Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Helping with inquiries - or not?

The Cllr Khan story rumbles on. And on.

Fortunately, he has received information that God is a Liberal Democrat (Harry Potter not enough, then?) and is firmly on his side, but he is still facing a disciplinary investigation by the Bar Standards Board. And to add to his discomfort, it seems that the Liberal Democrat party investigation into his conduct is still going on. Cllr Paul Tilsley originally said that the inquiry had been completed and that it had cleared Cllr Khan of all wrongdoing - which wouldn't be the greatest surprise in the world, but on further investigation, the Birmingham Post spoke to Lib Dem headquarters in London who took a surprisingly different view and it seems that the investigation was merely suspended pending the completion of the legal action.

While the Lib Dems continue to spin this as a Labour attack, that renowned organ of the left, the Post, has itself joined in the fun
The Liberal Democrats continue to prop up in public office a man who was prepared to falsely accuse his Labour opponent of witness intimidation, an offence for which a jail sentence would surely have followed if there was a shred of truth in the claim. If Nick Clegg’s claims to be cleaning up politics mean anything at all, he must start by sacking Coun Khan as parliamentary candidate and member of the city council cabinet.

Granted, it isn't within Clegg's technical power to sack Ayoub from the Cabinet, but I'm sure discreet pressure could be brought to bear on the eminence jaune, John Hemming, to sort the matter out. But the Post were actually early starters in this race - led the charge last year, when Marc Reeves, the editor, wrote:
My paper will demand the resignation of Aston Lib Dem councillor Ayoub Khan, the cabinet member for local services, because - simply - we've had enough of this city's reputation being dragged through the mud.

Khan remains clinging on to power and increasingly desperate dream that he might become MP for Ladywood and his rhetoric is perhaps at a distance from reality. Talking to The Stirrer, Ayoub claimed that
The real judge is the people of Aston who turned out in great numbers to support me in 2007,
Firstly, it was in 2008, not 2007. 'Great' numbers is exaggerating a 352 vote majority - and let's not forget that it was Ayoub Khan who turned up at the Elections Office minutes before the deadline clutching 200 postal vote applications and 150 voter registration forms in a move that almost certainly won the election for him.

His mate, John Hemming, continues to smear the Labour Party, with the unsupported and evidence-free accusation that a Range Rover in Aston was apparently burnt out in an attempt to intimidate witnesses. This is a 'suspicion' based upon his knowledge of Birmingham politics, but not on anything useful like 'evidence' that most people would consider necessary.

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