Lutfur Rahman, Mayor of Tower Hamlets, is a chiselling crook, a bent and fraudulent opportunist who has perverted the voting process and conspired to steal public funds. I feel quite safe in writing this - Rahman is under investigation by the Met, who would probably already have sufficient evidence to charge most folk, but are making sure they have a cast-iron, waterproof case before taking him down. Andrew Gilligan has also been doing Sterling service in the Telegraph's pages in exposing Rahman's bent and crooked dealings.
Whilst Rahman's short criminal reign in Tower Hamlets can be quoted as evidence that Localism doesn't work I would offer the countervailing analysis - his fate has proven that it does. His bent deals will be unwound, illegally sold property will be restored, and some assets recovered from the Muslim groups that benefited from Rahman's corruption.
Moreover, having let him run-on before taking him down provides perfect, racist-free justification for tightening voting and accountability rules - to the public good. And it's proven to Rahman's cohort of supporters that this type of behaviour will not be tolerated in England.
So all good, as far as I can see.