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What can we learn from the Lutfur Rahman trial?

Tower Hamlets should serve as a warning about the dangers of putting one community above all others

By John Ware  

Rahman, pictured in 2012. © David Parry/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Lutfur Rahman, the disgraced Mayor of the east London borough of Tower Hamlets, often spoke about his “passion” for the “community.”

Tower Hamlets is a very diverse community. Its quarter of a million residents speak some 90 languages. Besides white Irish and white British, Chinese, Africans, Somalis, Poles, Russians, Lithuanians, Spanish, Portuguese, Italians and Bengalis—the list goes on—make up this “community.” The truth is, Tower Hamlets is not a community. It…

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