On Wednesday the Times Chief Investigative Reporter, Andrew Norfolk, broke another very embarrassing story concerning Rotherham and it’s turbulent Labour peer!
Featuring Lord Ahmed and some of his pretty outrageous views. On this occasion spoken by himself and broadcast on television, last year in Pakistan.
Rothpol would be very grateful for some scans from the Times, Wednesday and Thursdays editions, so that anyone who missed them can read the sorry tale for themselves, if any reader could oblige?
Meanwhile, as a warm up, I thought readers might like to review these links to stories that made it into the local and national press and media last week:
From the BBC: Labour peer Lord Ahmed suspended after ‘Jewish claims’
The Advertiser: Rotherham peer suspended over new controversy
The Star: Peer suspended by Labour
Yorkshire Post: Labour suspends Yorkshire peer over ‘Jewish conspiracy’ slur
The Telegraph: Busy people text while driving, claimed Peer jailed over fatal crash
The Independent: ‘There’s no place for anti-Semitism in the Labour party’: Ed Miliband condemns Lord Ahmed over claims he blamed imprisonment on ‘Jewish conspiracy’
The Guardian: Labour suspends Muslim peer after reports of antisemitic comments
New Statesman: Lord Ahmed accused of blaming Jewish media owners for his prison sentence
Mirror: Labour peer suspended over claims he blamed Jewish plot for being jailed after fatal car crash
Evening Standard: Labour suspend Lord Ahmed over ‘Jewish conspiracy’ claims
Daily Mail: Labour suspends controversial peer over claims he blamed a Jewish conspiracy for his dangerous driving jail sentence
At Rotherham Politics, we are left scratching our heads at the activities of Lord Ahmed and his apparently limitless ability to cause such offence. We are also continually baffled and dismayed at the failure of the Labour Party to adequately deal with him!
This time, there must be no way back for this deeply flawed individual.
Oh, the answer to my question?
Not by a long chalk! Especially if the labour party continues to stick their heads in the sand and ignore Rotherham’s central problem that Naz Ahmed, Jahangir Akhtar and Mahroof Hussain exemplify!
With Sajid Bostan’s words still ringing in my ears, “We’ve fixed the Council, we’ve fixed the Police and we’ve fixed the Advertiser,” we have a lot to put right in our Town.