Originally published in The Spectator
So farewell then Lutfur Rahman. On Thursday the Islamist-aligned Mayor of Tower Hamlets was found guilty of electoral fraud. The poll in which he was ‘elected’ has been declared void and he has now been barred from office. There is much to be said about this and the implications for British democracy as a whole of what went on in Tower Hamlets.
But this is also a time when certain people should be given a huge amount of credit. The lawyers and the four local residents who brought the case obviously deserve admiration for their tenacity and their principled stand against corruption in public life. But it is also worth mentioning two journalists.