how to get half a story

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The former deputy leader of Rotherham Council resigned in August last year following a report in the Times newspaper that said he knew about a relationship between a 14-year-old girl and one of his relatives. He later resumed his post … Continue reading

News of new Wiki style page – the peoples opportunity!

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Rotherham Politics has been asked for a page dedicated to reader supplied information on Jahangir Akhtar. Just such an opportunity now exists, with the creation of a new page, Jahangir Akhtar the unauthorised version. It’s early days yet, but Rothpol … Continue reading

Where did he get that idea from? Three

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Another piece of the evidence Jigsaw? Strange case of the disappearing leaflet?

Rotherham Politics Resumes

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Many apologies to our readers for the recent series of periods of inactivity. Some were due to computer problems, hopefully now fixed, and some were due to illness/disability on Rothpols part, unfortunately not fixed so easily. During the course of … Continue reading

Important Questions Raised – Yesterday’s Twitter Exchanges

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“I am confused by Asbo’s statement on his Twitter account that he is Tweeting in a private capacity and if you don’t like what he says, then don’t follow. My confusion is that he seems to be acting in his … Continue reading

Yesterday’s Twitter Exchanges

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Rotherham Politics On Sunday 600 now 702 readers, can’t be wrong! First Edition  No: 01 Sunday 16th June 2013 Thought a twitter from Jahangir Akhtar yesterday, should be shared with a wider audience. Readers will be familiar with Akhtar’s style … Continue reading

Rotherham Advertiser – Rotherham Council failed to recognise abuse on its own doorstep – MPs’ report

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Rotherham Council failed to recognise abuse on its own doorstep – MPs’ report ROTHERHAM Borough Council was inexcusably slow to realise widespread and organised sexual abuse of children was taking place on its doorstep, MPs have said. The Home Affairs … Continue reading

Call Someone An Asshole – That’s OK

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No action is being taken against Cllr Akhtar, despite the fact that he feels it appropriate to call someone an ‘asshole’ over Twitter. This response to a complaint is illustrative, many thanks to Rothpol’s source, who wishes to remain unidentified:

John Wilkinson Rotherham UKIP Defends Candidate

John Wilkinson, Rotherham UKIP, statement in full:

“Let’s be clear: the ‘Guardian’ and others have got it wrong.
Caven Vines has never been a member of the BNP.

Any working relationship with Marlene Guest finished years ago. At the time Mr Vines was on Council Watch with her it should be noted that he was an Independent councillor and she was a Lib-Dem. After working with her over 10 years ago is it wrong to speak to her when meeting in public – at the count for instance?

Just so you all know.”

John Wilkinson
Agent for Caven Vines UKIP candidate for Rawmarsh ward.

Caven Vines – A little local difficulty?

Ukip stands by Rotherham local election candidate with BNP links

Party’s treatment of Caven Vines contrasts with its withdrawal of support for Cornwall candidate who had been BNP member

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The Guardian, Wednesday 24 April 2013 19.35 BST

The UK Independence party’s local election candidate in Rotherham has had close links to the British National party and thinks there are too many Muslims in Britain – but having been alerted to his views and background, the party’s central command refused to condemn his remarks.

Caven Vines, 62, used to work closely with the BNP‘s Rotherham organiser, Marlene Guest, in a campaign group called Council Watch. He has never been a BNP member but spent 2004-2006 as an independent councillor for the Rotherham West ward and is well known locally for his rightwing views. Read on….

Later in the Guardian article: Jahangir Akhtar, deputy leader of Rotherham council (Labour), said when he beat Vines in Rotherham West in 2006, Vines wrote a letter to the local paper falsely accusing him of “bussing in Pakistanis” to vote for him. “Round here we say Ukip are just BNP in nicer suits,” said Akhtar. “Vines has extreme views more in line with the BNP. It exposes the lie that Ukip are a respectable, non-racist party.” Vines admits penning the letter and says Akhtar used “intimidation tactics” to win in 2006 – an accusation Akhtar denies.’

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Rotherham Politics – BNP & UKIP Two sides of the same coin?

During election periods Rotherham Politics is remarkably free of mentions of the BNP and BNP-Light, known to local voters as UKIP. This is to ensure that we don’t assist them by giving them publicity, all be it, of a negative … Continue reading