Nick Cohen nails the Tower Hamlets issue

Like many of you our editorial team – every one of them – have been monitoring the tidal wave of media coverage of the downfall of Lutfur Rahman and Alibor Choudhury on Thursday.

Most of it has been pretty poor. No surprises there.

It is with great relief therefor that LW can wholeheartedly urge you to read  ‘Tower Hamlets: how a dictatorship flourished in the East End’ by Nick Cohen.

Subtitled ‘The neurotic fear of accusations of race and religious bias in Britain helped Lutfur Rahman control the London borough’ it makes a refreshing change to read this quality of journalism in the Guardian.

Here’s an excerpt mentioning local meejah personality Ted ‘Oh no my phone battery is dying at a critical point in the debate / meeting / judgement’ Jeory:

Do not forget either that Rahman at all times enjoyed the mulish support of Ken Livingstone and elements of what now passes for the British left. The BBC, theDaily Telegraph, Private Eye and Ted Jeory, a fantastic Tower Hamlets reporter, who exposed on his blog the corruption stories that local papers wouldn’t print, fought back. But with honourable exceptions, London’s leftwing press ignored the stink in its own backyard and dismissed the accusations against Rahman as evidence of a “deep substrate of” – you guessed it – “racism”.

Refreshing to read this level of balanced and perceptive analysis.

Thanks Nick.

A very good background read to Tower Hamlets politics and the left in general is Mr. Cohen’s book ‘What’s Left?: How the Left Lost its Way’ which you can buy on Amazon here or even better go to a bookshop and buy a copy.

For more information

Nick Cohen: Journalism from London



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