Rotherham Politics over the last four and a half years, has covered many of the issues that are indicative of the broken politics that afflicts Rotherham!
The Rotherham labour party believes that they ‘own’ the Town and are fundamentally undemocratic and profoundly intolerant, of any challenge to their hegemony.
The by-election for the Rotherham constituency has brought many of these problems into sharp focus. From the moment that It became apparent, that the outrageously greedy and dishonest MacShane was finished, the fun and games started.
Mahroof Hussain MBE was on the short list for the Middlesbrough constituency selection at the time and made the basic error of withdrawing at the last minute, leaving labour ‘high and dry’, saying he wanted to concentrate on the Rotherham constituency.
Rotherham constituency labour party selections, have had a long history of disappointment for ‘favourite sons’ and this selection followed that usual pattern, much to the chagrin of Mahroof Hussain and his supporters when he was omitted from the short list.
The most disgraceful scenes, ever seen at any meeting of the labour party in Rotherham, unfolded on the night of labour’s selection meeting which took place on a chilly Tuesday night at New York Stadium.
114 labour members of the Rotherham constituency assembled to select labour’s candidate for the forthcoming by-election. What can only be described as a display of, out and out ‘thuggery’ ensued!
Led by the ‘thug in Chief’ Jahangir Akhtar, who is currently labour Deputy Leader of RMBC, the most disgraceful scenes ensued, helpfully shared with the world, via Youtube and some camera phone footage!
When it became apparent that they, would not after all, get their way and clearly frustrated at not being able to get Mahroof Hussain inserted onto the short list, a walk out of 85 (75%) of those present, led by Akhtar and others who should have known better, occurred.
The remaining 29 then proceeded to select Sarah Champion as labour’s ‘clean break’ candidate.
Rotherham labour and Akhtar in particular looked exceedingly foolish, as Len Tingle of the BBC, complete with a camera crew, were waiting outside to record events as they unfolded. Intemperate comments, from some of those who had led the walk out, even made it into print, talking about a local boycott of the campaign!
When Rotherham Politics started to cover the by-election and it’s twists and turns, Rothpol had an interesting phone call indeed, from Jahangir himself, in a state of agitation. During the final stages of which he told me he would sue Rothpol, if I had the temerity to make any negative references to himself! I formed a distinctly different impression of Akhtar to the one I had seen previously and I would characterise the phone call as aggressive, intimidating and threatening to the person of myself.
Phone calls from Akhtar have been a regular feature of the past, usually when he wanted to vituperate about one fellow councillor or another. He normally reserved the most venom for Roger Stone and Mahroof Hussain! Akhtar has also been an active and keen commenter on this blog but using pseudonyms to conceal his identity from readers, these comments were often extremely damaging, to the party.
It came as no surprise then, that an attempt to wrong foot Rotherham Politics, happened soon afterwards, with an email which was posted as a comment, closely followed by another on the same subject. Like all playground bullies, Akhtar, likes to get others to do their dirty work and Akhtar has suggested that the Taxi Drivers, will sue Rotherham Politics, via twitter! After whipping them into a frenzy of indignation over comments, he had arranged by means of deception, to get published and the welter of comments that followed. Readers should know, all evidence on this has been supplied to the legal team of a potential litigant.
Shame on you Jahangir Akhtar, for your naked attempt to destabilise this blog. Shame on you also for your attempt to hoodwink others to do your bidding, deliberately manipulating the feelings of others to get them to do what he wants them to do.
Taxi drivers you need look no further than Akhtar and his cronies for the source of your hurt, it is him you need to hold to account! Not Rotherham Politics.
Rotherham Politics and readers, stand by to provide to the labour party evidence that we have on wrongdoing by labour in Rotherham, to any enquiry they should have. Rothpol is very grateful to those of you who have contacted us recently providing more information. Always grateful for more, all can be assured that their identities will remain confidential.
Jahangir Akhtar, epitomises what is rotten in Rotherham’s political heart! The cancer must be excised and quickly, if the ‘clean break’, is to have any meaning at all for Rotherham’s citizens. How many ways, can one person bring the labour party into disrepute, before they deal with them?