Rowan Laxton Parliamentary Question

12 12 2009

Category: Anti-Semitism, Middle East, Politics, Rowan Laxton

On 10th December Dr Julian Lewis MP (New Forest) asked Harriet Harman, Leader of the House of Commons what role Rowan Laxton would have following his disciplinary procedure at the Foreign Office. Here is her non-answer: Read the rest of this entry »

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Convicted, anti-semite returns to Foreign Office

1 12 2009

Category: Anti-Semitism, Middle East, Politics, Rowan Laxton

(Update – In March 2010 Rowan Laxton was acquitted of racially aggravated public disorder after a retrial – see here for more)

It took a Freedom of Information request to find out what happened to Rowan Laxton. I attach the form sent to me (click below), which sets out my questions and their very limited answer.

Freedom of Information Request – Rowan Laxton

The Foreign Office say they take “any suggestion of inappropriate behaviour very seriously” and that Rowan Laxton “was issued with a final written warning putting him on notice for the next 12 months”

It’s not much to go on but let’s have a look at what there is: Read the rest of this entry »





Too much intelligence

15 11 2009

Category: Law, Media, Politics, Rowan Laxton

I wonder if Rowan Laxton will go the way of Craig Murray, former Ambassador to Uzbekistan who quit his post and gives vent to quite extreme views, quite forcefully expressed, on his blog. It suggests a man filled with rage, and hate, bitterness and bile. It’s impossible to read more than a few lines without recoiling from the vitriol.

More seriously, in a post I read he had decided to out someone as being an SIS (MI6) operative… Read the rest of this entry »





Rowan Laxton and Derek Pasquill

30 10 2009

Category: Middle East, Politics, Rowan Laxton

I was hoping that one of the after-effects of  Foreign Office senior civil servant Rowan Laxton’s conviction might be a little more transparency about the culture of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

The thing that troubled me is that such views don’t come from nowhere. They don’t emerge fully formed one day in the gym. Read the rest of this entry »





Laxton in Limbo

25 10 2009

Category: Middle East, Politics, Anti-Semitism, Rowan Laxton

It’s now more than a month since Rowan Laxton was convicted and fined for his aggravated unpleasantness in a gym. (See below for details)

We still haven’t been told what the Foreign Office has decided to do with Mr Laxton (the former Head of the South Asia Group, number two in Kabul and Charges d’Affaires in Pakistan[source]). Why not?

He was suspended in February, presumably on full pay, and 9 months later we still don’t know whether they’re sacking him or putting him back to work. After almost nine months suspended on full pay his garden must be looking lovely.





Rowan Laxton and Too Many Laws

21 10 2009

Category: Law, Politics, Criminal Law, Rowan Laxton

The case of Rowan Laxton (see below) highlights how complicated criminal law has become: When I read all the coverage I wasn’t exactly sure what he’d been charged with.


The Press all said it was ‘Racially Aggravated Harassment,’ Isn’t that what he was charged with?

Racially aggravated harassment could actually cover a number of things… Read the rest of this entry »





Rowan Laxton – Undiplomatic

18 10 2009

Category: Law, Media, Middle East, Politics, Anti-Semitism, Rowan Laxton

(Update – In March 2010 Rowan Laxton was acquitted of racially aggravated public disorder after a retrial – see here for more)

In September 2009 I was idly looking at the BBC website and came across the case of Rowan Laxton. I wouldn’t normally have seen it; it was placed in the London section in the bottom right hand corner, the most obscure position it could possibly have been placed in with a headline “Race abuse diplomat convicted.” When I read the report I was surprised that I had not heard of the case before and that it had been hidden in the remotest corner of the BBC site. I think the case has lots of interesting aspects. Read the rest of this entry »