Rowan Laxton Speaks…

12 12 2010

Category; Rowan Laxton, Criminal Law, Anti-Semitism, Middle East

© Daily Telegraph

Professor Geoffrey Pullum has been speaking up for Rowan Laxton on his blog. It’s interesting to read the views on the subject of a distinguished American academic living in the UK especially as he’s had the benefit of a phone conversation with Laxton himself… Read the rest of this entry »





Don’t tell the Minister…

15 09 2010

Category: anti-semitism, Media, Middle East, Politics

British Foreign Secretary William Hague has revealed he knew nothing about EU Trade Commissioner Karel de Gucht’s comments about irrational Jews and the Jewish Lobby.

Louise Ellman MP asked whether he’d heard them during Foreign Office Questions in Parliament. He hadn’t. Hague knew nothing at all about de Gucht’s comments.

He certainly wouldn’t have heard them from the BBC, which decided not to report the matter. It now appears the Foreign Office decided to leave it off ministerial briefings too. Click on ‘read the rest’ to read the exchange… Read the rest of this entry »





All the news that’s fit to ignore

5 09 2010

Category: Media, Middle East, Politics, Anti-Semitism

Peter Hitchens, writing today, has a bee in his bonnet about the BBC;

The BBC remains reliably pro-EU, pro-PC, anti-Israel…

An example he might have pointed out was the BBC’s coverage of the remarks by EU Trade Commissioner Karel de Gucht. On 2nd Spetember de Gucht said on Belgian radio that Jews are not rational and cannot be reasoned with when it comes to the Middle East. He also said that America is in the grip of the Jewish lobby.

Hardly surprisingly the remarks sparked a storm of protest and condemnation, especially coming a few days after a German Bundesbank board member said that Jews have a gene that distinguishes them from others.

The EU Trade Commissioner is one of the most important figures not just in Europe but the world; representing Europe in discussions and negotiations involving the global economy.

So what was wrong with the way the BBC handled de Gucht’s comments?

They didn’t. They covered them in no way at all. Read the rest of this entry »





Rowan Laxton Retrial

25 03 2010

Category: anti-semitism, criminal law, middle east, rowan laxton


To call Rowan Laxton’s second trial an ‘appeal’ could sound misleading. It was a brand new trial, from scratch. Everyone convicted in the magistrates court has the right to this. The whole case is brought again and decided on again.

I’ve had the chance to read some more about the judgment here. I’m puzzled by it.

The bench held that he either didn’t say ‘f——- Jews’ or if he did say it he didn’t think anyone would have been able to hear him.

That sounds like the sort of judgment Bishop Berkeley or Monty Python might come up with – ‘I didn’t do it, and if I did do it I didn’t think anyone would notice me doing it.’… Read the rest of this entry »





Rowan Laxton – No Conviction

24 03 2010

Category: anti-semitism, criminal law, middle east, ROWAN LAXTON

It’s ironic that minutes after publishing a post noting that Rowan Laxton had the very best legal representation there is, word came through to me that his conviction had been overturned on appeal.

The appeal was heard at Southwark Crown Court on 5th March 2010. Read the rest of this entry »





Rowan Laxton – Invisible Civil Servant

23 03 2010

Category: Anti-Semitism, Law, 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)

Senior Foreign Office staff are listed on the internet. Here is a chart of of the top level of the Foreign Office from July 2009 – FCO Senior Management . The spot where Rowan Laxton ought to have been (Political; South Asia) is filled by Philip Barton, listed, diplomatically, as ‘Additional Director’ because Laxton was suspended pending his trial for public disorder.

Having been convicted of that offence, Laxton returned to the Foreign Office, but to what role? We don’t know and we’re not allowed to know.

Influence

This is important because it restricts what kind of job he can be doing… Read the rest of this entry »





Rowan Laxton – Secret Official

20 01 2010

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

I have had the final word from the Foreign Office on my questions about Rowan Laxton: They are not permitted to answer any of my other questions because the information I have requested is ‘personal’ and therefore beyond the scope of the FOA; it’s personal information because it relates to a person. I can’t really argue with that; the logic is flawless. However… Read the rest of this entry »





Newspaper report about Denry’s FOI request

17 12 2009

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

This is a link to a report based on Denry’s Freedom of Information Request about Rowan Laxton:

‘Race rant diplomat back at Foreign Office’





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 »





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 »





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 – 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 »