The first issue is the use of accusations of 'racism' as a political tool. This subject was debated at length in court as counsel for the petitioners sought to demonstrate that Rahman and his followers had use (false) accusations of racism to undermine Labour's mayoral candidate John Biggs at the 2014 election.
It was amply illustrated how such accusations were routinely and prodigally launched by Tower Hamlets politicians, usually the far left and some in the Bangladeshi community.
This is nothing new to anyone who stood in political opposition to the bloc of Labour, the far left and some Bangladeshi groups in the past 35 years.
Moderate Labour figures such as Biggs had to perform contortions to avoid accusations of racism not only in public but within the foetid atmosphere of internal Labour Party machinations.
Judge Mawrey has at last recognised the nature of the Emperor's clothes on this issue and acknowledged the absurdity of such accusations.
Unfortunately, during the Lib Dem administration between 1986-94, we were plagued by accusations of racism from the start. The whole 'liberal' establishment, including the press and many Lib Dems, unquestioningly bought into this analysis without any examination of the facts. It is a perception that persists to this day in some quarters.Lutfur Rahman, incidentally, was received as an honoured guest by Labour in Leicester in 2011. This was despite the fact that, the year before, he had been deselected as the party's mayoral candidate in Tower Hamlets (amid concerns about the selection process and his alleged links with extremist groups) and then stood as an independent against the Labour candidate and won the election.