Tower Hamlets's Muslim mayor Lutfur Rahman has prompted angry protests after raising the Palestinian flag over the town hall "in solidarity with Gaza".Odd that if he flew the flag in support of ceasefire and peace he didn't fly the Israeli flag too, after all, they were the ones willing to abide by a ceasefire, not hamas.
Just 24 hours after it emerged Mr Rahman is to face trial over claims he committed widespread voting fraud, he ordered the flag to fly "in support of a ceasefire and peace".
Jewish leaders condemned the move as "destructive" for community relations as local residents said the council should concentrate on 'potholes and bins' and not international conflicts.
Mr Rahman was a member of the Tower Hamlets Labour Party and was its candidate to be the first directly elected mayor of the borough in 2010.
He was expelled from the Labour party after allegations surfaced about his close links with an Islamic extremist group called the Islamic Forum of Europe.
I suppose next we can expect to see the islamic republic of Tower Hamlets flying the black flag of jihad given Rahman's extremist tendencies.
There are unfortunately few things more divisive in peoples minds in this country than what's going on in a small corner of the Mediterranean which is odd as it's got bugger all to do with us, having washed our hands of the place back in 1948. Granted some of it is to do with civilisation vs barbarism, even pro-America vs anti-America. Today it's the frontline against islamic extremism, yet still in essence it's not our business and it certainly isn't the business of the Mayor of Tower Hamlets, particularly as although he has a lot of muslims living around the area, some people do not care for Palestinians or their cause at all, even the muslim countries surrounding Israel treat Palestinians like something scraped off their shoes and only give lip service to their cause as a way of keeping their own people occupied away from their own corruption.
No, I expect this is simply Rahman's way of cocking a snook at the establishment and trying to garner a bit of support from the extremists in the area. Bit like the lunatic socialists did in the 70's and 80's with predictably the same results.