"The story of Lutfur Rahman is a democratic success story. The fact that it seems dodgy to the political and media classes is indicative of how long they've been insulated from anything resembling real democracy."
Richard Seymour and Ashok Kumar, writing about the "smear campaign" against Tower Hamlets mayor Rahman in May 2014. Given that he's just been found guilty of electoral corruption by the High Court and removed from office, the suggestion that his critics and accusers might be the ones "insulated from anything resembling real democracy" has a distinctly ironic ring to it. When you're sitting astride a high horse, it can be a long way to fall.
(Thanks to Matt for the link.)