Now here we are three months later and for some odd reason this story refuses to go away.
Here is the latest episode where Cllr. Alibor Choudhury admits that the canvassers worked for him and his team.
What. A. Surprise.
The emergency room at the London was swamped just after this news broke as jaws dropped all over Tower Hamlets causing many fractures. Painful.
Now anyone with a bit of common sense would have apologised for being so naughty and left it there. But not Cllr. Alibor. Oh no.
He goes off on one. And calls the entire Love Wapping Editorial Staff a ‘pervert’.
I have taken the liberty of quoting his words here.
Cllr. Alibor Choudhury:
“You decided to deploy a voyeuristic journalist who was perving, I believe, these are the words of these female volunteers… who were out there knocking on doors to find out if people needed any help.
Their words were that they felt ‘violated, intimidated’ by this person who they felt was a pervert.”
Here is the moment Cllr. Alibor Choudhury called me a pervert. [Video: will open in new window]
Cllr. Alibor is responding to Cllr. Rachael Saunders when he says ‘You decided to deploy a voyeuristic journalist who was perving’.
Never met her, never been deployed by her
Now that’s got me confused because I have never met Cllr. Rachael Saunders.
And certainly never been deployed by her.
I think if I had been deployed by someone I had never met I would remember it. Wouldn’t you?
The other odd thing about Cllr. Alibor’s rambling accusations are that the poor sweet innocent ladies felt ‘violated and intimidated’ by this person (the pervert that is. Moi.)
Because the two ladies were completely and absolutely oblivious that they were being filmed.
I know. I was there.
The only thing they were paying any attention to was a large quantity of paperwork.
Obviously being a wee thing I could easily be overlooked or mistaken for an inquisitive Wapping squirrel.
But I ain’t a wee thing. I am of generous dimensions.
Green Bank Tap Dance
I could have done my famous Green Bank tap dancing routine and I don’t think I would have been noticed.
So ‘violated and intimidated’? I don’t think so Alibor.
Make a formal complaint to the Police why don’t you?
But if they honestly did feel that way I would urge them to go to the Police and make a formal complaint.
Slight catch being that if they do that they would have to identify themselves. And state exactly what they were doing that day. And who they were working for. And if they were being paid or not.
All details which they would be prepared to provide to the Police. Wouldn’t they?
Let’s see if that happens.
On the bright side it was a good job for the two ladies that they zoomed off on their next round of canvassing as my next action was going to be less subtle.
Knocking on the window of their car, identifying myself and asking to see their identification cards.
Now that would have caused a kerfuffle!
But much more important than allegations of perversions in the Love Wapping Editorial Office is the admission by Cllr. Alibor Choudhury that the mystery of the Greenbankgate canvassers is no mystery at all.
‘They are volunteers we use’
Because the canvassers work for him.
For those of you who can’t be bothered to watch the video of the Council meeting where Alibor ‘fessed up at 02:28:28 in the above link he says
“They are volunteers we use. They have every right to go out and knock on doors.”
Phew! Glad we got that cleared up.
Or have we?
They do indeed have every right go out and knock on doors.
What they do not have the right to do is lie and say they are from Tower Hamlets Homes.
Now that is really naughty.