Driving the getaway-with-it car

I try to limit how often I pick apart Mayor Lutfur Rahman’s empty rhetoric, partly because it’s a full-time job and partly because it wearies the soul. However, an occasional example suffices to cover the whole. Recently Mr Rahman dispensed with his...

We’re giving bacteria victory in Battle of Wounded Knee

War drives innovation. Copper sheathing for hulls was first suggested in 1708 to tackle the problem of weed growth that slowed and hobbled ships of the line. But it wasn’t until decades later the practice was pushed and perfected. That was because the Royal Navy...

What is the point of the council, if not this?

Recently Mayor Lutfur Rahman blew tens of thousands of pounds on a longshot attempt to save himself from humiliation. Despite a High Court judge telling him that his claim against communities secretary Eric Pickles was “hopeless” he still opted for a...

This is not a cute cat meme

The hutia of the Caribbean; the Guadaloupe storm petrel; the Stephens Island wren – you can’t see any of these creatures in the wild. They are extinct, victims of an imported predator that has created unparalleled damage to indigenous populations – the...

The joy of Lutfur Rahman, direct to your living room

For those who observe Tower Hamlets Council closely or – for health and safety reasons – at arm’s length, Monday’s Panorama would have contained just the one shock amid the welter allegations of mismanagement, cronyism and self-promotion....