Asik Rahman, Tower Hamlets Labour Party by-election candidate for Shadwell ward, has apologised for
getting caught liking hate preachers on social media.
To ensure the widest audience for his apology he made it on Facebook, natch, so all his friends and absolutely nobody else would be aware of it.
Here’s what he said.
“I am wholeheartedly sorry for liking these individuals’ pages. I was unaware of the extreme and nasty nature of their views. Since having them brought to my attention I have immediately unliked their pages. This was a genuine mistake and these people do not represent my views at all.”
Tugs at the old heart strings dunnit? Thing is, we have a funny feeling he did not even write those words. Grammar fiends will easily be able to work out why. For the rest of us here is an explanation.
Full depravity of Facebook likes exposed!
Other individuals and organisations that Asik Rahman has accidentally liked on Facebook include:
- Shadwell Branch Labour Party
- Shiplo Khan
- Shish Turkish Fusion
- Kibria Islam
- Love Wapping
- Trees for Cities
- Tower Hamlets Homes
- Bricklane Online
- John McDonnell
- Gram Bangla
- Emily Thornberry
- Tower Hamlets Police
- Shaykh Hasan Ali
- Smart Print
- Chelsea Football Club
Undoubtedly none of them represents the views, interests or beliefs of Asik Rahman any more than hate preachers Dr. Zakir Naik or Mufti Ismail Menk do. Or did.
It may be only a matter of time before Asik’s interest in Shish Turkish Fusion, Smart Print or Trees for Cities is exposed and he ‘unlikes’ those too. As for liking Love Wapping – we say no more. Does this man know no shame?
Asik Rahman is following in the best traditions of Tower Hamlets politicians who get caught out by carrying on campaigning so he can become an elected representative of Shadwell residents and an ambassador for our borough.
Seems the Labour Party aren’t too hot on who they pick to be their candidates in local elections. (More on this in future news.)
As a result it seems likely that it does not inform their chosen ones of the seven principles of public life in the UK (or ‘Nolan principles’). Or maybe it does but they ignore them?
For future reference here they are.
Our favourite is Accountability: ‘Holders of public office are accountable to the public for their decisions and actions and must submit themselves to the scrutiny necessary to ensure this.’