Pakistani communities in the UK are profoundly and predictably corrupt. It's not just the old electoral corruption, a smouldering bonfire for which Labour provided petrol in introducing unregulated postal voting, but a deep seated predilection to nepotism and financial and administrative malfeasance. So universally recognised is this, although unspoken until Dominic Grieve's interview with the Telegraph, that the very idea of devolution of government powers down to the lowest local level is always effectively countered with the spectre of what would happen in Tower Hamlets.
And what would happen in Tower Hamlets meets no uninterested argument or denial from anyone anywhere on the political spectrum. Big Bang Localism in this London Borough would see both councillor and officer posts awarded corruptly and nepotistically, bribery and corruption in the award of contracts and tenders, peculation and theft of income and revenue and a fraudulent application of funds that would make the Rotten Parliament of 1997 - 2010 look like thieving from the poor box.
In vain do Localists argue that the system is self-correcting, that Tower Hamlets house prices would fall, people would move out, the tax-base would fall, voters would look at their own reduced circumstances and the great wealth of their 'community leaders' in comparison with neighbours a few yards away in adjoining boroughs and vote them out. For most people, the idea of handing the Pakistani gang masters of Tower Hamlets the keys to the cookie jar is just one step too far, and so Localism stalls.
Well, at least the subject is now out in the open. Pakistani corruption is blocking the evolution of Localism in the UK; they're not the only corrupt community, and indeed white English and Scottish Labour Party members have a long history of electoral fraud - even unto the present day - but they're the most obvious and most pernicious negation of political evolution in Britain.
And Grieve is right; the rule of law must prevail. Not Sharia, not tribal authority, but the law of England and Wales (or of Scotland). The great problem is that few persons, including Mr Grieve, have any faith in our ability to enforce the law - and so we're stuck with Big State Britain; with centralists who are also deeply corrupt, but in a very different way.