A faintly scary note already from the new mayor of Tower Hamlets, the fundamentalist ally Lutfur Rahman. He’s sent all Labour councillors a letter, passed to me, warning that to “oppose the Mayor” is to “stifle the will of the people.”
The letter says: “On the 21st October the people of Tower Hamlets spoke with one voice… Do not oppose the will of the people.”
The claim that the people “spoke with one voice” is an interesting view of an election which saw 23,283 of Tower Hamlets’ people – or around 14 per cent – support Lutfur. Perhaps “I am the will of the people who were roused to vote by my big business backers” might be a bit more accurate.
Almost exactly the same number of electors (21,702) voted for candidates other than the embodiment of the People’s Will – and the vast majority expressed no preference in the election at all. Does that now make all of them enemies of the people?
By all accounts, Lutfur hasn’t even signed the articles of office yet. It’s ominously early to start coming over all Daniel arap Moi.