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COMMENTBy Giles Broadbent
Sometimes the presentational contortions required to keep Tower Hamlets mayor Lutfur Rahman on the road are so convoluted, you wonder why it's worth the effort.
You can imagine his back room team, the Thunk-Tank, writing Big Ideas on small Post-Its and then writhing around the shagpile in constipated knots agonising over the good, bad and ugly of their latest wheeze.
By Lutfur Rahman
Chancellor George Osborne's Spending Review has shifted much of the burden for the national, economic black hole on to local government.
The cuts he announced last week are massive. They will require the average council to find a further £30million of savings in 2015.
By Peter Golds
I was not surprised when Mayor Lutfur Rahman used his power to increase spending on his private office to £700,000.
However, on opening my most recent Freedom of Information request on how much he spends on personal spin doctors, even I was taken back that just one of these is paid £51,000 per year for what appears to be part time work.
Tower Hamlets' rocketing population is missing out on its fair share of councillors, according to the borough's Labour representatives.
Members criticised Tower Hamlets Mayor Lutfur Rahman and the Boundary Commission by pinpointing what they believe is a "serious discrepancy" between the number of residents each councillor represents in the East End, compared to their counterparts in affluent boroughs of Kensington and Chelsea.
US President Bill Clinton once said: "The people have spoken, but it will take a while to determine exactly what they said."
He was either referring to the disputed 2000 election that appointed his successor or to the strategic development committee of Tower Hamlets Borough Council.