Ted, I would have thought you’ve got enough friends in the right wing press and at the newspaper that you work for to ‘spread the word, ring in the millionaires, print newspapers’ to be able to do the job for you.
Am not sure how you can argue that newspapers are only reporting on Lutfur issues when you actually highlight a non-Lutfur one in the Standard…
And surely you’re not accusing the ELA of taking an anti-Lutfur stance are you?
As for the disabled bay contravention, yes, it’s embarrassing and a silly and stupid mistake, but hardly the worst crime in the world is it? Did any blue badge holders complain?
I wasn’t referring to newspapers Ted, I was suggesting that you have a selective approach to reporting stories, particularly your obsessiveness with negative Lutfur linked stories, an example of which is the bingate affair, how Lutfur’s tenants do or don’t dispose of their rubbish. You may not consider it a serious crime, but many disabled people and disability advocacy rights groups would react with fury and rightly so. The depth of discrimination and abuse that disabled people face in our society is torrid and it is our attitude towards the misuse of disabled bay parking that is appalling http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/3485239.stm. We should roundly condem such behaviour.
Of course I have a selective approach to stories: I try to cover those that haven’t been done elsewhere and which involve abuse of power or major issues in Tower Hamlets.
I didn’t say that parking in disabled bays is not serious; what I would have sought to find out was how long that car was there for, what time of day it was, did anyone complain and why the chauffeur felt he could leave it there. I do think that parking regulations are sometimes far too draconian and inflexible: if that bay outside the Brady Centre had been needed by a blue badge holder, it wouldn’t have been difficult to find the owner of the chairman’s car would it?
Mizanur’s account does seem curious, I agree, but it may well be that he was trying to protect the chauffeur who, from the couple of occasions I’ve met him, seems to be a decent hard-working bloke. Are you saying a relatively low paid member of staff should be punished and risk having his job stripped from him for this offence, just to satisfy some political agenda? That wouldn’t be very brotherly, would it, Adrian?
I think you’re working yourself up into a tabloid type frenzy on this to be honest.