Dave Hill has an interesting interview on his Guardian blog with the Tory candidate for Tower Hamlets mayor, Neil King, and his agent, Cllr Peter Golds, the leader of the Conservative group at the town hall. It’s well worth a read, here.
Pay particular attention to the passages near the end in which Cllr Golds suggests he was the victim of dirty tricks at last May’s council elections. Peter, who is openly gay and Jewish, wrote to me about this last week after I exposed anti-Semitic sentiments among some in the Tower Hamlets political scene.
Here’s what he said in his email to me:
In May 2010 I polled 900 votes fewer than my fellow councillor. Tim Archer was above me on the ballot and was also parliamentary candidate, but 900 votes??
All day polling stations were mobbed by supporters of certain Labour candidates. Commonwealth election officials who were present at Polling District BCT 1, Poplar High High Street, were horrified at the intimidation and blatant electioneering by 30 plus supporters of Yes for Mayor and Labour. All of these were Bengali.
Bengali voters were stopped when entering the polling station and in no uncertain terms were reminded of the Jewish origin of my name and in many cases shown a copy of the electoral register where it could be seen that I share a home with another male.
I repeatedly complained to poll staff, the town hall and police. This behaviour continued from 7am until almost 10pm.
Peter named an individual but I am not naming him for legal reasons.