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 »

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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 »





Spot the Difference

13 07 2010

Category: Media, Middle East, Politics

Russian spy Anna Chapman has been speedily deprived of her UK citizenship, but there has been stony silence in relation to the use of false British passports by other members of the Russian spy group.

When it was alleged earlier this year that Israeli agents had used UK passports the reaction was quite different. As the Wall Street Journal noted a few days ago:

At this stage during the Dubai affair in mid-February, the Labour government had already summoned the Israeli ambassador and announced criminal investigations amid furious statements from all political parties. It expelled another Israeli diplomat a month later. The Guardian newspaper ran some 17 articles highlighting the passport accusations.

By contrast, a week into the Russian forgery story, there is not a hint of a diplomatic row between London and Moscow. The Guardian mentioned the fake passport allegations in two articles that lacked the breathless condemnation directed at Israel. The paper’s editorial on the Russian spy-ring ignores the passport angle altogether. Read the rest of this entry »





The New Class

9 04 2010

Category: Politics

United Nations

Robin Shepherd gives an interesting analysis of the culture of the UK Foreign Office in Standpoint magazine.

He applies Milovan Djilas’ writings (about the privileged “New Class” of Yugoslavia) to explain how this diplomatic class has its own interests in which it acts, alongside its role in international diplomacy… 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 »