hamlets then had postal votes, but 36 per cent of votes at the by-election were postal.
    Days before polling, the number registered for postal votes in one large council block doubled. Seventy-seven per cent of those votes were cast.
    Residents and their families told The Telegraph that Mr Robbani’s supporters blitzed the building, signing them up for postal votes, then returned a few days later to collect the blank ballot papers. Mr Robbani has repeatedly refused to deny it.
    If you wanted to vote in person on May 22, things were often a little more difficult. Large groups of Rahman supporters picketed polling stations, remonstrating with some voters who refused to take Rahman leaflets. The council has received 20 complaints of voter intimidation.
    Twenty-one of the borough’s 74 polling stations — disproportionately those in non-Rahman wards — were moved to new, unfamiliar and sometimes harder-to-reach locations.
    One, in the not very pro-Rahman territory of Canary Wharf, was placed on a traffic island in the middle of a four-lane road. Turnout there was 19 points behind the Rahman stronghold of Shadwell, where the polling stations were not moved.
    Mr Rahman’s winning margin, after second preferences, was 3,250 votes, or 4 per cent. “My gut feeling is that there were enough [fraudulent votes] to have affected the outcome,” says one senior figure in the Tower Hamlets Labour Party. “But I don’t know whether we will be able to evidence it.”
    In reality, though, the campaign was only the last phase. For several years, with the untrammelled power of a directly-elected mayor, Mr Rahman has been buying votes with public money. Almost uniquely, his council publishes a weekly newspaper, delivered to every house, each issue containing as many as a dozen pictures and articles praising the mayor. Thousands of pieces of direct mail have been sent to voters at public expense.
    Mr Rahman pays tens of thousands of pounds to Channel S, a London-based Bengali television station influential with his Bangladeshi base. It gives him fawning coverage. He pays £50,000 a year from council funds into the personal bank account of Channel S’s chief reporter.
    But it is the mayor’s politics of racial and faith favouritism which are doing most to poison the atmosphere. Tower Hamlets is a genuinely mixed borough, 45 per cent white and 32 per cent Bangladeshi, and no part of it is a ghetto.
    Yet of Mr Rahman’s 18 councillors elected last week, all are Bangladeshi (and 17 are men). He has never appointed a non-Bangladeshi to his council cabinet, though he says that is because none will join.
    For the cabinet post of finance, he chose Alibor Choudhury, a former employee of an IFE front organisation with a long track record of encounters with the police.
    Under the two men, there has been a clear diversion of council funding away from secular groups serving the whole community towards race and faith-based bodies serving largely the Muslim community, including millions of pounds to front groups for the extremist IFE. Political allies and vote-getters have been rewarded not just with money, but with valuable council property sold at below-market rates.
    Officially, Mr Rahman is an apostle of “One Tower Hamlets,” champion of East End tolerance. In practice, his supporters vilify all those who oppose him as racists. Council meetings have often been toxic, with Mr Rahman’s supporters in the gallery chanting homophobic abuse at his main opponents, who happen to be gay, as the mayor looks on.
    For years, the authorities have essentially looked on too. Ofcom regularly censures Channel S, but it appears to make no difference.
    The Electoral Commission refuses to act on suspect voting, despite its own report admitting it happened in 2012. The police broke their promise to stop crowds outside polling stations. The race card has worked its usual magic; many officials are afraid of being branded racist for criticising Mr Rahman.
    In his first interview since the election, Mr Rahman told LBC radio yesterday that the atmosphere on polling day was “fantastic” and the misconduct allegations were the claims of “sore losers”.

    His strategy and delivery adviser, Kazim Zaidi, said that if the result was not accepted, “civil war” would “spill out on to the streets”.
    In the next few weeks, after its investigation is complete, the Government must decide whether it continues to look on, as a borough at the heart of London, in other ways an improving place, declines into a political slum

    ttp://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/10867666/Stolen-election-in-the-heart-of-London.html such abuse of course grist to dictators everywhere
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    Haven't time to read the article ?
    in a nutshell:
    East London once the home to the working class Cockney...
    guess what happens in an election


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    Sounds like sour grapes. The labour party pioneered the fiddling of the postal vote system. They can hardly complain when an opponent uses their election methods.

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    30 things you need to know about the extremist-linked mayor of Tower Hamlets

    1) In 2008 Rahman (then a Labour councillor) won the leadership of Tower Hamlets council with the close help of an Islamic extremist group, the Islamic Forum of Europe, which which works to create a sharia state and an "Islamic social, economic and political order" in Britain. In secret filming, IFE activists described how they exercised “consolidated… influence and power” over the council.

    2) Rahman channelled millions of pounds in council grants to IFE front organisations and appointed a senior IFE figure as assistant chief executive of the council, though he was wholly unqualified for this senior post. Both the assistant chief executive and Rahman were subsequently removed from their jobs.

    3) An extremist preacher was invited to speak in the council chamber and extremist literature, including audio tapes by the al-Qaeda cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, was stocked in Tower Hamlets libraries.

    4) In 2010, after a campaign including large numbers of fake signatures led by the IFE, Tower Hamlets was changed from having a conventional council leader to a far more personally powerful, directly-elected mayor. In secret filming, senior IFE activists described how they would “get one of our brothers” into the new post.

    5) Rahman personally signed up entire families as sham members of the Labour Party to win selection as the Labour mayoral candidate. He was selected, but was then removed by Labour’s National Executive Committee, and subsequently expelled from the party.

    6) Rahman won election anyway as an independent, on a tiny turnout, after his (Muslim) Labour opponent was smeared as a wife-beater and enemy of Islam in thousands of newsletters produced with Rahman’s full knowledge. The new mayor was said by his campaign manager to have a "strategic relationship" with the IFE, with “most” of his campaigners being “either Respect or IFE activists.”

    7) Even though Tower Hamlets is only 34 per cent Muslim, Rahman appointed a 100 per cent Bangladeshi and Muslim cabinet. He has never appointed any non-Muslim to any cabinet post and has no non-Muslim councillors.

    8) Rahman has given control over the council’s finances to Alibor Choudhury, a former employee of an IFE front organisation with a long track record of encounters with the police. Rahman has himself taken personal control of all grants over £1000.

    9) Under Rahman and Choudhury, council grants have been diverted away from secular bodies serving the whole community to IFE fronts and to other groups serving largely the Muslim community. Several of these groups, the council’s scrutiny committee found, are new and without any track record. Several appear to be based in people's private homes. Several involve individuals with close personal connections to Rahman. (For a full account of Rahman’s Muslim grants favouritism, see here.)

    10) Rahman has transferred valuable council properties to close personal associates at far less than their true market value, including a 10,000 square foot office building a stone’s throw from Canary Wharf which was sold for £875,000 to the man in charge of his election campaign website.

    11) Key Rahman allies have been witnessed, and have not denied, engaging in a practice known as “vote-harvesting,” registering people for postal votes and then collecting their blank ballot papers.

    12) Some of the supposed voters do not appear to exist. “Ghost” voters registered to empty properties or huge numbers of voters registered to small flats have been regular features of Tower Hamlets elections.

    13) Rahman has presided over an atmosphere of menace and intimidation at council meetings. Phalanxes of Rahman supporters drafted in to the public galleries shout homophobic abuse at several key opponents of the mayor, who are gay. Rahman’s cabinet members, such as Alibor Choudhury, abuse their opponents as fascists.

    14) Rahman has used council officers to hound and bully opposition councillors, spending tens of thousands of pounds of public money to make spurious, but time-consuming, legal attacks on them.

    15) At council meetings, Rahman refuses to answer questions about any of these or most other issues, with officers saying that to do so would breach his human rights.

    16) Rahman also refuses to engage with most other questioning. He has made almost no public appearances in this election campaign at any event where he would be required to answer questions.

    17) Rahman largely ignores the non-Bengali media but pays tens of thousands of pounds of public money to UK-based Bengali-language TV stations - including £50,000 a year personally to one TV channel’s chief reporter. In return, they give him fawning coverage. The channels have been repeatedly censured by Ofcom, but it appears to make no difference.

    18) Rahman has channelled further millions of taxpayers’ money into an extensive cult of personality. He has a weekly newspaper delivered to all households at public expense, containing often as many as a dozen pictures or mentions of himself.

    19) Rahman has had hundreds of copies of his own picture displayed at public expense on billboards, lampposts, and even council dustcarts (to comply with election law, most have recently been removed.)

    20) Rahman has used public funds to send thousands of personal letters, again with his picture on them, to residents claiming credit for things which are not his doing, such as the Government-funded council housing refurbishment programme.

    21) Rahman has been hostile or indifferent to the borough's non-Muslim heritage, threatening to close the local history library (reversed only after a storm of protest), selling off pubs and threatening them with closure, and attempting to dispose of a Henry Moore artwork whose form offended Islamic sensibilities. At the same time, he has created a new programme to channel hundreds of thousands of pounds of public money to (mainly Muslim) faith buildings.

    22) Rahman’s cabinet member for education, Oliur Rahman, appeared on a public platform with a group campaigning for the “unacceptability of homosexuality.”

    23) Rahman’s cabinet member for the environment, Shahed Ali, avoided £25,000 in tax by liquidating his restaurant business, then immediately reopening the restaurant under a new name. He boasts that he used the proceeds to buy a Porsche.

    24) Rahman’s cabinet member for culture, Rania Khan, mocked gay people and published pictures of knives on her social networking site, saying: “I know it’s not ladylike, but I luv my weapons.”

    25) Rahman’s key funder, Shiraj Haque, a restaurateur, has a criminal caution for selling counterfeit wine. He was sacked from his chairmanship of a council-sponsored festival after suspicions that it was being used as a front for illegal immigration, but was reappointed by Rahman. Despite being a millionaire who owns at least seven properties, Haque has been given subsidised social housing by the council.

    26) Rahman has repeatedly given character references for convicted criminals, including a sex attacker.

    27) Rahman charges taxpayers up to £60,000 a year for a Mercedes car and chauffeur, which he has used, among other purposes, to collect his dry cleaning. No other elected mayor, including Boris Johnson, has a limousine. He claims he has now given it up, but this appears to be only for the election period.

    28) Rahman has also spent large sums of public money on taxis for himself, including one purported fare of £71 to travel a distance of 400 metres and another £28 fare from a local McDonald’s to his office.

    29) Rahman is accused by the Government of practising “divisive community politics” and the “mismanagement of council staff and resources.”

    30) Neither of the neighbouring boroughs, Hackney and Newham, will work with Rahman. The Labour mayor of Newham, Sir Robin Wales, describes Rahman as “very bad news” and as creating a form of apartheid in his area.

    Lutfur Rahman: 30 things you need to know about the extremist-linked mayor of Tower Hamlets – Telegraph Blogs


    The Brit establishment are spooked by this guy's skin colour, ethnicity, religion and his ability to capitalise on each.


    Lutfur Rahman's Muslim favouritism: the evidence

    Lutfur Rahman's Muslim favouritism: the evidence – Telegraph Blogs

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    From Militant to Muzzie tent doubt Millipede will do anything,the Tories don't care and LibDems too PC to condemn these abuses.
    Hardly surprising UKIP has garnered some support.
    Unless such ideas are contested a minority will bend the goodwill and tolerance of the original inhabitants of the islands.

    Not tomorrow,nor next year but Sharia east end is emerging.
    Walking to work in Whitechapel in 1960s a stranger was the Soct Irish or Jew ,I never ever remember seeing a muslim,no mosques no curry shops.

    An old docker used to count the Chiinses on the metropolitan line to New Cross convinced every Take Away was an outpost for Mao ( in fact mainly Cantonese from Hong Kong and later Vietnamese of Chinese ethnic )

    I feel it is fine for those who vote to be represented but there is something awry.To be honest I feel safer and more accepted here despite no vote land tenure. There have always been migrants but this Submission is different.

    People who will stone a preganant woman,abuse 4 wives or amputate in public are barbaric and hardly surprising they don't respect others.

    The white and wealthy don't have t live in these places so don't really care.

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    After WW2, That area, like a lot of London had bad slum housing and overcrowding, as a solution new towns like Milton Keynes And Peterborough were built or expanded.
    The London population fell to a more comfortable level.

    Now they use mass immigration to keep house price inflation high and we are back where we started
    eg
    London house prices rise at fastest rate on record adding £588 a day, official figures show - Telegraph
    London house prices in April rose at their fastest monthly rate since official records began in 1995, Land Registry data showed today.
    The monthly gain, of 4.2pc, would have added £17,645 or some £588 a day to the value of the average home in the capital, taking it to £435,034.
    The annual gain of 17pc was the highest since April 2003.
    The WW3 was the insane governments since 1997.
    from towerhamlets council site

    The 2011 Census showed that Tower Hamlets has had the fastest growing population of any local authority in the country over the last 10 years. At 254,100 usual residents, the population has increased by 29 per cent since 2001 (57,990 additional residents).
    Our population

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    This says it all
    approximately 43 percent of Tower Hamlets residents were born outside the UK, slightly above the average for Inner London (42 per cent). The 2011 census identified borough residents from over 200 different countries.
    55 per cent of our residents are from Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) backgrounds compared with the London average of 40 per cent. Within the borough’s BME population, the largest ethnic group is the Bangladeshi population, who account for one third of all residents.


    Can you imagine theThais allowing themselves to be outnumbered in their center of their capital .
    Howvere inconvenient for us the no land no vote tricky visas seem better managed than London.
    The situation is similar throughtout Europe from Dublin to Tampere ,Budapest to rural Portugal.
    I speak good Portuguese and walked into a local cafe in Entroncamento asking directions to a meet at a restaurant.

    The fisrt few old men looked askance no hostility just incomprehension ,after 5 minutes the serving girl expalined they were all Ukraninan asylum seekers and agricultural workers ,this was 10 yrs ago ,likley no jobs ther e now

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    Quote Originally Posted by david44 View Post
    From Militant to Muzzie tent doubt Millipede will do anything,the Tories don't care and LibDems too PC to condemn these abuses.
    Hardly surprising UKIP has garnered some support.
    Unless such ideas are contested a minority will bend the goodwill and tolerance of the original inhabitants of the islands.

    Not tomorrow,nor next year but Sharia east end is emerging.
    Walking to work in Whitechapel in 1960s a stranger was the Soct Irish or Jew ,I never ever remember seeing a muslim,no mosques no curry shops.

    An old docker used to count the Chiinses on the metropolitan line to New Cross convinced every Take Away was an outpost for Mao ( in fact mainly Cantonese from Hong Kong and later Vietnamese of Chinese ethnic )

    I feel it is fine for those who vote to be represented but there is something awry.To be honest I feel safer and more accepted here despite no vote land tenure. There have always been migrants but this Submission is different.

    People who will stone a preganant woman,abuse 4 wives or amputate in public are barbaric and hardly surprising they don't respect others.

    The white and wealthy don't have t live in these places so don't really care.
    The first 'Indian' restaurant in the UK was Pakistani, much like most such restaurants today. It was the Halal, which opened in Alie Street, E1, in the 60s. I lived locally then and visited often, 9p for a curry and rice, 3p for a paratha, a proper paratha, not the rubbish sold nowadays for £2.50 - £3.

    Last time I was there, about 10 years back, they had expanded next door and were doing well indeed catering to the city crowd.

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