Tower Hamlets

Ask the Right Questions or Stick to Toast

Sean Okundaye | Posted 16.12.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Sean Okundaye

Now I would like to start off by admitting that I am not a huge fan of cereal. It was around the age of 11 when I realised that I don't like how it gets soggy within minutes, nor the fact that unless the milk is just above the threshold of freezing, I find it unpalatable.

Local Councils Must Stand Together to Resist the Cuts

Lutfur Rahman | Posted 27.11.2014 | UK Politics
Lutfur Rahman

The political elite might be able to ignore or shut down a few exasperated councillors. But they could not ignore a surge of localism and defiance from councils up and down the country who have had enough of watching this government place us and our residents in straitjackets.

Muscular Liberalism and the Witch-Hunt of Muslim Schools

Dilly Hussain | Posted 24.11.2014 | UK Politics
Dilly Hussain

With such harsh intolerance towards Islam under the façade of preventing extremism, this will no doubt have a knock-on effect on community cohesion and how Muslims are perceived by the wider non-Muslim public.

Tower Hamlets and the Dangers of Communal Politics

Rumy Hasan | Posted 17.11.2014 | UK Politics
Rumy Hasan

This is a lesson that Mr Pickles and his government, as well as the opposition, needs to grasp with alacrity and start to work together to undo the harm that has already been done. Otherwise, we can expect communal, pork barrel politics to increasingly become the norm and so more of the likes of Luftur Rahman running councils and unwelcome Trojan Horses appearing in schools and elsewhere.

Why We All Need Free Education

Lutfur Rahman | Posted 31.10.2014 | UK Politics
Lutfur Rahman

I believe that people like me have a duty to preserve the opportunities we had for future generations. So I'll be supporting the students' 19th November demonstration, and hope that people from our community come out to voice their desire for a fairer education and a better future.

The Housing Crisis Is a National Disgrace, But Together We Can Fix It

Lutfur Rahman | Posted 10.11.2014 | UK Politics
Lutfur Rahman

We are hearing a lot about development at the moment. The Mayor of London has released an audacious paper about what London should look like. From the Olympics to the airports debate everyone is excited about the modernising face of London. And yet too often ordinary people are promised affordable homes, then shut out of the development process whilst space is eaten up by unaccountable giants.

Douglas Carswell Is Right to Criticise Machine Politics, But Wrong on the Alternative

Lutfur Rahman | Posted 01.11.2014 | UK Politics
Lutfur Rahman

Douglas Carswell's constituency contains Jaywick, last year named as the country's most deprived area. He styles himself a localist, and so could learn some lessons from us about what a locally-focussed alternative to machine politics really looks like.

The Row Over the New Era Estate Shows the Alliance of Old and New Money

Cat Mcshane | Posted 07.09.2014 | UK Politics
Cat Mcshane

Being a "good landlord" is not one that seeks to make excessive profit out of their tenants, nor play with their security. But in this overheated property market, all the power lies with the person who owns the property, and why wouldn't they want to make the biggest return they can?

This Council STILL Hasn't Finished Counting The Votes From Thursday

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 26.05.2014 | UK

An East End London borough has still not completed its council election count more than three days after polls closed. Electoral chiefs at Tower Ha...

Tower Hamlets Deserves Better

John Biggs AM | Posted 26.01.2014 | UK Politics
John Biggs AM

Rahman tries to claim that only he and those who support him have stood up to the EDL and other racist groups so that he can attack anybody who challenges his policies as implicitly racist. The puerile nature of this argument would be laughable were it not so dangerous - it isn't just the right-wing that can stir up community division.

Tory Press Plays Islamophobic 'Dog Whistle'

Lutfur Rahman | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Lutfur Rahman

Recently the Cross Government Group on Anti Muslim Hatred reported a growing and disturbing trend of hostility towards British Muslims. One statistic stood out in particular - namely that a quarter of young people apparently "do not trust Muslims". I was not surprised in the slightest by the group's further findings.

EDL Leader Charged Over London March

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Chris York | Posted 08.09.2013 | UK

The leader of the English Defence League has been charged over a march by his group in London on Saturday. Tommy Robinson was arrested as the far-r...

Two Arrested As EDL And Muslim Community Hold Demonstrations In Tower Hamlets

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 07.09.2013 | UK

UPDATE: English Defence League leader Tommy Robinson was arrested in London on the controversial march that was prevented from going through the centr...

'We Are Coming Down The Road #EDL'

The Huffington Post UK | Charlotte Meredith | Posted 06.11.2013 | UK

UPDATE: Two men have been arrested after the EDL and members of the Muslim community held demonstrations in the London borough of Tower Hamlets. ...

Judge Rules On EDL Petition To March Through 'Sharia' Suburb

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 07.09.2013 | UK

UPDATE: Two men have been arrested after the EDL and members of the Muslim community held demonstrations in the London borough of Tower Hamlets. ...

During Times of Austerity Art is Just Middle-Class Decadence

Assed Baig | Posted 20.02.2013 | Home
Assed Baig

Old Flo is being used as a political football; those that talk about art at a time of austerity are the ones that do not have issues with finances. For many in Tower Hamlets life has been getting tougher, when the credit crunch hit, some of them had no credit to crunch, whilst the lovey-dovey, pretentious wine sipping art lovers enjoyed well paid jobs.

Who Owns Old Flo? Council Sale Takes New Twist

PA | Posted 18.02.2013 | Home

A council's plan to sell a Henry Moore sculpture has hit a snag as another local authority has said it owns it. Lutfur Rahman, mayor of Tower Hamle...

Street Food, Street Food Everywhere and Not a Pitch in Sight: Boris, We Need You!

Xochi Balfour | Posted 09.01.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Xochi Balfour

It is no secret that street food in London is thriving. Every month new traders hit the scene with mind boggling new concepts and taste combinations crazy enough to make Heston think twice... But our own experience thus far has been fraught by intransigent councils and endless negotiating with the powers that be.

Why We Had to Sell Henry Moore's 'Old Flo'

Lutfur Rahman | Posted 09.01.2013 | Home
Lutfur Rahman

There has been huge domestic and international interest in our decision to sell a much loved Henry Moore sculpture, 'Old Flo', that our borough bought many years ago - it wasn't donated to us as press reports have erroneously claimed. We are not the first authority to explore raising much needed revenue at a time of austerity from selling works of art... If only there was as much national media interest in the fact that we are being forced to make £100million cuts by 2015, as there has been over the proposed sale of this sculpture to mitigate the effect of some of those cuts

EDL Banned From Marching In London

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.10.2012 | UK

A series of marches by a right-wing group has been banned amid fears of violence on the streets. Policing minister Damian Green agreed to the Metro...

Time to Stand up to Tory Austerity

Lutfur Rahman | Posted 19.12.2012 | UK Politics
Lutfur Rahman

This demonstration has been a long time coming. It comes at a time when for the first time we can really see the true extent of this government's plan to cut the public sector and shrink the state to proportions that would even shock America.

What Price on London's Heritage?

Nicky Gavron | Posted 15.12.2012 | UK Politics
Nicky Gavron

The redevelopment of London's historic Spitalfields Fruit and Wool Exchange is a loss to London socially and culturally, but also to its economy.

Let's Also Hope That the Labour Party Can Begin to Find its Voice Again

Lutfur Rahman | Posted 08.12.2012 | UK Politics
Lutfur Rahman

When David Cameron and George Osborne first coined the phrase "We are all in it together", I started counting the spoons. The idea that these multi-millionaire ex-Etonians, both of who have no experience of life at the sharp end should speak in such a glib manner was shocking enough.

The Tories Must Not Dither Over Immigration

David Cowan | Posted 10.11.2012 | UK Politics
David Cowan

The immigration debate is often reduced to a mundane battle of statistics. Though just focusing on the economic aspect of immigration does not do nearly enough justice to the scale of the problem.

Tower Hamlet's Olympic Legacy

Lutfur Rahman | Posted 15.10.2012 | UK Politics
Lutfur Rahman

We welcomed the Olympics in Tower Hamlets, despite our concerns about its over commercialisation.