Morning Star: you should be ashamed to defend Rahman!

April 29, 2015 at 8:53 pm (apologists and collaborators, communalism, corruption, islamism, Jim D, relativism, stalinism, truth)

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Credit to the Morning Star; they published my letter today:

The editorial of April 27 (An attack on democracy) defending Lutfar Rahman, was a disgrace. It was factually wrong on almost very point, and – worse – politically wrong.

Election Commissioner Mawrey’s report was not (as the editorial claims) based only on the PricewaterhouseCoopers report, but upon detailed evidence provided by the four petitioners, who risked bankruptcy had their case failed, and the evidence of a large number of witnesses. Did the author of the editorial even read the 200 page report, easily available online?

Many of those now denouncing Mawrey (eg George Galloway) were only too happy to praise him in March 2007, when he exposed Labour Party misuse of postal votes in both Tower Hamlets and Birmingham. Similarly, I do not recall anyone on the left denouncing the election court’s 2010 judgement removing Phil Woolas as MP for Oldham East and Saddleworth, and barring him from standing again.

As for “spiritual influence”: it is true that in the not-so-distant past the Catholic church used its influence in Liverpool and Glasgow to tell people how to vote: but the left had no hesitation in denouncing and fighting such religious interference in democracy. How is it that the Morning Star now seems to be defending such an outrage in Tower Hamlets?

Rahman has been found guilty by Judge Mowrey (whose impartiality was once hailed by Galloway) of corruption, vote-rigging, intimidation, using religious influence and making false allegations of racism and “Islamophobia” against all who dared oppose him. He and his cronies ran their own version of Tammany Hall in Tower Hamlets – and the Morning Star defends him!

As at least one commentator has noted, there is real racism at work in the reaction of some people to Mawrey’s judgement: the racism that believes the immigrant poor deserve no better. Shame on you!


  1. Steven Johnston said,

    Well said and lets give the Star credit they did publish this. Which, I think shows that they realise that a lot of their readers probably agree with you and so do some of their journalists.

    • dagmar said,

      Yes. My sentiments exactly.

  2. Lamia said,

    Well said, Jim.

  3. Steven Johnston said,

    Lookalikes in the current edition of Private Eye made me laugh!

  4. Glesga Keeping Scotland Free From Loonies said,

    It is time all on the left turned their backs on Islamic Fascism. Are some of them blind and deaf? Islam has been attacking all political views and moreso socialism for decades.

    • Steven Johnston said,

      Yes, on a personal level the saddest thing I saw recently in my union was the LGBT officer & the womens’ officer getting excited about the Black members officer arranging a visit to a mosque! I got invited to but told them they were mad to go given the restrictive dress code but I did give them some questions to ask about the rights of women & gays in Islam and why the penalty for being an apostate in Islam is death.
      They never came back to me with the answers.
      The former two officers belonged to the Labour Party & the SWP respectively. What a surprise?

      • Glesga Keeping Scotland Free From Loonies said,

        Exactly they should be fighting for workers and human rights. And they go and visit a mosque! Tossers.

  5. ZINR said,

    Being politically wrong is worse than being factually wrong? Hmm…

    Otherwise, agree entirely, the article is a disgrace (as is Rahman and as are his supporters, particularly the loathesome carpet-bagging fascist Galloway)…why are you surprised, though? Do you think the Morning Star is usually a source of great insight and political awareness?

    • Steven Johnston said,

      LOL…ZINR, I suppose we should be worried when we agree with the Morning Star, that is when you need to take a step back and examine your own prejudices.

    • Jim Denham said,

      “Do you think the Morning Star is usually a source of great insight and political awareness?”

      No: but it is quite widely read amongst union activists (and bureaucrats).

      • Steven Johnston said,

        I agree but most of us hold them (activists and bureaucrats) in contempt.

  6. Andrew Coates said,

    It was good that they published this.

    I agree with Steven and Dagmar’s comments.

    I bet – in fact I am absolutely certain – that Star journalists are well aware of the kind of games being played in Tower Hamlets.

    They go back a lot longer than Rahman’s time.

    • Glesga Keeping Scotland Free From Loonies said,

      Of course they know but they have to look forward and keep some sort of solidarity with the masses. Sometimes the masses do not know when they are being conned and support those that are conning them. It is an old story in working class history.

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