Lutfur Rahman: I want to tackle worklessness
By Lutfur Rahman
This week, Jackie Sadek, chief executive of UK Regeneration, a developers' lobbying group, launched a deeply unpleasant attack on our borough.
She wrote: "There is that very special vortex of madness, that place which sensible people would do well to avoid - Tower Hamlets.
"I don't suppose that anyone who works in Canary Wharf has the faintest idea of what goes on in the host borough (that is if they even consider Canary Wharf to be in 'that borough' at all)."
Clearly Ms Sadek is ignorant of Tower Hamlets Council's excellent relations with Canary Wharf, and the fact many residents work there.
She then claims that a recent planning decision about the Fruit and Wool Exchange will result in lost jobs.
She does not pause to consider the effect on employment of the eviction of existing businesses in the Exchange.
Unlike Ms Sadek, the borough has to consider the wellbeing of all its people, not just developers.
Tackling worklessness is one of my top priorities. Through my agreement with Locog, residents have been offered more than 1,700 Olympic jobs.
Over the past three years, 1,000 young people have started an apprenticeship in the borough.
None of this is of remote interest to Jackie Sadek.
■ Lutfur Rahman is executive mayor of Tower Hamlets Council