Scrutinising Mayor Lutfur Rahman's Diary

Posted on | Sunday, 22 April 2012 | No Comments

From time to time - only from time to time - Tower Hamlets' Mayor Lutfur Rahman graciously publishes his weekly engagements in the council's own publication, East End Life - albeit retrospectively.

One's driven to ask (1) why is he only inclined to reveal his engagements occasionally, and (2) why retrospectively?

Mayor Lutfur Rahman is a full time, highly paid employee of the borough. As this is a public appointment we have a right to know how he is managing his time. He is, after all, fully accountable to the electorate.

We need a regular weekly diary of his engagements - in advance. There is no reason why this should not also be available on the council's web site.

I would particularly like to know how he was spending his time during the recent build up to the Spitalfields bi-election; he is definitely not being paid to canvass for prospective councillors.

p.s. While on the subject of his publicity vehicle, East End Life, it's interesting to note that during his busy diarized schedule he has only been able to provide us with a personal column once a fortnight. Perhaps he needs another Adviser to assist in this heavy workload??


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